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.

Thread beginning with comment 589919
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[2]: When it comes to taxes...
by leos on Mon 2nd Jun 2014 03:47 UTC 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.

Reply Parent Score: 0

Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

"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.
"
1GB great webmail
great webreader
great searchengine
youtube
etc.

Revolutionary is when your product changes the future direction.

Reply Parent Score: 4

Ithamar Member since:
2006-03-20

IIRC, besides the search engine, all the other things were bought, not developed by Google itself....

And besides, none of what you're listing is revolutionary, as any of those things did already exist, they just "improved" it, just like Apple did with the iPhone ;)

Reply Parent Score: 1

leos Member since:
2005-09-21


Revolutionary is when your product changes the future direction.


Sure, except the claim is that Apple doesn't do revolutionary tech. So are you claiming the iPod, iPad, and iPhone didn't change the future direction of those markets? If you aren't, then your missed the point of this thread.

Edited 2014-06-03 05:17 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 1

meme Member since:
2006-04-03

What Google released that was revolutionary?

1) GMail. It was first email, where you could have as much mail as you wanted and never had to delete anything. If you came from provider with 10-15 MB account size, it was a godsend. For the first time, you could have all your email on server, not that POP3 nonsense, where you were wondering on which device the email ended up. It was really the first one that was worry free. It literally changed user's attitude towards email.

The labels instead of folders were just a cherry on the top.

2). Maps. Making available always-up-to-date geospatial data for free or low fee is huge. Before that, if you wanted ortofoto of a small city (about 300 km^2), you had to shell out about 12K EUR. No updates, of course, if you wanted newer data, you had to buy them again. The same for maps, landbase, geocoding... Now it is available on the web, for free. Many people still don't realize, how huge this is.

Reply Parent Score: 4

leos Member since:
2005-09-21

What Google released that was revolutionary?

1) GMail. It was first email, where you could have as much mail as you wanted and never had to delete anything. If you came from provider with 10-15 MB account size, it was a godsend. For the first time, you could have all your email on server, not that POP3 nonsense, where you were wondering on which device the email ended up. It was really the first one that was worry free. It literally changed user's attitude towards email.


I agree, except now apply the anti-apple logic to this paragraph. Email is not new, webmail is not new. Email with lots of space was not new, they just gave you a bit more space. For most people, the increased space was meaningless because they didn't even use the space that Hotmail gave them. If anything, hotmail was the real innovation.
See? Same argument is used against the iPhone. It's not real innovation because blah blah phone did it first. Never mind that every invention in the history of mankind is built on a previous one.

Reply Parent Score: 1