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2011-10-06 12:24:11 PM

factoryconnection: he was a CEO of the company that also brought us the FOXCONN sweatshops in China


Foxconn existed long before even Apple Computer did.

If their Chinese factories hadn't been contracted to assemble iPhones, they would have been just as busy assembling some other device for some other company.
 
2011-10-06 12:25:10 PM
I like that it is in a walled garden.
 
2011-10-06 12:27:07 PM

poot_rootbeer: factoryconnection: he was a CEO of the company that also brought us the FOXCONN sweatshops in China

Foxconn existed long before even Apple Computer did.

If their Chinese factories hadn't been contracted to assemble iPhones, they would have been just as busy assembling some other device for some other company.


Ah so then it's cool then.
 
2011-10-06 12:28:47 PM

Treize26: poot_rootbeer: factoryconnection: he was a CEO of the company that also brought us the FOXCONN sweatshops in China

Foxconn existed long before even Apple Computer did.

If their Chinese factories hadn't been contracted to assemble iPhones, they would have been just as busy assembling some other device for some other company.

Ah so then it's cool then.


What I think he's getting at that if it hadn't been an Apple contractor the publicity surrounding the events at FoxxConn wouldn't have become as public as they did.

And it could have been much much worse that the atrocities could have continued and escalated.

/Not an apple fanbois
 
2011-10-06 12:30:28 PM

factoryconnection:
If nothing else, though he was a CEO of the company that also brought us the FOXCONN sweatshops in China,


As was established in another thread, an Apple equipment owner fully supports Apple's business practices. So when it comes to FOXCONN... you support them as well.

Foxconn make the XBox360, a lot of the official Microsoft parts (i.e. controllers) for it, they make ` huge chunk of Dell's (and by extension all Dell subsiduaries like Alienware) product line. In fact, unless you built your own computer with parts specifically not assembled by Foxconn (tricky, a LOT of OEM's use them) in any way, shape or form. You support the same swearshop conditions as I apparently do.

So enjoy yourself, you'll be burning in hell right alongside me and it's too late to do anything about it.
 
2011-10-06 12:30:59 PM

mitEj: Occam's Chainsaw: Ben Enya: You didn't see people blowing their load like this when Dave from Wendy's died.

I got a little misty the other day when Wendy was talking about her dad. Dave Thomas was a truly good man.

yes he was, and he used what he earned to give back to others who had it rough.


As long as they were straight.
 
2011-10-06 12:31:07 PM

trappedspirit: I use a macbook pro at work, so I see that, a lot. It's like an hour glass icon on windows, letting you know the machine has just enough computing power at the moment to let you know it's computing.


And it's pretty rare.
 
2011-10-06 12:31:31 PM

poot_rootbeer: If their Chinese factories hadn't been contracted to assemble iPhones, they would have been just as busy assembling some other device for some other company.


They contracted with a sweatshop company and no doubt knew exactly what they were getting. iPhones weren't some tiny production line... even if Apple was so blase as to have no presence in their manufacturing sites, that's still a black mark on corporate leadership.
 
2011-10-06 12:33:55 PM

sarah_t_s: So enjoy yourself, you'll be burning in hell right alongside me and it's too late to do anything about it.


Blameless is Apple, gotcha. Their hands were tied.

Or does that just make them guilty like Dell?
 
2011-10-06 12:34:44 PM
I love how people are crying over Jobs' death.

It's like when Jerry Garcia died... only more hipster douchey and less smelly potty
 
2011-10-06 12:37:20 PM

Ben Enya: You didn't see people blowing their load like this when Dave from Wendy's died.


People still mourn Jim Henson. Does that count?
 
2011-10-06 12:38:07 PM

Smiths: I love how people are crying over Jobs' death.

It's like when Jerry Garcia died... only more hipster douchey and less smelly potty


Now there is the Smiths that the fWc knows and loves.
 
2011-10-06 12:40:31 PM

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Steve Jobs!!!!
 
2011-10-06 12:41:21 PM

Smiths: I love how people are crying over Jobs' death.

It's like when Jerry Garcia died... only more hipster douchey and less smelly potty


i178.photobucket.com
 
2011-10-06 12:41:56 PM
fark Steve Jobs.

fark Apple and their overpriced crap.

fark the iQueefs.
 
2011-10-06 12:42:31 PM

Mambo Bananapatch: Thanks guys. That is a really first-rate tribute.


This.

XKCD is the best strip since Bloom County.

And that.
 
2011-10-06 12:43:38 PM

austin_millbarge: Eirik: Reminds me of the last time I worked in an office that used all Mac products. Almost new machines, new software, ran so damn slow that I could literally write a sentence, get up, get a cup of tea, sit back down and watch the thing slowly catch up to me. It would take up to an hour to type up a patient report, when the exam only last 20 minutes.

Either you're lying out your ass being a Windows fantroll or the IT guys there had it loaded down with so much Norton crap that it spent half its cycles trying to update (unnecessary) virus profiles.


It was a two person medical office that ran three different Macs, all of which were up to date with the latest software because the owner worshiped at the feet of Steven Jobs. The only real program that we used on a daily basis was a practice management program that included an EMR and billing software. He had no security software I was aware of (he didn't believe he would ever need it). I started there in 2007, and the oldest Mac there was perhaps two years old (and the one we used for our exams was brand new when I started). He had a couple Windows machines hanging around, but we didn't use them for much.

Conversely, since I left that office, I'm in my own one doctor office and run five different computers, all on Windows XP. These machines are all ancient because I can't afford new equipment I don't need. A couple Dell Dimension 2400's, an old Compaq... they work just fine, even if they do need a bit more power these days.
 
2011-10-06 12:44:13 PM

factoryconnection: They contracted with a sweatshop company and no doubt knew exactly what they were getting. iPhones weren't some tiny production line... even if Apple was so blase as to have no presence in their manufacturing sites, that's still a black mark on corporate leadership.


I don't disagree with the assertion that Apple (and by extension Jobs) implicitly condoned Foxconn's practices by continuing to to contract with them, and the same is true of Microsoft or Dell or whatever company does business with them.

But that's not the assertion I was refuting. factoryconnection stated that Apple "brought us" Foxconn, as if exploiting cheap overseas labor was a novel business innovation created by Steve Jobs. It was not.
 
2011-10-06 12:44:31 PM

KatjaMouse: Eirik: /Restarted those machines more in two years than I have ever had Windows Vista crash on me.

Inversely I have the only Mac in my office and I run on more memory than any of the other machines and one of the very very few machines here that hasn't had horrific problems since I started working here. Also I run several programs simultaneously on it with no problems while my boss's computer freaks out if he tries to write an email while XCel and Word are open at the same time.


I think you should both take better care of your computers and stop assuming the brand has anything to do with how well a poorly maintained machine- of ANY brand- tends to perform.
 
2011-10-06 12:44:32 PM

factoryconnection:
Or does that just make them guilty like Dell?


Exactly. Apple are as guilty as all the other companies that use Foxconn assembly lines and those companies are legion; there is plenty of guilt to spread around.
 
2011-10-06 12:44:39 PM

ConConHead: People still mourn Jim Henson. Does that count?


I watched Big Bird singing "It Ain't Easy Being Green" from the Jim Henson memorial on YouTube the other day. It gave the eyes a good flush.

I may have forgotten to complement XKCD's tribute. That is a good one.
 
2011-10-06 12:47:35 PM

saulecker: Jamdug!: Blocked at work. Someone please repost.

your work blocks XKCD, but not Fark?


That seems to be the case, yes. Apparently "Humor" is blocked at work. That's not a joke.
 
2011-10-06 12:47:54 PM

poot_rootbeer: But that's not the assertion I was refuting. factoryconnection stated that Apple "brought us" Foxconn, as if exploiting cheap overseas labor was a novel business innovation created by Steve Jobs. It was not.


Got it... guiltless due to peer pressure. Their corporate management even moreso.
 
2011-10-06 12:48:48 PM

Smiths: I love how people are crying over Jobs' death.

It's like when Jerry Garcia died... only more hipster douchey and less smelly potty


And he will be forever remembered as a delicious ice cream.
 
2011-10-06 12:49:09 PM
I heard this quote on the way to work: Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. I do believe he changed my life today. Seriously. But not too much--I still came to work.
 
2011-10-06 12:49:42 PM
a1.mzstatic.com
 
2011-10-06 12:51:00 PM

Avonmore: Abstruse


I believe this is the comic you were looking for?
abstrusegoose.com
 
2011-10-06 12:51:04 PM
I here that Job's soul is cursed to wander the earth in a state of undeath until that loading icon goes away.
 
2011-10-06 12:52:41 PM

karlandtanya: Avonmore: Abstruse

I believe this is the comic you were looking for?
[abstrusegoose.com image 640x487]


Never heard of that comic before, but I may have to start reading it after that.
 
2011-10-06 12:52:51 PM

austin_millbarge: Eirik: Reminds me of the last time I worked in an office that used all Mac products. Almost new machines, new software, ran so damn slow that I could literally write a sentence, get up, get a cup of tea, sit back down and watch the thing slowly catch up to me. It would take up to an hour to type up a patient report, when the exam only last 20 minutes.

Either you're lying out your ass being a Windows fantroll or the IT guys there had it loaded down with so much Norton crap that it spent half its cycles trying to update (unnecessary) virus profiles.


No, we're an all-Mac ad agency and one of the art directors here had a horrible time with Illustrator and MS Word doing exactly what Eirik described. I think it had something to do with a font conflict. She had a habit of installing every free crapware font on the intarwebz. But making small copy edits in Illustrator took her FOREVER. Regardless of how fast you typed, each letter took at least a second to appear on screen. You could navigate through text fields using the arrow keys, though, so it wasn't a problem between the keyboard and computer (or between the keyboard and chair, for that matter). Wipe and reinstall cured it, and she was a little more selective with her fonts after that.
 
2011-10-06 12:53:44 PM
OK so Steve Jobs kicked-it. That's sad because a fellow human being died the same horribly slow death as my father. But Steve Jobs wasn't (as far as I know) my father so....let's all show our respect quietly. With dignity. No mass hysteria.

I swear, if Matt Lauer does his smarmy bullshiat sad puppy face again, I'll be the guy behind them unrinating on the studio window.

I normally don't give a shiat how hysterical the public is but when my 13yr old calls me, almost in tears..... "son, who is your father? Me. Right. Did I croak? No. Did Steve send you birthday emails and post on your Facebook every day? Did he invite you to be on the evaluiation committee for the next iAnything? No? OK...see where dear ol' Dad is going with this?"
 
2011-10-06 12:54:13 PM

Eirik: I started there in 2007, and the oldest Mac there was perhaps two years old


So a 2005 vintage, possible PPC Mac of some description. It's possible the software was making us of classic mode (i.e. running in Mac OS 9) and frankly Mac OS 9 is a version of the OS all of us would like to forget... it's Apple's Windows ME.
 
2011-10-06 12:55:22 PM

Claude Ballse: The only 2 downsides with OS X are the lack of a built-in defrag utility


OS X does de-fragmenting automatically, so there's that. As for the external boot media - that's the safe way to do it. If you're running a disk maintenance app from a drive, and then you need to repair the drive that the app is on, and you end up having to re-write the space that app is on while it's running... it's just safer to keep the repaired drive separate from the repairing drive.
 
2011-10-06 12:57:14 PM

Jamdug!: saulecker: Jamdug!: Blocked at work. Someone please repost.

your work blocks XKCD, but not Fark?

That seems to be the case, yes. Apparently "Humor" is blocked at work. That's not a joke.


Apparently your work blocks Romance, Sarcasm, Math, and Language as well.

And now I find myself wondering where one can work where none of those things is either encountered or needed.
 
2011-10-06 12:58:00 PM

Eirik: Reminds me of the last time I worked in an office that used all Mac products. Almost new machines, new software, ran so damn slow that I could literally write a sentence, get up, get a cup of tea, sit back down and watch the thing slowly catch up to me. It would take up to an hour to type up a patient report, when the exam only last 20 minutes.

/Restarted those machines more in two years than I have ever had Windows Vista crash on me.
//Don't get me started about my glitchy iPhone 3GS.


Currently running a MBP with 8G - FF with 15+ browser windows, Word (5+ docs) Excel (5+ docs), Skype, Yahoo IM, Acrobat, Entourage, Xtorrent, and a Fusion occurrence of Win 7, and everything is skipping right along at about 80% idle. Last reboot was 41 days ago, although I'll have to reboot because of some pending updates.

I'd say whatever issues you might have had have been mopped up.

/admitted mac fanboi
//makes his living supporting windows networks
 
Juc
2011-10-06 12:59:08 PM

KatjaMouse: Eirik: /Restarted those machines more in two years than I have ever had Windows Vista crash on me.

Inversely I have the only Mac in my office and I run on more memory than any of the other machines and one of the very very few machines here that hasn't had horrific problems since I started working here. Also I run several programs simultaneously on it with no problems while my boss's computer freaks out if he tries to write an email while XCel and Word are open at the same time.



That's because bosses suck with computers. One of my old bosses somehow managed to uninstall his OS when we moved him across the room one day
 
2011-10-06 01:05:49 PM

poot_rootbeer: factoryconnection: he was a CEO of the company that also brought us the FOXCONN sweatshops in China

Foxconn existed long before even Apple Computer did.

If their Chinese factories hadn't been contracted to assemble iPhones, they would have been just as busy assembling some other device for some other company.


Yeah, but Apple outbid that other company for the resources FOXCONN offered. They were willing to pay that little bit extra for what is analogous to slave labor.
 
2011-10-06 01:06:17 PM
How did you people even find this?

Who checks xkcd on a thursday???
 
2011-10-06 01:08:41 PM
Typing this on a MacBook Pro with a 2.8 GHz Duo and 4 GB ram, having six applications open (one of which is MS Windows) and five terminal sessions to various servers, and am having no memory or performance issue, I'm getting a kick out of some of the posts about how slow an klugey Macs are.

I've noted the anti-Apple morons are out in force all over the interubes today. It was expected, though. THey've probably been checking the news six times per day to see if Jobs had kicked yet.
 
2011-10-06 01:08:47 PM

fappomatic: OK so Steve Jobs kicked-it. That's sad because a fellow human being died the same horribly slow death as my father. But Steve Jobs wasn't (as far as I know) my father so....let's all show our respect quietly. With dignity. No mass hysteria.

I swear, if Matt Lauer does his smarmy bullshiat sad puppy face again, I'll be the guy behind them unrinating on the studio window.

I normally don't give a shiat how hysterical the public is but when my 13yr old calls me, almost in tears..... "son, who is your father? Me. Right. Did I croak? No. Did Steve send you birthday emails and post on your Facebook every day? Did he invite you to be on the evaluiation committee for the next iAnything? No? OK...see where dear ol' Dad is going with this?"


compassion.app ---> Users/fappomatic/Applications
 
2011-10-06 01:09:21 PM

fappomatic: OK so Steve Jobs kicked-it. That's sad because a fellow human being died the same horribly slow death as my father. But Steve Jobs wasn't (as far as I know) my father so....let's all show our respect quietly. With dignity. No mass hysteria.

I swear, if Matt Lauer does his smarmy bullshiat sad puppy face again, I'll be the guy behind them unrinating on the studio window.

I normally don't give a shiat how hysterical the public is but when my 13yr old calls me, almost in tears..... "son, who is your father? Me. Right. Did I croak? No. Did Steve send you birthday emails and post on your Facebook every day? Did he invite you to be on the evaluiation committee for the next iAnything? No? OK...see where dear ol' Dad is going with this?"


Wow, you send your son an email once a year and post on his wall. It sounds like Steve Jobs may well have had more influence on his life than you do.
 
2011-10-06 01:13:24 PM

austin_millbarge: Eirik: Reminds me of the last time I worked in an office that used all Mac products. Almost new machines, new software, ran so damn slow that I could literally write a sentence, get up, get a cup of tea, sit back down and watch the thing slowly catch up to me. It would take up to an hour to type up a patient report, when the exam only last 20 minutes.

Either you're lying out your ass being a Windows fantroll or the IT guys there had it loaded down with so much Norton crap that it spent half its cycles trying to update (unnecessary) virus profiles.


My old Mac Plus used to run that kind of slow if you were running something really big, like PageMaker. But that was 20 years ago.
 
2011-10-06 01:13:43 PM
farm4.static.flickr.com
 
2011-10-06 01:14:42 PM

canyoneer: Techno-utopianism and scientism. This guy was just a rapacious businessman and technocrat. Hero worship - especially hero worship of mundane technocrats - is a disease.


So is spouting ten-dollar words to express two cents. What psychological mechanism prompted you to espound your opinion in a exaggerated expression of polysyllabic profundity and bombastic example of anti-brevity in hopes that the common Farker (if there is such) would feel sufficiently impressed to conclude that one is possesed of higher cognitive functioning?

In other words: Who stepped on your tail?
 
2011-10-06 01:15:49 PM

JackieRabbit: Typing this on a MacBook Pro with a 2.8 GHz Duo and 4 GB ram, having six applications open (one of which is MS Windows) and five terminal sessions to various servers, and am having no memory or performance issue, I'm getting a kick out of some of the posts about how slow an klugey Macs are.


There're still a lot of people who think iPods can only play stuff purchased from the iTunes store and that Macs can only use one button.
 
2011-10-06 01:15:56 PM

Claude Ballse:
RIP Jobs.
/Woz, you better make damn sure you're taking care of yourself!


Have you seen his Twitter account? It's just posts about all the fast food he eats.
 
2011-10-06 01:16:41 PM

sarah_t_s: factoryconnection:
If nothing else, though he was a CEO of the company that also brought us the FOXCONN sweatshops in China,

As was established in another thread, an Apple equipment owner fully supports Apple's business practices. So when it comes to FOXCONN... you support them as well.

Foxconn make the XBox360, a lot of the official Microsoft parts (i.e. controllers) for it, they make ` huge chunk of Dell's (and by extension all Dell subsiduaries like Alienware) product line. In fact, unless you built your own computer with parts specifically not assembled by Foxconn (tricky, a LOT of OEM's use them) in any way, shape or form. You support the same swearshop conditions as I apparently do.

So enjoy yourself, you'll be burning in hell right alongside me and it's too late to do anything about it.


The interesting question: Are there suppliers that are less sweatshoppy?

I'd imagine it's difficult to buy anything at all that doesn't have at least some Third-World-sweatshop taint.
 
2011-10-06 01:16:58 PM

JackieRabbit: Typing this on a MacBook Pro with a 2.8 GHz Duo and 4 GB ram,


Dont be such an AW. No one cares.
 
2011-10-06 01:19:04 PM

karlandtanya: Avonmore: Abstruse

I believe this is the comic you were looking for?
[abstrusegoose.com image 640x487]


XKCD is clever and I do laugh at it often, but I dont understand the fanboism. There's a lot of geek comics that are better at the humor than XKCD. I will confess that XKCD is the most high-brow of the bunch, but that doesn't make it the best.

www.smbc-comics.com
www.thedoghousediaries.com
 
2011-10-06 01:20:56 PM
Dave Thomas died??

/is serious
//Wikipedia'd
/// :(
 
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