Friday, February 17, 2006

Will They Ever Eat Their Own Dogfood?

The the "Gang of Four" as they've been dubbed (Yahoo, MSN, Google, & Cisco) got raked over the coals by a Senator who also happens to be a Holocast survivor for their recent behaviour in China:

Lantos, to Microsoft: Is your company ashamed?

Microsoft: We comply with legally binding orders whether it's here in the U.S. or China.

Lantos: Well, IBM complied with legal orders when they cooperated with Nazi Germany. Those were legal orders under the Nazi German system...Do you think that IBM during that period had something to be ashamed of?

Microsoft: I can't speak to that. I'm not familiar in detail with IBM's activities in that period.

Lantos: You heard (Rep. Christopher Smith's) speech (click for PDF). Assuming that his words are accurate, is IBM to be ashamed of their action during that period?

Microsoft: Congressman, I don't think it's my position to say whether IBM should be ashamed.

Nothing really surprising, as embarassing as it is to the human race. I'm wondering, is there a requirement for lobbiest/spokesperson to be a sociopath, or is that just an career advantage?

Regardless, there's a move afoot now to introduce legislation to regulate U.S. companies behaviour oversees, like not complying with legally binding court orders to hand over personal information. I wonder if that would also apply in them there U.S. of A's themselves?


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