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maldwyn

What?
It looks like Mike Daisey attended the same school of journalism as Johann Hari :facepalm:

Sunday's This American Life podcast should make interesting listening.
 

Kid_Eternity

"You might be a lord but here comes the king."
It looks like Mike Daisey attended the same school of journalism as Johann Hari :facepalm:

Sunday's This American Life podcast should make interesting listening.
Indeed. This is really crap because it gives ammunition to those that don't want Apple scrutinized over this and damages the cause to get all companies using Foxconn etc to change...
 

elbows

WoeTimer
The release also said Cathy Lee, the interpreter, had called into doubt an account of a meeting with a man who had been badly injured while making iPads.
It said Mr Daisey had described letting the man "stroke" the tablet's screen "with his ruined hand" prompting the worker to remark: "It's a kind of magic."
But it said that when questioned, Ms Lee had said "nothing of the sort occurred".

Daisey said he stood by his work, but on his blog he added that he regretted the broadcast of a 39-minute monologue from his stage show.
"What I do is not journalism. The tools of the theatre are not the same as the tools of journalism," he wrote."
"This American Life is essentially a journalistic - not a theatrical - enterprise, and as such it operates under a different set of rules and expectations."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17405011
Oh dear. I'm a fan of activism via theatre, but unless you are sending up the swine like the Yes Men do, you need to be careful with your labels and your platform. The thing about the guy with the ruined hand touching an iPad is rather sick, but in certain contexts it would be the right sort of sick that gets people thinking about the unpalatable truths of our world. But now its a shambles that has undermined the hosts show. Im not sure it has actually harmed the wider cause though.
 

elbows

WoeTimer
I was vaguely amused when reading this article about Japans perfect fruit stores. I was struck by the fact that in some ways they mirror the sort of thing Apple did much later in retail, a retail phenomenon that has in recent years seen much gushing praise and desire to replicate the success. Looks like the retail experts could have lifted these ideas much earlier if they had known where to look, same goes for attention to the product itself.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-radio-and-tv-17352173
 

UnderAnOpenSky

baseline neural therapy
I was vaguely amused when reading this article about Japans perfect fruit stores. I was struck by the fact that in some ways they mirror the sort of thing Apple did much later in retail, a retail phenomenon that has in recent years seen much gushing praise and desire to replicate the success. Looks like the retail experts could have lifted these ideas much earlier if they had known where to look, same goes for attention to the product itself.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-radio-and-tv-17352173
That's mental!
 

Crispy

The following psytrance is baṉned: All
They have about as much cash as they do market capitalisation. They could buy back all the shares and take the company private :p
 

editor

hiraethified
Guardian readers have some suggestions:
Build a zoo for those hysterical nerds who camp outside their shops and act like they just won a gold medal when they emerge with the latest overpriced gizmo the next day.
More and stronger suicide nets at the factories.
They should give it to the rich 1% so they can trickle it down to the rest of us.
They should certainly consider increasing their advertising budget. The Gaurdian never publishes any articles about them at the drop of a hat. It's a wonder anybody knows what Apple is.
Spend more on planting advertorials masquerading as news articles in the technology sections of newspapers?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/mar/19/apple-spend-100-billion-cash-hoard
 

editor

hiraethified
Ahead of the today’s call, Apple has announced it plans to initiate a quarterly dividend of $2.65 per share sometime in the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2012, which starts July 1, 2012.

Furthermore, the company will start a $10 billion share repurchasing program, starting in Apple’s fiscal 2013, which starts on September 30, 2012.

This means Apple will spend approximately $45 billion of its cash reserves on dividends and share buyback in the first three years of these new programs.

“We have used some of our cash to make great investments in our business through increased research and development, acquisitions, new retail store openings, strategic prepayments and capital expenditures in our supply chain, and building out our infrastructure. You’ll see more of all of these in the future,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.
http://mashable.com/2012/03/19/apple-dividend/

So, zero real philanthropy from the richest tech company on the planet.
 

editor

hiraethified
They have been philanthropic, not as much as they should though.
Only in the manner of a multi-billionaire passing through a poor neighbourhood in a gold-plated Rolls Royce throwing a few pennies out of the window. It's disgusting.

 

elbows

WoeTimer
I suspect that they think their products are some great gift to the world and that is enough, and that they have no vision beyond this at all.

Its not good, it would be nice to think that they could be shamed over this but I fear they are shameless. And as I ranted in the past, I don't find generous philanthropy to be all that much better than stingy philanthropy or no philanthropy, it doesn't make up for the exploitation and the sick way that entities can accumulate this much wealth in the first place.
 

editor

hiraethified
citation needed...
It's pretty much universally accepted, no matter what wikipedia says.

Apple, the world’s richest technology company, announced its plans to spend $45 billion of its cash reserve over three years.
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/apples-cash-plans-pay-dividend-10-billion-share-buyback/71821

Apple pips Exxon as world's biggest company
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/aug/09/apple-pips-exxon-as-worlds-biggest-company

Apple Expands Lead Over Exxon as World's Richest Company

etc etc etc zzzzzzzzzz
 

sim667

Licking windows on the 303 bus.
Samsung makes arms too dont they? Or arms components.

I tried helping my freind choose a camera the other day, she swore every brand i'd suggest was somehow linked or involved in arms. She didn't end up with a camera sufficed to say.

She then started to bleat at me that apple made arms, so I googled it, and I cant see that they do.
 

sim667

Licking windows on the 303 bus.
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