Which is worse: Google now, or Microsoft in the 90s/early 2000s? Why?
@alexbuzzbee Aahhh this is a hard question.
Probably Google now, because in addition to the business practices they're tracking our every move online. But, from what I've heard, their business practices aren't _quite_ that bad.
> Which is worse: Google now, or Microsoft in the 90s/early 2000s? Why?
When early-2000s Microsoft received a court order requiring them to give customers a choice between different browsers, they rigged the "random" order of browsers presented. https://www.robweir.com/blog/2010/02/microsoft-random-browser-ballot.html
When Google received the same sort of court order, they fairly randomized the selection—but auctioned off the right to be one of the competitor products to the highest bidder https://venturebeat.com/2019/08/02/google-opens-auction-for-default-android-search-engine-in-europe/
A better version of this question would be: which one was worse? Ted Bundy or Fred Fish?
Or: would you rather have terminal cancer or ebola?
@alexbuzzbee Microsoft today 😋
@alexbuzzbee Google now, since at least there was no tracking everywhere on their shitty software.
@alexbuzzbee Google now and Microsoft now. Tracking, Telemetry.
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