I used to feel this way about Google too. Given the current events, I don't anymore, and I'm seriously considering DuckDuckGo.
Or ripping off countries?
Or being a member of PRISM?
Or the crappy conditions of the places it manufactures its devices?
- PRISM, as I understand it, is a way for large companies that may be the subject of large quantities of (legal) NSLs/warrants to upload that data.
PRISM collects stored internet communications based on demands made to internet companies such as Google Inc. under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 to turn over any data that match court-approved search terms.
I don't fault them for taking steps to reduce their compliance burden, nor do I have a belief that a company doing these by hand is more virtuous than one that does not.
- Offshore tech manufacturing in general sucks. Seriously. I can't think of a large vendor that doesn't use Chinese parts created under shitty-by-first-world-standards working conditions.
The no poach agreements on the other hand are completely evil and completely on them.
The issue was not that these companies were trying to keep people from moving up in their careers, they were trying to avoid the gray area that results from them having business relationships and using those to cripple each other. It's a bigger pain in the rear to go to court over these than it is to just not proactively do it.
> seriously considering DuckDuckGo
what about Apple's willingness to create a labor monopoly by creating a cartel which agreed not to poach tech talent. Certainly that's as evil as anything amazon has done, no?
Along with the things others have mentioned, their campaigning against right to repair seems pretty unethical to me.
There's also Startpage since DuckDuckGo can be somewhat inaccurate at times.
Corporations aren't people and shouls not be judged for their 'characters'.
My beef with Apple is their holier-than-thou attitude when it comes to Apps on their store. They didn't allow Gab.
In the past they've kicked out political parody apps. Finally they allow hate speech masquerading as religion while banning criticism of the same.
Their use of chinese slave labor, exporting environmental destruction to dictatorships with lax environmental laws, their use of offshore tax havens to elude paying taxes, etc.
Apple is as evil as any other corporation.
at least comes with the occasional nudge to the slave-driver
>exporting environmental destruction to dictatorships with lax environmental laws
Can you explain what this means?
>their use of offshore tax havens to elude paying taxes
This doesn't strike me as particularly evil
I don't know, there's a pretty damn big list of things corporations do that are evil and you didn't seem to elucidate the comparison well enough to end it on 'etc., therefore they are evil'.
They seem to genuinely care about privacy and encryption, actively fighting the American government on backdoors. That's not something I can think of another company doing. Your move.
But better late then never.
It's extremely self-serving.
With respect to video delivery, it'd be like Amazon and AT&T's Whispernet but applied to video instead of ebooks
"Paid fast lanes could replace today’s content-neutral transmission of internet traffic with differential treatment of content based on an online provider’s ability or willingness to pay."
This isn't a "boo-hoo we don't want to pay any more" argument, it's a net neutrality argument.
Anyway, let's hope it's not too late.
The only hope I see for last mile is wireless. It's cheaper, you don't have to dig anything up, and do not have to wait for the telco's or cable co's to fix infrastructure, or grant you access to said infrastructure.
Are there hurdles with wireless, of course. But it is clearly the only option for building out last mile to the home in almost every city in america. On a cost basis, on a time basis, on any basis. The wireless technology just needs to be improved. Being able to serve more people per POP, better protocols to reduce collisions, etc.