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January 24, 2013

Orangutans at the National Zoo, using iPads: Top that, internet.

10:24 // 1 year ago
November 10, 2012

"This is why you don’t buy an iPad from Wal-Mart." In which a group of Kentucky Wal-Mart night shift workers play up every stereotype you’ve ever had about idiotic twenty-something males who think destroying stuff is funny, people from Kentucky, and Wal-Mart employees. (None of which, by the way, may be true, but the video certainly plays into.) A spokesperson told CNET: ”We’ve seen the video of several night-shift associates destroying merchandise in the back of one of our stores in August and, as anyone can image, it made us wince. We are also embarrassed.” This doesn’t happen at Apple Stores … we think.

16:20 // 1 year ago
April 19, 2012
I’m happy they got the guy and I got my iPad. I broke my arm, yeah. But it worked out.
DC Metro rider Daniel L. Wenger • Discussing how he chased down a dude who tried to steal his iPad. Wenger, a 50-year-old analyst at the Pentagon, was reading the news when a dude came up from behind him and swiped it. It was quite the adventure from there, involving multiple metro trains, much running, and the suspect crossing over the electrified third rail at one station before he was eventually caught at another station. But Wenger got his iPad. Not bad, brah.
10:47 // 2 years ago
September 29, 2011
10:57 // 2 years ago
May 9, 2011

Foxconn’s dilemma: Worker suicides down, but so are profits

  • positive Factory workers at China’s Foxconn plants, where they build iPhones, iPads and a bunch of other iStuff, aren’t committing suicide nearly as much as they were a year ago, thanks in part to reforms put in place after Apple twisted their arm.
  • negative Despite a large jump in revenue for the company, their earnings were down — which, unfortunately, might be a reason for others to not follow suit. Good Magazine suggests we, as consumers, should stop taking advantage of “misery discounts.” source
11:29 // 3 years ago
May 1, 2011
Suicides were not connected to bad working conditions. There was a copy effect. If one commits suicide, then others will follow.
Foxconn manager Louis Woo • Explaining away last summer’s suicide problem at his factory in China, which is in the business of producing Apple products. The article cites the research efforts of two NGOs, which cast a less than flattering light on the factory — that workers are publicly humiliated if they perform poorly, that they’re treated “inhumanely, like machines,” that they’re paid a stiflingly low wage to force them to work exhaustively long hours, that they have to sign an anti-suicide pledge telling them to “treasure their lives” — it’s a grim and disconcerting read. Woo’s explanation for the problem of his workers killing themselves seems rather lame, as well. If one commits suicide, the others will follow? That’s not exactly a logical process you’d expect to see in a group of people who were otherwise living happy lives. source (viafollow)
16:11 // 3 years ago