I’m big on free enterprise and capitalism. That’s no secret. But, here’s an example of how NOT to do business.
I once owned MSFT but am glad I now do not. :raspberry:
The business world is spoiling China, and when the hand needs a smack, who’s going to do it?
[quote]BEIJING - Microsoft Corp. has shut down the Internet journal of a Chinese blogger that discussed politically sensitive issues, including a recent strike at a Beijing newspaper.
The action came amid criticism by free-speech activists of foreign technology companies that help the communist government enforce censorship or silence dissent in order to be allowed into China’s market.
Microsoft’s Web log-hosting service shut down the blog at the Chinese government’s request, said Brooke Richardson, group product manager with Microsoft’s MSN online division at company headquarters in Redmond, Wash.
Although Beijing has supported Internet use for education and business, it fiercely polices content. Filters block objectionable foreign Web sites and regulations ban subversive and pornographic content and require service providers to enforce censorship rules.
"When we operate in markets around the world, we have to ensure that our service complies with global laws as well as local laws and norms," Richardson said.[/quote]
Sure. And when did they actually think money was more important than our own values? And please don’t cite the EU thing…that was money only.
I use XP on my laptop. How do I change to something else? Seriously, fuck this.
Modfolk, I chose OPEN to post this because it’s got politics, bidness, general knoweldge and tech co-mingled. Switch forums if you must, but seriously, I want OUT of the microsoft world. :fume:
This is NOT the way the US should do business and if the biggest will do it so callously, then the pilot fish will follow.