If pricing is random, as many transactions will round up as round down, meaning the net result is no change. If merchants are careful with their pricing, they might be able to get more transactions to round up, or they can just increase all their prices by $0.025.
What human workers at Foxconn are doing is final assembly work, such as putting the device together, and maybe packaging it. Robots to do that would be more complicated because a lot of dexterity may be required, and programming them for new products may be difficult because of the wide range of possible movements. For a SMT pick-and-place machine, programming is as easy as giving the machine some design files that tells it where to put the parts, and the basic movements are the same every time. To make a robot that places an assembled board into an enclosure, for example, is more difficult because the enclosure could have any number of shapes.
Here's an example of a modern pick-and-place machine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nah4BQ9y8IY Even with a virtually unlimited number of workers, there's no way you could match the output of even one of those machines. Humans make mistakes, so the yield would never be good, and it is extremely difficult for humans to place parts with the fine precision required for ICs with a high pin density.
I can't imagine that getting a crew out there every few months is cheaper than digging down an extra layer and putting down a solid base. They already do 3/4 of the work by tearing up the road and re-paving it, so why not do it right for once?
Their delivery is remarkably fast. One time I placed an order, I don't know what time, but they showed up at my house with it at 8pm the same day in an unmarked van. It was an oversize box, so it was cheaper for them to drive it to me than use UPS.
Georgia has the Hope Scholarship funded by the state lottery. Students who make a 3.0 GPA in high school and maintain that in college will get 90%of tuition per semester paid for, and if they make at least a 3.3 they pay no tuition. Of course, that's not including the $544 and rising "USG Institutional Fee" and various other fees.
The most amazing view of the night sky I've seen was at Kitt Peak. It really does look a lot like this video, but not as bright and without all the color. To be able to see the sky like this requires an absolutely dark location, and you will be seeing at the lower limit of your vision. The rods in your eyes are more sensitive than cones, but they cannot see color well or at all.
The times in the video when it looks like the sun came up are actually the moon. With a camera, it doesn't take HDR to be able to see stars at the same time as the moon- just set it so the moon is overexposed and the stars are correctly exposed. With your eyes, though, you won't be able to see that many stars once the moon is out because it will temporarily ruin your sensitive night vision. When the sun actually comes up in the video, everything goes white since it looks like they are using a fixed exposure setting.
Last time I tried night sky photography with a camera, I couldn't use long exposures because even in the relatively short exposure time the stars would move enough to leave short trails. They might have done this video by registering several shots from a short time frame on top of each other. Or they might have a better camera than I do. It would take a fast lens and a sensor with low noise at high ISO settings.
In short, it would be worth a trip to camp there, or somewhere similar. You won't see a bright, colorful sky, but you will probably see at least as many stars as there are in this video. Seeing the milky way at night never ceases to amaze me, and it is sad how little of the night sky we can see in most places because of light pollution.