Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 1st Jun 2014 21:33 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y

There were two striking pieces of business news this week from America's leading technology brands. On the one hand, Google unveiled a prototype of an autonomous car that, if it can be made to work at scale, promises to end mass automobile ownership while drastically reducing car wreck fatalities and auto-related pollution. Meanwhile, Apple bought a company that makes high-end headphones.

Which is to say that Apple's playing checkers while Google plays chess.

For better or worse, this is exactly why many people seem to hold Google in higher regard than they do Apple. Both Apple and Google are rich and wealthy beyond average-person-measure. Now, which company will be liked more: the one that uses said wealth to develop crazy may-or-may -not-work technologies that can change the world at a massively substantial scale, or the one that stuffs $150 billion in shady bank accounts to avoid having to pay taxes?

The more wealth you hoard, the less sympathetic people will be towards you. Unless, of course, you use that wealth in a very public way.

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When it comes to taxes...
by BluenoseJake on Sun 1st Jun 2014 21:45 UTC
BluenoseJake
Member since:
2005-08-11

Google is no better than Apple. Just because they move in different directions does not mean they are not any less shady than Apple.

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RE: When it comes to taxes...
by leech on Sun 1st Jun 2014 22:00 in reply to "When it comes to taxes..."
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

Ha, I was thinking the same thing.

Honestly, I think the main difference at this point between Google and Apple is that Apple is ran more by hipsters and Google is ran more by nerds.

The hipsters are of the mindset that if it's design is cool, than that's better.

Nerds care more about functions and gadgets. This is why Google is the one who is experimenting with all the self-driving cars, and google glass stuff. Apple takes years of previous work, polishes it up a bit and releases. Which is why all of their new releases are evolutionary instead of revolutionary.

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RE[2]: When it comes to taxes...
by leos on Mon 2nd Jun 2014 03:47 in reply to "RE: When it comes to taxes..."
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

Apple takes years of previous work, polishes it up a bit and releases. Which is why all of their new releases are evolutionary instead of revolutionary.


Name just one thing that Google has released that is revolutionary.

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RE: When it comes to taxes...
by WorknMan on Sun 1st Jun 2014 22:05 in reply to "When it comes to taxes..."
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Right. This is some very nice cherry picking done by Thom. While Apple continues to eliminate one or two reasons why I won't use iOS with every new release, Google hasn't done much but piss me off over the last few years. First, they killed reader. Then, they left Voice out to rot. And then removed all ad-blocking software from the Play store. And starting with Android 4.2, they haven't done a whole lot with Android, other than breaking things and removing features. And I read an article the other day that they're about to make it even harder to unlock bootloaders. Google Plus continues to get worse and worse with every release. What started out as a mainly nimble, text-oriented social networking app has turned into a clusterf**k that is more a photo editor than anything else. With their 'auto awesome' type bullshit, they're slowly but surely selling out to the iTards and making their ecosystem much less interesting to people like me.

Now, about the self-driving car thing:

Being visually impaired, trust me when I say that I want these self-driving cars more than anyone. That being said, as Steve Jobs once eloquently put it, real artists ship. Meaning, I will be impressed when they actually have something I can buy. Same with Google Glass. It's one thing to talk about all of this cool stuff you're working on, but it's quite another to put it in the hands of the masses.

But if they DO release a self-driving car that works, and that I can actually afford, I will take back every bad thing I ever said about them ;)

Edited 2014-06-01 22:07 UTC

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Developing, building, and shipping a driverless car is about 3409548 orders of magnitude more complicated than shipping a phone or a new iOS release. You really cannot compare the two.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Of course they do, that's not the point. I'm talking about *perception*. People are more willing to let Google's crap slide because Google has this crazy sci-fi stuff going on that's very much in the public eye. It's great PR.

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Treza Member since:
2006-01-11

Real people don't care.

They don't even care about audio quality in their arguably "high end" earphones.

Edited 2014-06-01 22:49 UTC

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Your article preface does not reflect what you meant, it comes off more, Apple is shady and doesn't pay taxes, builds toys, Google pays it's taxes and shoots for the moon.

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someone Member since:
2006-01-12

and the next day, Apple unveils a new programming language at WWDC. As well as a version of iOS containing all the catch-up features people have requested over the years, along with cool APIs like HealthKit, HomeKit and Metal.

Next time, just don't publish these sorts of opinion pieces ahead of keynotes.

Edited 2014-06-02 19:12 UTC

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RE: When it comes to taxes...
by bassbeast on Thu 5th Jun 2014 02:00 in reply to "When it comes to taxes..."
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

I thought that the changes to the TOS and trying to tie everything you do back to G+ would have been enough to convince folks that "don't be evil" was just "think different" for the nerd set, guess I was wrong.

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