Hard Case: Google in 2009: the New Microsoft?

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naxself

Google is already evil. It just won't admit it. The same goes for Apple: it likes to pretend it's all nice and inclusive (witness the commercials) but the reality is that it is constantly looking out for itself. Hence the arduous application approval process for the Iphone, etc. The problem is that neither company will admit that they're evil (or at least that they're not entirely altruistic).

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etsugua

the way i see it, a company turns to the dark side the moment it stops acting like a leader and becomes a bully -- not to it's competitors but to it's partners and customers.  Microsoft has a long track record of this beginning with the birth of the age of the internet - the point of which it realized it's mortatlity (and considering how insignificant the OS is becoming, that pillar you mentioned called Windows is going to crash down soon - but that is another discussion).  IBM if famous for using FUD to get it's way with it's customers.  Intel, AT&T - same story.

I don't see where Google has started doing that yet so there is still hope it won't turn to the dark side.  It may continue to be a leader and embrase openness (which it recently did by abandoning it's own API and embracing HTML 5).  And it may continue running two directions at once (I have to assume Android and Chome OS will merge), but such is the call of wild and inspired innovation.

But until Google starts telling me that i must use my computer THIS way or I can only do that with THEIR browser. I will keep them as my home page :-)

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xRadeon

Did you think about Apple? I would say that Apple has the same power of the music and mobile computing front. I read an article similar to this about two years ago that basically said that Apple and Google are going to end up being hated by everyone just like Microsoft is now. You can kind of see that now with Apple having a crazy long and hard app approval process. Anyways I agree with this article, but I will still use Google. Thanks!

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chihs

I don't trust the google, they always says "we do no evil", actually they are eviling....eventually will become an evil enterprise. 

 Chihs

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Havok

 "All of this has happened before, and it shall all happen again, and again, and again, and agai-"

 

 

CLICK.

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VraiChevalier

It seems to me that Google isn't really all that interested in selling products; i.e. phones, netbooks, etc. What Google does so well is collect, collate, and resell information. Google is the consumate marketing machine. What Google has been able to do thus far, is doing now, and will be able to do in the future is unprecedented. Never before in history has any one organization been able to collect so much information (data) on so many individuals AND organize that data into usable formats. It is incredible and disconcerting. Microsoft still has not figured out the value of all that data as is evidenced by Bing, Live, Hotmail, Folder Share, etc., etc., etc.

Be afraid of Google. Be very very afraid.

Miseris Succurrere Disco

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nekollx

 I for one welcome our new Google Overlords.

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opticallog

I don't think you quite understand Calvinist thought, based on the context you used the word in.  At it's core is the exact opposite idea you're attempting to convey.  There is no "deserving" in Calvinist thought.

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ne01

The "unconditional" in unconditional election means that you're chosen in spite of the fact that you don't deserve it. Not that that's what this article is about, but the context in which Calvinism is referred to is a gross misrepresentation of what Calvinists believe.

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nekollx

 so Bushist then?

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Caballera

One of my issues with Google is now a lot of people have the mentality of getting things for 'Free'.

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