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Comment: Re:Pegatron vs Foxconn (Score 1) 137

by ShanghaiBill (#48632317) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

You'll be shot if you do

Nobody in modern China has ever been shot for refusing to work in a foreign owned factory.

starving to death after walking out of these factories would.

You apparently know absolutely nothing about the labor market in Shenzhen. There are rows upon rows of factories, and ALL of them are hiring. Available workers are scarce, and wages are rising quickly. A worker can quit and find a new job as quickly as they can ride their bicycle to the next factory (about five minutes).

Comment: Re: 12 hour factory shifts? (Score 1) 137

by ShanghaiBill (#48631259) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

There are plenty of sourcesw around which talk about productivity when compared against work day length and even break/work intervals within the day if you do a quick Google search.

Not a SINGLE ONE of this sources says that more work is accomplished in an eight hour work day, than in a twelve hour work day. Of course shorter hours are more productive per hour, which is all these studies show. That is not the same as showing there is no incremental gain.

Comment: Re:Pegatron vs Foxconn (Score 1) 137

by ShanghaiBill (#48631179) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

I'm not saying you're lying ...

I think it is safe to say he is lying. He is posting as an AC, and accusing Pegatron of blatantly committing felonies, in front of foreign witnesses, based on no evidence whatsoever. I don't think so. They may be evil, but they aren't stupid.

Comment: Re:Pegatron vs Foxconn (Score 4, Informative) 137

by ShanghaiBill (#48631073) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

If I understand the situation correctly, workers from other provinces require a permit to live in a different part of China.

No, this is wrong. No permit is required. If you move to a different province, you cannot use social services, such as hospitals, subsidized housing, and public schools, but you can live and work there. Use of the social services is NOT tied to employment. Instead rural workers just get screwed and there is nothing they, or their employer, can do about it. They pay taxes to support services they cannot use. Furthermore, this status is hereditary, so even if someone is born in the city, they still are considered "rural" if their grandparents lived in the countryside in 1949.

Comment: Re: 12 hour factory shifts? (Score 1) 137

by ShanghaiBill (#48630989) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

Actually, worker studies in the US showed 12 hour days were more inefficient than 8 hour days.

Can you provide a citation? I certainly believe that an 8 hour shift is more productive per hour, but I have a very hard time believing that overall, more work is accomplished by working 8 hours than by working 12 hours.

Comment: Re:Myth Confirmed... (Score 3, Insightful) 81

by ShanghaiBill (#48627239) Attached to: Did Alcatraz Escapees Survive? Computer Program Says They Might Have

Not really, just keep a low profile long enough to make it to Mexico.u.

It is unlikely they would have done that. All three of these guys were troublemakers. They had been in and out of jails, and were in Alcatraz because they were disruptive in other prisons. They were not the type to just disappear and live a quiet life in some tropical backwater.

Comment: Re:This is not the problem (Score 1) 640

by ShanghaiBill (#48619087) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

A high altitude nuclear detonation can wipe out all electronics within a fairly large area.

That is somewhat of a myth. An EMP can damage electronics attached to antennas or long power lines that can act as antennas. But an EMP will do little or no damage to isolated electronics, or to electronic devices that include countermeasures, such as shielding and isolation circuits.

Comment: Re:As with all space missions: (Score 1) 195

by ShanghaiBill (#48618631) Attached to: NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

If it's floating above the clouds, it would be the ideal solar observation post. Gravity almost like earth, temperature tolerable.

Other than costing 10 million times as much, how would that differ from putting a telescope on a high altitude balloon in the earth's stratosphere?

Comment: Re:As with all space missions: (Score 1) 195

by ShanghaiBill (#48618531) Attached to: NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

Everything I was taught about Christopher Columbus was wrong! Damn public school education!!

I attended public school, and remember learning in 5th grade that Eratosthenes of Alexandria accurately calculated the radius of the earth around 200 BC. In addition to changing shadow heights as you move from south to north, the curve of the earth is visible against the moon during a lunar eclipse. Both the Ancient Greeks and the Romans were well aware that the earth was a spheroid, and knew the approximate radius.

Either the school you attended was exceptionally bad, or you spent a lot of time not paying attention.

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