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by:Brian Murphy
Apple cut the pay of people jumping off the roof as well.....No harm, no foul.
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by:Justin Pierce
Hi Brian,

That simply isn't true. What you meant to say is that Foxconn aka Hon Hai Precision Industry (a Chinese manufacturer that is used by other big computer companies: Dell, HP, Microsoft, and Nintendo) were implementing third world practices without Apple knowing. Apple did what any good company would do and worked with Foxconn to fix the issues. In fact, Apple did the smart thing and allowed an independent investigation by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to catch all the problems that its management wouldn't be able to find. The investigation was akin to looking into the mirror with your delinquent friend and offering your assistance to help them change their ways (Apple was too intertwined with Foxconn to let them go).

The CBS article: Link

Summarizing the report: The Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM) investigated and found that Foxconn was abusing their employees in third world fashion. The workers were stressed out, checks weren't being paid on time or at all, living conditions were horrible, rules and punishments were strict, and it was a nightmare for those that stayed to help bring in a paycheck for their families. This reporting went hand-in-hand with the FLA investigation.

Here is the link to the initial FLA report: Link


Summing it up, the report finds 50 issues that broke the FLA Code and Chinese labor laws. All of it rested on the shoulders of Foxconn because they were using inappropriate rules to try and meet the demand for Apple. The demand and inadequate workforce (Foxconn had an extremely high turnover rate) were the main reasons why people were jumping from the rooftops; they simply weren't getting enough sleep. The report also finds that despite the workers getting paid an above average wage for the country, they, of course, wanted to make a few extra bucks (which Foxconn used 30-minute increments in where 29-minutes resulted in no pay and 58 minutes led to half pay). Along with the third world rules, harsh punishments,
substandard living quarters, and the hopelessness that no matter how hard or long they worked it was impossible to get ahead. Naturally, the workers became depressed and or suicidal. It's important to know that many people just quit the job instead of ending their lives, but not everyone handles stressors the same. All of that said, there was no excuse for Foxconn to be cutting corners in pay, living quarters, or work/life hours. It was plain greed to redistribute the wealth to the top instead of the bottom. Again all of this is shameful and not uncommon for third world countries to do (it's what they've known and done for a long time), but it was acted out without Apple's knowledge. The report ends with both Apple and Foxconn agreeing to put all remediations into place.

Then there was Mike Daisey.

The Slate article on Mike Daisey: Link

In brief, Mike Daisey lied to get fame and money.

The Reuters Piece: Link

The article shows a fundamental change for Foxconn in how they see living and factory conditions for workers. Also, the cost would be split between Apple and Foxconn to hire and improve such conditions.

Here is the second FLA report: Link

It states that 178,000 workers were hired to help lower the hours needed to meet Apple's product demand, Unions with declining management participation were implemented to protect workers (employees liked this), and living conditions were improved. Breaks were now standard policy, better equipment was in use, and working hours reduced to 60 hours per week (consistent with FLA and Apple code standards), but it still didn't meet the maximum of 49 hours (including overtime) for China labor laws. In short, Foxconn had made huge strides in fixing their corporate culture but still needed to hire more people to lower overall working hours.

The FLA Press Release: Link

The Press Release is easier to read but states the same thing as above, Foxconn has and is continuing to make huge improvements for workers (with Apple's help).

The Atlantic Piece: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/05/how-apple-fixed-its-foxconn-problem/328307/

The Atlantic article reluctantly applauded Apple for saying the right things and backing up those words with money. In short, Apple and Foxconn shared the expenses and increased the pay for employees, and promised to hire more workers to lower the overtime hours needed to meet the demand for Apple products.


I understand that you may not like Apple for whatever reasons that upset you but to take a complicated issue (dealing with third world practices) and say, "Apple cut the pay of people jumping off the roof..." is mean-spirited and wrong. Remember those same methods were being used to build Microsoft, HP, and Dell products as well, but since demand for Apple's products was higher at the time, Apple became the face for Foxconn in the West.
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For those of us, that like seeing our alma maters take a pigskin and strategically move down the field, you'll be happy to know that ESPN on the 4th Gen Apple TV has just made it an even better experience. You can now watch four games at once! That means you can watch your school's arch rival, the arch rival of your spouse's school, your alma mater, and your husband's/wife's alma mater all at the same time. Since my wife is an ND grad and I'm a Cardinal, we can now both poke fun at each other while being in the same room (no more separate TVs), which ultimately means the buffalo wings and Guinness are in the same room too. If this is not reason enough for you to get excited, then how about the other great things that come with the autumn season: the grass is barely growing, holiday cheer is in the air, and pumpkin spice is back in your coffee mug. Either way, I hope the autumn season brings you the happiness you deserve and that your school makes it to a bowl game.
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by:Kristine Stewart
This sounds pretty cool! I'm especially excited for Disney's recent announcement that they will have a dedicated ESPN streaming service that isn't tied to a cable subscription.  I just "cut the cord" again, and live sports are really the only thing  that we miss and is frustrating to access.
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by:Justin Pierce
That's awesome about Disney! Welcome back to us cable-cutters btw. ;)
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Good morning Geeks!

If you use Hulu, you'll like this news. Hulu now has Live TV! This means for those of us that have cut the cable cord, we now have a legitimate way of watching Live TV for possibly $40. Why possibly?

As of now, the release of this app is before any official announcement of it, so you'll have to stay tuned (yeah I went there) to find out how much it will really cost.

Have a great Wednesday everyone!
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by:Justin Pierce
Hi, Brian!

I agree. I feel that if Hulu really wants to compete with the cable companies, then they'll need to lower the price to $20 -$15.

Why?

Because most of us already pay $10 to Netflix for our on demand entertainment and don't like the idea that we'lll have to pay the price of a basic cable channel package ($50-$60) to get a live TV stream.

Having the ability to watch my college football teams (when the season starts up again) will be nice though.
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by:Brian Matis
Sports is a great case for this! Watching those live can certainly matter a lot more.
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Happy Saturday!

If you still have one of those old unlimited data plans on AT&T and you happen to reach 22GB for the month, AT&T is going to throttle you like a Le Mans driver downshifts. Enjoy! ;)
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by:Brian Matis
Thanks for the head's up! Fortunately, I think I manage to stay well under that, but I'll have to be sure to keep an eye on it.
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http://machash.com/9to5mac/220237/nasty-mac-malware-bypasses-gatekeeper-undetectable-by-most-antivirus-apps/

Good morning, fellow Apple friends! I feel like I've been the bearer of bad news lately, but this one is important. To be brief, tell your family/friends who own Macs that they need to be careful when opening attachments in their email. Oh, and that they need to get a real antivirus  (I recommend Intego Internet Security X9) because the Mac only has a built-in list called "File Quarantine" that catches known malware.

After reading the article it's clear that Apple lovers are slowly, but surely being targeted. =( Despite this sobering news, if you use security awareness and an antivirus application, you can successfully fend off this kind of malware.

Take care everyone and enjoy your Friday!
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by:James Bilous
Apple seems like such a great target at this point - rather than being used by enthusiasts and early adopters Macs are quickly becoming the "status quo" due to their perception of being "cool". Lots of college students with $1200 Facebook machines these days!
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Anyone else own a macbook and having this problem?  Seems like a pretty big bug if you ask me...who the heck wants to rollback to El Capitan? SERIOUSLY?

https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29015914/Macbook-has-frequent-sleep-awake-failures-part-3-status-0x40003-Code-0x100002000014-Stackshot-reason-Watchdog.html#a42091663
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by:Brian Matis
Ugh... sounds lame... I've occasionally had wake from sleep problems, but they're pretty infrequent. And certainly no worse on my Mac than on my PC. Sorry to hear that's been plaguing you! I like Jackie Man's suggestion to reset the PRAM.
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