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#1 The book argues that Western governments could do more to follow China's lead and develop stronger relationships between the state and technology companies.
Double Huh? If Bill and Melinda were any closer, they'd be sleeping in the West Wing!
Posted by Besoeker 2013-02-04 04:52||
#2 Reprint of a comment I made at Belmont Club on this issue:
Perhaps we are looking at this the wrong way.
The way I see it, Google et al are like any entity that wants to cement its income stream and power and then grow both. The desire to do so isn't new and has always been there, but the ability to prevail upon the government with conversation and writing didn't exist. Prior to now they had political leaders with whom they were hostile, largely by choice. Now that they have a wholly owned government with a mighty military, one over which they can exert some influence to use against their enemies.
In other words, they have always known of the "greatness", but loathed it right up until the point when they could wield it. They don't respect the institutions, or the philosophy and sacrifice that made them possible, just the utility, in our throwaway society (ironic that most of them are "green" and believers in recycling etc.).
"Those are OUR planes, now", as was once famously said.
Posted by no mo uro 2013-02-04 07:46||
#3 this is the new cold war and we need to act like it
Posted by Clusong Gromort6441 2013-02-04 09:17||
#4 If you have a website, Rantburg, and take any time at all to analyze your logs you will see that a great many hacking attempts originate in China. It really is a form of state sponsored terrorism. If it was up to me I'd firewall the whole damn country. I would cut off all trade with them. All of it. No exceptions. Why do we do anything at all to enrich a hostile, aggressive, totalitarian dictatorship?
As for the likes of Google, Apple, HP, Dell and Microsoft doing business with the fascist bastards I can only say they are paving the way to their own funerals. What a bunch of fucking morons.
Posted by Ebbang Uluque6305 2013-02-04 12:53||
#5 The book argues that Western governments could do more to follow China's lead and develop stronger relationships between the state and technology companies.
Spoken like the true corporate twin of the classic Fascist/Corporatist state. Benito would be proud.
Posted by AlanC 2013-02-04 12:59||
#6 Without the focus of proper customer choice companies die slowly from the inside.
Posted by Bright Pebbles 2013-02-04 14:29||