Can anything/one be trusted these days? Adam Lachinski spoke at a conference about his new book “Inside Apple” with a former employee confirming his claims about Apple’s obsession with high secrecy.
Here’s what the engineer said:
A friend of mine who’s a senior engineer at Apple, he works on — or did work on — fake products I’m sure for the first part of his career, and interviewed for 9 months. It’s intense.
If potential employees are lucky enough to get past the interviewing process there is another task waiting for them before they even get to touch product development: fake products. These “fake” assignments are meant to test both the skill level and trustworthiness of new employees. Once the manager feels he/she can trust a new hire only then are they assigned to real work.
Even Steve Jobs used to threaten leakers with prosecution; stating a legal battle to the fullest extent.
Are imitation products ruining architecture? The question can be answered from many angles but overall it depends on the circumstance. For instance using real hardwoods in a basement would create immense problems for expansion and contraction. After a few years there would be gaps all over. On the other hand using a granite film (basically granite on a roll) to cover old countertops is just plain sad. A reasonably priced alternative would be Silestone Engineered countertops, still “fake” in the sense of the material but look and feel relatively close to stone. Faux products can offer advantages in terms of maintenance, durability, and cost over the real item but overall if the situation is right the real deal most always trumps the imitation.
Gordon, Lisa Kaplan. Can Granite Film Really Fool the Eye? March 9, 2012. Houselogic. http://www.houselogic.com/blog/home-improvement/faux-granite-countertops/