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Comment: You are overwhelmingly wrong. (Score 1) 190

by Brannon (#48633505) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

Competition benefits the consumer directly. Free-market capitalism is not equivalent to unconstrained (i.e. stupid) libertarianism--it only works properly with laws/regulations setting boundaries. Laws need to: (a) prevent the abuse of monopolies, (b) protect workers, (c) prevent collusion, and (d) ensure some limited monopoly on new technology to create an incentive for R&D.

There are some industries where the laws aren't working properly or the nature of the industry prevents competition (like cable tv providers)--the competition in electronics works perfectly--what is failing in the electronics industry is the 'laws protecting workers' part.

Comment: If the manufacturer added more value... (Score 1) 190

by Brannon (#48631029) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

then they could charge more for their services. If the company that designs and retails the product is getting overpaid for their value, then a competitor will undercut them and they'll lose in the market.

That's how the free market works--no other economic system has ever come anywhere close to mimicking the efficiency of free-market capitalism (when there is actually competition as there obviously is in the electronics industry)--but hey, yeah, maybe you'll invent a new economic system within a Slashdot comment that'll change the world.

The real problem here is that there are no laws preventing the exploitation of Chinese workers, or those laws are insufficiently enforced.

Comment: Does Samsung or Google have any influence? (Score 5, Insightful) 190

by Brannon (#48630959) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

Most phones that are manufactured in these places are Android phones--yet we only here about Apple failing to protect workers. Cisco, Nintendo, Sony, Amazon, etc. all use these companies (Pegatron, Foxconn, etc.).

But it's okay because those companies never pretended to try to enforce higher standards--that's what you're saying, right? with a straight face and everything.

Comment: You still aren't getting it. (Score 1) 189

by Brannon (#48482753) Attached to: Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

It's not that "at least the original iPhone had the Gorilla Glass"--it's that "Gorilla Glass exists *because of* the original iPhone". Other phones have Gorilla Glass because they copied the iPhone. Every single iPhone version has had the latest and greatest version of Gorilla Glass (of which there have been several iterations). This is all pretty common knowledge.

I have no idea why your personal experience is different. Possibly it's because in your area there are a lot more iPhone users than Samsung Galaxy users (e.g., in the US there are 1.5x as many iPhone users as Samsung Galaxy users).

I've carried an iPhone for 7 years and have never scratched the screen--by your scientific method I guess that proves that iPhones are unscratchable.

Comment: iPhones do use Gorilla glass (Score 3, Informative) 189

by Brannon (#48477407) Attached to: Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

They always have. The original iPhone was the first smartphone to use Gorilla glass, created by Corning at Apple's prompting. iPhones have continued to use the best available Gorilla glass continually on every single iPhone since. The screen on a Samsung is no more scratch resistant than the iPhone--your anecdotes are either coincidence or just you making shit up. Guess where my money is.

Comment: 99.8% of all mobile malware is on platforms (Score 1) 178

by Brannon (#48392219) Attached to: Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

which have a "well buried switch"--basically 0% of all malware is on iOS. It looks like the iOS strategy works pretty well and it looks like, thus far, you have been proven to be completely wrong that "one platform can provide both".

It's almost as if the company that's worth $600B understands what their customers want better than you do. Weird.

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