Originally Posted by Asherian
... The people who believe Apple is chasing making people happy more than profits are delusional. ...
The whole concept that Apple exists to satisfy people while everyone else is out just to make money is incredibly naive.
There you go again. You seem unable to reason except in false dichotomies. Either Apple is working at all times for the selfless good of all mankind, or their only goal is to maximize profits.
You seem to be unable to see the entire multidimensional continuum that exists between these two motivations. Here's what I see.
Apple, like any business, is in business to make money. However, they also have the desire to do so by producing only excellent products. (For example, this is why they consider Apple TV a "hobby", because the conditions don't exist for them to be able to produce what they consider a truly excellent product.) Achieving excellence in product design is bred into their corporate DNA. Do they do it for the good of mankind? Yes and no. Steve Jobs' vision has always been to create great technology that makes peoples lives better. But they also do it, in a completely amoral sense, simply because it's what they want to do. And, they also have to do it, to be able to do it, in a manner subject to the constraints of doing business in the current environment, which forces them to move manufacturing overseas to remain competitive. Are they saints? No. but the primary driving factor that makes them do what they do is not mammon.
Google, on the other hand, approaches business in a very different fashion. Their goal is essentially to dominate and control in whatever sphere they enter. It's a very ego driven approach to business that often leads to a very ruthless approach to competition. Also, because ego is such a predominate factor, there appears to be a feeling internally that they can do no wrong. There motto is, after all, "Do no evil", so whatever they do, they are unable to see it as evil, even if it is: their ego won't allow that. This often leads them into situations, like the Google Books program where the approach it with an attitude of, to paraphrase Richard Nixon, "If Google does it, it isn't wrong." No doubt many individuals working at Google are focused on making great products for the sake of doing so, but the overall corporate persona is one that care not what havoc it wreaks, so long as Google comes out on top.
Originally Posted by Asherian
... Then why do they use Webkit? Sounds to me like a company chasing 'customer satisfaction' and a company with 'ideals' would allow users to do what they want, if they choose to. There's no good reason for Apple to actively block Palm from syncing its devices with iTunes except corporate greed -- they want to force you to buy their high-profit-margin hardware products to use iTunes.
I'm not really sure what using Webkit has to do with Apple preventing iTunes syncing from Palm devices, but the idea that they must be so altruistic as to willingly support a leach with the blood of their own efforts is ridiculous. It's that black and whit thinking you are back to, thinking that oddly leads you sometimes to conclude that if a company is not all good in every way that they are evil, but other times that if they are not all evil in every way that they are good.
The idea that Apple had some obligation to help out Palm and give them a free ride and that to do otherwise makes them evil is a bit fantastic. Palm could have created their own sync software that allowed users to sync their iTunes libraries, other companies have and Apple hasn't stopped them. Instead, they chose to attempt to leverage the work of another company who rightly chose to not allow them to do so. Palm dug their own grave on that one, and it was no fault of Apple's