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Comment Re:Sweatshop? Only by your standard (Score 2, Informative) 481

And the money probably stays within their economy. There is a similar situation in Alaska. The seafood industry hires workers for minimum wage. Those employees work 16 hours a day, 7 days a week for four months straight. The majority of these employees are from the Philippines, Ethiopia, Somalia, and the Ukraine. They are charged for room and board and airfare. The majority of the money they make goes back with them. They work through the most brutal aches and pains while ankle deep in fish guts with no heat because the money is worth it to them. They all go home for a month, most blow all their money and come back broke - year after year. In another light, a deck hand on a fishing vessel averages 0.018 cents a pound for salmon (due to different types of salmon and assuming a standard 10% share of the catch). The cannery sells it for around $3.85 a pound and they process 10,000 pounds or greater per hour. Now, how that turns into around $12.00 a pound at the grocery store is insane since transportation and frozen storage only count for a fraction of that price. It's like a big slap in the face - especially to the deck hand who takes the greatest risks and works for 18 hours a day. Anyway, that's the closest thing to a sweat shop I've seen in the U.S.. I'm interested to know more about the worst working conditions that you've seen in China - things like that don't seem to make it into the news. As for the main article, it seems like the author tried to jab China and Microsoft in a single blow. I am no fan of Microsoft either, but I am grateful for your contribution of clarity.

Comment Re:Interesting, but... (Score 5, Insightful) 432

What is not speculation is the debate over whether or not the A4 is an ARM core: it *is* an ARM core. Just disassembling the output shows it at once. It also takes an idiot to believe Apple would spend even more time writing an ARM emulator core for PowerPC just to make sure their iPad runs software compiled with the iPhone SDK. This isn't another case of PowerPC->Intel switch. Geez.

Comment Re:What is the atmosphere inside China? (Score 1) 249

Well, the BBC has been looking at Chinese reactions, and their opinion is that the Chinese people are very angry. There have been calls for a boycott against Google. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/8584985.stm

Comments left on Chinese website sina.com.cn include "Google, out of China" and "Go away, we have Baidu".

Internet and mobile company TOM Online, which is run by Hong Kong's wealthiest man Li Ka-shing, said that it would stop using Google.

The companies have an agreement which will not be renewed, claimed TOM.

A Google spokesperson insisted that the firm would fulfil existing contractual obligations.

"I think Chinese people are offended by Google's action," said BBC journalist Jasmin Gu, who is based in China. "It has aroused nationalistic fervour. Many people choose to stop using Google and support Chinese search engine Baidu."

Also, this article was interesting http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/8582556.stm: "There is sharp division between the reactions from Chinese internet users on websites that lie inside and outside Chinese government censorship. The vast majority of the comments and blogs on Chinese mainland websites appear to express hate and anger towards Google. But tweets and comments that appear to come from users in mainland China on websites based outside the country express sympathy and support towards Google, and anger towards the Chinese government."

Comment Re:Otzi? there is no absolute knowledge! (Score 1) 1747

science had to take the approach of Sir Charles Popper who pushed the philosophy of science to its nowadays mostly accepeted status: knwoledge hast to accepted as valid until someone falsifies it!

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there is no absolute certainity in Knowledge! As Newtons ironclad laws of motions where shattered into fragments by the theory of relativity, so any other knowledge can only be trusted if we test it over and over.

We can only say: this seems to be true because no one could show a case where it was wrong.

Netwons physic was not falsified by Einstein, but left in a frame of validity of v much less than c.

The scientific principle say: any hypothesis must take into account know facts and predict the outcome/results, best of a future observable event, by experiment or natural incident.

it must be open published, and everybody ( capable to understand it ) should be able to repeat the experiment/observation.

Therefore religion is not within the scientific realm.

And climate change has one scientific problem: any human experimenter nowadays can not repeat any experiment done with our earth as a failure will forbid future experiments caused by lack of scientists to do them!

Comment Re:oh fuck off. (Score 1) 406

the studio that produces a movie ALREADY makes profit most of the time in just the first day of screening of the movie. in a week, they go over 25% or 50% of their costs or more depending on the movie.

why the FUCK they should be able to continually make more money on the SAME product, despite they made a product and sold it for up to 50% profits in the first week of its operation already ? why the fuck should i continue to pay to see the same movie, if its to be on dvd, online or whatever ?

So if I spend a year to produce a product and then make a monetary profit in the first week it goes on sale then my product should immediately become free and I shouldn't receive any more money for it? Who decides how much profit I should make before my product becomes free, the state? It was my understanding that in a capitalist economy that I make a product, and sell it at whatever price I think will make me the most money based upon demand.

are car factories allowed to keep charging you on the car you buy ? every time ? without rendering you a new service/addition with it, or without giving you a new car ?

Yes. I don't know where the hell your from, but here EVERY time I go down to the Nissan dealer and try to get another copy of an XTerra they charge me for it. Even if I just want a backup copy.

I'm not really sure what the analogy is you're trying to make here. You pay once for a song and then you can listen to it as much as you please. If you're buying the same exact song more then once then your doing it wrong.

explain me, why the FUCK should content industries should be slighted favorably in that regard. and why the fuck should production industries, who produce and sell products ONE TIME to a customer, should have to keep producing a product every time they need to make a sale ?

Because a digital picture of a car is not a car. A digital recording of a song IS a song. What is your suggestion, that a band play one concert, an artist paint one painting, a movie have one showing, and charge enough for it to make up for the production costs and then let digital replicas be free thereafter?

Or does it make just a wee bit more sense that if you want their digital product that you pay for that file with the agreement you won't share it with other people, and if the price is more then you wish to pay, then you simply don't buy it until price is lowered to a value YOU deem acceptable? In your case apparently, you should wait until they offer it for free.

Comment Re:hospital model... (Score 1) 735

This doesn't sound right.

Let me preface by saying: I'm probably wrong about this, but less wrong than you are.

I have a friend who works as an auto-transfusionist at the UCSF hosptial. If I remember correctly, he explained that he gets paid something between half and his full salary rate for being on call. When he actually gets called in during his on-call hours, he gets billed time and a half.

The $1-$2/hr figure seems to be astronomically low. Again, my memory isn't perfect, but I do seem to remember when this same friend was telling me about his pay scheme, he mentioned that should a couple of on-call days go by without getting called in, he'd still end up making over a grand.

Comment Re:I'd support that... (Score 1) 601

Good correction, but you haven't responded to my point about influence. In my experience (which amounts to little more than hearing stories from a friend and watching Oz), the character of the people that a jailbird will contact on his own does not differ significantly from the character of his fellow inmates.

Then again, taking into account the huge number of nonviolent offenders tossed in the brink for violating stupid laws, my estimate of such a program's overall effects could be way off. I still think that a better solution is to get more community-minded people to go into prisons and provide influence that way, but I also recognize that such an effort would require volunteers, who are in short supply nowadays.

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