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Sometimes it's the little things that can cause you to step back and rethink how you look at a company. For much of this decade, Microsoft has been the "evil empire" with Apple, Linux and Google on the side of the Force. With Microsoft actually doing some positive creative things for once, Apple's decision to raise iPhone prices in the face of declining consumer income, Google's attack on single parents and Richard Stallman's attack on Bill Gates' philanthropy, it appears these entities' images may be changing.
lets see - apple (which i do not consider to be an angel) is accused of gouging people in downtimes but Microsoft is lauded for selling antivirus (a.k.a. protection racket) and Office for $70 per year.
I dont get your point: a) the more MS makes on onecare the less motivation they will have to actually make the OS more secure and b) any money at all for an office suite when "equally as good" ones are free and freely available does not seem to me to back up your premise.
Google is another story...
If Apple say that you don't need AV software. How would you know that your system is infected? Looking at NVD.nist.govt I see lots of vulnerabilities but I don't think there are many exploits but even one exploit could do alot of damage if no AV is being used on the on the platform.
Microsoft is a convicted monopolist. Only because of the undue influence of money and lobbyists in Washington did they escape stronger sanctions for all the immoral things they did building up their empire. For all the money Gates has made through his immoral conduct over the years he's given away a minuscule fraction. Frankly, to paint Bill Gates as some great person through is theatrical retirement is a pile of rubbish.
And to paint Richard negatively because he's gone to some countries critical of the U.S. to help them adopt free software misses the point as well.
You need to do better research so you'll know what you're talking about and understand the bigger picture of what is really going on in the world.
Throughout the article you...
- accused Google of attacking single parents
- accused Google of attacking their employee's kids
- compared Google's words with an infamous phrase that sparked a political revolution, with a completely non-sequitor bit of trivia (for those who didn't know) that the person who spoke those words was beheaded.
I agree that Google inflating daycare costs is a questionable move, and it would be nice to see an article discussing their reasons for diong it and the flaws behind those reasons. This, however, is just sensationlism at its worst.
Why not finish off the article with "Google hates baby kittens"? That's some responsible journalism. And finally, to spin that (a change in employee benefits) as the first step towards Google's grand downfall is a stretch of the imagination.
Worst article I read in a log time. Not documented, just a children homework.
I looked for the sources, searching for the R. Stallman sins. Go there, pls, and try to find an attack to the Gates' Foundation from Mr. Stallman. I didn't.
I've just found Mr. Stallman opinion:
"What really matters is not Gates, nor Microsoft, but the unethical system of restrictions that Microsoft, like many other software companies, imposes on its customers".
Maybe Mr. Enderle read a different article. If so, Mr Enderle, let us know what the source was, pls. I'm sure you agree all of your readers -me too- deserve it.
"For Apple, I think the strategy of colluding with AT&T (NYSE: T) to increase prices for the new iPhone, bring out an incomplete product, while reducing the cost of the phone to Apple during a time when consumers are in financial distress is a bad one"
Er, The 10 buck increase on the old service was to cover the cost of going from the pre 3G network to the new network speeds. God, Enderle can't you first of all accept that the launch of the 3G iPhone has been nothing short of fantastic. 1 Million phones sold. I know that doesn't fit in with your windows / rim plans but hey the world is changing.
If people want to have children they should take the responsibility that comes with rearing children. This includes all costs involved.
Google are stupid for offering any facilities to these people at all, especially subsidised facilities.
I would resent a company that was subsidising others at my expense. It is bad enough when the government does it.