The issue of trust is with Google, no...

The issue of trust is with Google, not Viacom

There are 44 comments on the www.washingtonpost.com story from Jul 13, 2008, titled The issue of trust is with Google, not Viacom. In it, www.washingtonpost.com reports that:

Google's self imposed code of conduct is "Don't be evil." It doesn't say "don't be evil unless there's important litigation at stake." Google's reputation is on the line, and how they respond will show their true character. They've shown they'll go to bat for employees, now it's time for them to show they'll go to bat for their users.

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Dee Lou Shawn Al

Saint Clair, MI

#46 Jul 21, 2008
Reality Check,

If Bill Gates was able to "act all friendly with Apple" and work as an "intern," but was still LEGALLY able to use their ideas for products, then it shows that Bill Gates was a SMART competitor who did NOT miss an opportunity!

YOU may not have felt it was "ethical." And the fact is, I probably wouldn't either. But the point is, it was LEGAL, and Bill Gates was aware of that FACT. If Gates would have avoided that opportunity, he would not be a billionaire now. Obviously, it makes sense to play by the LEGAL RULES and take advantage of every opportunity you get...or else someone else eventually will!

The FACT is that Apple should have forced Bill Gates to sign a contract when he was an "intern." If Apple would have made Gates sign a legal contract, it would have changed the LEGAL rules! If Apple would have made Gates sign a contract, it would have meant that Apple would not have been dependent on whether or not an "intern" chose to willingly abide by the same "ethical" standards that the people at Apple wanted their "interns" to abide by.

The FACT is that Apple did NOT force their "interns" to sign contracts like that, which opened the doors for "interns" to use ideas for thier own advantage according to the LEGAL RULES of the government.

Don't blame Gates for being a smart competitor who was aware of all the rules and chose to take advantage of every opportunity.

Blame Apple for being an ignorant comptetitor who was not aware of all the rules and allowed potential threats to be legally uncontained!

Since: Mar 08

Patna

#47 Jul 24, 2008
It's NOt a question of rules,it's of TRUST.Whatever Bg might say,I take him as a person that took everything called 'Trust' away from buisness,and I personally think he won't last long.
Reality Check

Lithuania

#48 Jul 24, 2008
Dee Lou Shawn Al wrote:
Reality Check,
If Bill Gates was able to "act all friendly with Apple" and work as an "intern," but was still LEGALLY able to use their ideas for products, then it shows that Bill Gates was a SMART competitor who did NOT miss an opportunity!
YOU may not have felt it was "ethical." And the fact is, I probably wouldn't either. But the point is, it was LEGAL, and Bill Gates was aware of that FACT. If Gates would have avoided that opportunity, he would not be a billionaire now. Obviously, it makes sense to play by the LEGAL RULES and take advantage of every opportunity you get...or else someone else eventually will!
The FACT is that Apple should have forced Bill Gates to sign a contract when he was an "intern." If Apple would have made Gates sign a legal contract, it would have changed the LEGAL rules! If Apple would have made Gates sign a contract, it would have meant that Apple would not have been dependent on whether or not an "intern" chose to willingly abide by the same "ethical" standards that the people at Apple wanted their "interns" to abide by.
The FACT is that Apple did NOT force their "interns" to sign contracts like that, which opened the doors for "interns" to use ideas for thier own advantage according to the LEGAL RULES of the government.
Don't blame Gates for being a smart competitor who was aware of all the rules and chose to take advantage of every opportunity.
Blame Apple for being an ignorant comptetitor who was not aware of all the rules and allowed potential threats to be legally uncontained!
Yeah...well...it was also LEGAL for OJ Simpson to get away with murder...that does not make it right.
Sal A Mander

Saint Clair, MI

#49 Jul 24, 2008
LOL

There's quite a BIG difference between LEGALLY taking advangtage of a business opportunity, like Bill Gates did, and ILLEGALLY MURDERING a woman the way that OJ Simpson did!

Reality Check, you are just in a case of denial. My only question is, "Who do you know that worked at Apple or is a comepetitor of Microsoft that continually gets beaten by them."

It's important for you to understand that it was INEVITABLE that SOMEONE would have EVENTUALLY taken advantage of Apple, because Apple did NOT do things appropriately!

Being successful in the world of business NEVER EVER needs to rely on the "trust" of "other people."

If Apple would have simply handled things appropriately and forced their interns to sign a contract of silence, or some type of exclusivity clause, then Apple would have been 100% fine.

Don't blame Bill Gates for being smart. Blame Apple for being ignorant.

And don't bring OJ Simpson into the situation, he might be motivated to kill us ILLEGALLY!

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