Apple Fascism: Culture Of Secrecy

Joe Nocera from the NYTimes:

“Apple simply can’t be trusted to tell the truth[...]. Under Mr. Jobs, Apple has created a culture of secrecy that has served it well in many ways — the speculation over which products Apple will unveil at the annual MacWorld conference has been one of the company’s best marketing tools. But that same culture poisons its corporate governance. Apple tells analysts far less about its operations than most companies do. It turns low-level decisions into state secrets. Directors are often left out of the loop. And it dissembles with impunity.”

Jobs' retort:

“This is Steve Jobs,” he began. “You think I’m an arrogant [expletive] who thinks he’s above the law, and I think you’re a slime bucket who gets most of his facts wrong.”

Charming.

Enjoy your iPhones! :D

Comments

baceman007
Thursday, July 31st, 2008
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Unfortunately, Apple does not always stop just with over-protecting their products. There is a post on baceman007.blogspot.com about how a store recently censored a private e-mail list. I'll leave the details to the post. They sometimes try to sue bloggers, and they are happy to use open source materials, and charge for their own distributions, while rarely giving back to the community. The really sad thing is that we, meaning 90% of consumers, really don't have to put up with this crap. Linux is at a point where 90% of people can switch to it, and tell these proprietary computing thieves what to do with their over-priced garbage. At least Gates is turning out to be a much better citizen than Jobs even if MS did pull some of the same crap.

stevenmansour
Monday, August 11th, 2008
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Yup - all that is true. They make some nice shiny stuff for rich kids, and while I don't agree that Linux is quite ready for most users (because most people's twisted mindsets about computing, due to marketing by Apple and Microsoft), there's definitely room for expansion in the OS market. MS and Apple both have disproportionately large market shares relative to the actual quality of their products.

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