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302 comments

Easy to do (3, Insightful)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373388)

Delist every high-fashion apparel producer from Google Search, that will put a big dent in it.

Re:Easy to do (1, Flamebait)

gorzek (647352) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373684)

And take off all Apple products.

Re:Easy to do (5, Funny)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373738)

I don't think the relationship between Apple and its fanboys counts as slavery, it's more like worship or Stockholm Syndrome...

Re:Easy to do (4, Informative)

Jackdaw Rookery (696327) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373848)

You're an idiot. You understand that these factories don't just make Apple products, right? They make products for lots of big players.

Copy/Paste from Wikipedia's Foxconn page:

        Acer Inc. (Taiwan)
        Amazon.com (United States)[16]
        Apple Inc. (United States)[18]
        ASRock (Taiwan)
        Barnes & Noble (United States)
        Intel (United States)
        Cisco (United States)
        Hewlett-Packard (United States)[19]
        Dell (United States)
        Nintendo (Japan)
        Nokia (Finland)[18]
        Microsoft (United States)
        MSI (Taiwan)
        Motorola (United States)
        Sony Ericsson (Japan/Sweden)[20]
        Vizio (United States)

Re:Easy to do (0)

gorzek (647352) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373924)

It's a sad world we live in when people confuse troll posts with serious ones.

Re:Easy to do (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38373954)

No, it's a sad world we live in when reality is worst than what trolls say.

Re:Easy to do (-1, Flamebait)

Jackdaw Rookery (696327) | more than 2 years ago | (#38374114)

It's a sad day when you see more trolls on /. than real posters. Someone has to call out the troll BS as it's really messing this site up.

But thanks for admitting you are a troll, you can now be ignored.

Re:Easy to do (0)

gorzek (647352) | more than 2 years ago | (#38374192)

Yes, one only ever posts troll posts or serious posts. No one ever does both.

But I sure care a lot if someone I don't know ignores me.

Carry on!

Re:Easy to do (4, Funny)

nitehawk214 (222219) | more than 2 years ago | (#38374452)

I thought the only way to win slashdot was to have a post rated "+5 Troll"?

Re:Easy to do (1)

TemporalBeing (803363) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373994)

And take off all Apple products.

Apple does quite a bit to manage their contractors and ensure good working conditions for the workers therein. I know one person who was an Apple manager and had to repeatedly visit sites to guarantee that the conditions did not degrade, etc.

Now as to how the pay works, that I can't say; but it certainly wouldn't have been slavery.

Re:Easy to do (5, Insightful)

rainmouse (1784278) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373780)

Delist every high-fashion apparel producer from Google Search, that will put a big dent in it.

I used to live in an extremely bad area in Glasgow / Scotland where drugs and prostitution were everywhere. Over the road from me was a homeless hostel and round the back of my apartment block was a methadone clinic and prostitutes stood on street corners for blocks in every direction. I've seen dealers injecting heroin into girls who looked around 12 years old before sending these kids out into the streets to pay for it while the police turned a blind eye (they had some kind of experimental tolerance policy in place between 9 pm till 3 am). Trust me, there are many worse things these children can be forced to do rather than making trainers or iPads for a living. Apparently human trafficking can be just as horrific as drug addict child prostitution and if Google pledges to charities that can actually help prevent some of this stuff then I say good for them.

Re:Easy to do (2)

Mashiki (184564) | more than 2 years ago | (#38374060)

The problem is when the government doesn't enforce the laws, or doesn't break the cycle creating a systemic problem. You can almost bet that there's a serious flaw with the crown per local policy that the law not be enforced. Personally if I lived there, I'd be up in arms over it. The fact that people aren't, is simple moral decay.

Re:Easy to do (1)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 2 years ago | (#38374078)

From your story it looks like all your place needed is a change of Constable (whatever is your local police head)

Re:Easy to do (2, Insightful)

WillAdams (45638) | more than 2 years ago | (#38374144)

That's why I prefer to live in a community where the Sheriff is a locally-elected official.

Re:Easy to do (-1, Troll)

Larryish (1215510) | more than 2 years ago | (#38374054)

The whole 11.5 million is being used to research "horny pills".

Turns out that if you want to stop people from having forced sex, the best way is by making them like it.

So.. (4, Funny)

somersault (912633) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373412)

Google are fighting to abolish marriage now? Does their evil know no bounds?

Re:So.. (3, Funny)

Xacid (560407) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373796)

No no, they're trying to prevent evil. Don't you remember their motto?

Re:So.. (1)

forkfail (228161) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373926)

Do know evil?

Re:So.. (3, Informative)

somersault (912633) | more than 2 years ago | (#38374010)

Wasn't it something like: "Do no evil, or else." ? :p

Only kidding, I pretty much love Google. If Google were a person, it would probably be Tony Stark.

Re:So.. (3, Insightful)

Atzanteol (99067) | more than 2 years ago | (#38374036)

Due to f'd up US laws Google *is* a person...

Re:So.. (4, Funny)

Genda (560240) | more than 2 years ago | (#38374194)

Yeah, he is a person. I bumped into him just the other day down on Castro st. in Mountain View. We were in a pub, drinking a pint, the door opened and suddenly there he was, so we invited him over to our table. The rainbow Google glasses were a wee bit odd, but he seemed like a genuinely pleasant fellow. Really bright, knew a lot about almost everything. We all left together, he hopped into his sports car... it was blinding! All that Chrome!

Re:So.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38374264)

"If Google were a person, it would probably be Tony Stark."

      That right there should be the official Slashdot comment of the year.

Re:So.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38373920)

Abolishing marriage? Ending the servitude of countless men to gold-digging and manipulative women doesn't sound evil to me.

Re:So.. (1)

rhyder128k (1051042) | more than 2 years ago | (#38374040)

I take it they'll be against conscription? Oh right, that mainly affects men. Just ignore me, I'm being silly.

Borgle (0)

Toe, The (545098) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373426)

Ironic that the Borgle would be fighting slavery.

We should all be free to do as we are told?

Re:Borgle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38373670)

> We should all be free to do as we are told?

That's what his lord and majesty, Stallman, says.

Re:Borgle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38373968)

Wow. It took a whole three minutes before the knee-jerk response of "Google must be evil, Google must be evil, how can I make Google look evil, how is this evil, Google must be evil, AHAAAAAAAAAA LOOOOOOOOOK I CAN MAKE IT LOOK EVIL LULZ mommy are you proud of me yet?". You guys are getting slow. Are you feeling all right? Holidays got you down?

Adsense publishers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38373470)

You mean like Adsense publishers?

So Google is serious about it. (4, Funny)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373480)

Looks like Google is really serious about emancipating people who are enslaved by facebook and twitter.

Hum. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38373504)

Maybe it's just me, but fighting slavery with 11 million is like trying to clean a mansion with a toothbrush. Sure you'll get some done, but you're clearly not serious about cleaning the whole thing.

Re:Hum. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38373666)

Sure it's nothing compared to what's needed, but if others company would follow Google's lead it wouldn't be just 11 million in the anti-slavery pot. In South-America the so called modern day slavery is so prevalent in rural areas specially in sugar cane farms and the governments of those countries are pretty much looking the other way. In Brazil it isn't rare to see politicians running private farms in which the workhorse is basically slavery powered.

I don't really understand this kind of behaviour you seem to so proudly practice. Every single time a company donates X to help cause Y some imbecile has to say "big deal, X isn't nothing compared to what Y needs". Breaking news to you, Sherlock, no single person or company will ever solve such complicated problems by themselves.

Re:Hum. (4, Insightful)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373692)

I don't think Google intends to fight it all on their own, their entire revenue stream would probably have trouble coping with that.

I think it is more a matter of 'their fair share'.

Re:Hum. (1)

Genda (560240) | more than 2 years ago | (#38374410)

The point is to show up bright and early with your toothbrush in hand, wave it high at all the neighbors and mayhaps a few of them will also arrive with whatever brushes they have. You know, start something. Begin a movement. Before long, the mansion is looking pretty spiffy.

Perhaps even Google's users will feel compelled to toss their two bits in to see what kind of difference it would make. Two bits, that's a quarter ($0.25 US), If everyone on the planet that uses Google shot in 25 cents, per day for let's say a week. Google could raise billions to stop slavery. Anything is possible, and when I say possible I don't mean like perhaps, maybe some day, but like the opportunity exists here and now for people of conscience and compassion to make a real difference in the world. All because Google decided to toss its two bits into a pot called "End Human Trafficking". Bravo, good job, keep going!

Re:Hum. (1)

Critical Facilities (850111) | more than 2 years ago | (#38374414)

"The journey of 1,000 miles begins with the first step", Lao-Tzu quote [quotationspage.com]

Chinese Political Prisoners too? (4, Insightful)

djl4570 (801529) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373520)

Will this include Chinese political prisoners who are forced to work as defacto slaves?

Re:Chinese Political Prisoners too? (4, Insightful)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373712)

Also, what about US prisoners working call centers in private prisons for being caught with weed under tighter anti-drug laws put in place by a prison shareholder?

Re:Chinese Political Prisoners too? (4, Funny)

halivar (535827) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373988)

"Hey, yeah man, like, welcome to Google Tech Support, dude. This is Bud speaking. Get it? Haha! Yeah man, but seriously, have you liked, tried turning it on and off again?"

Re:Chinese Political Prisoners too? (1)

jcombel (1557059) | more than 2 years ago | (#38374032)

chinese political prisoners are already rich chinese citizens (if they weren't rich, they'd be dead instead of in prison). tax-deduction money wouldn't effect any change here.

this is about funding organizations to assist governments in disrupting human trading.

YOUR UNINFORMED PET CAUSE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS

Re:Chinese Political Prisoners too? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38374170)

How did you know my naÃve little kitty was named 'Cause'?!

And she does have SOMETHING to do with this. If I don't slave to put food in the food dish, I get bit and scratched!
-os

Re:Chinese Political Prisoners too? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38374104)

Usually when people (or corporations) rant against "slavery", they are ranting against "white slavery" or prostitution. Like the article says; "... intervention and rescue of people being held, forced to work or provide sex against their will...". Of course these same people are in denial of the fact that many people deliberately get into "sexual slavery" (i.e. prostitution) because the money is good. Of course, there will be people coercing their employees, just like in the industrial sector.

Too bad all (or at least most) of the talk about "slavery" is only about prostitution [thestar.com] . Too bad, because a lot of large corporations like the Fox television [aljazeera.com] network use Chinese prison slaves [wikipedia.org] to make novelty products for distribution in the United States (like Homer Simpson slippers).

Not to mention that industrial slavery [thestar.com] is rampant in North America [dlc.org] . It's a crime that nobody in the Conservative movement wants to talk about.

Additional References:
The Virgin Trade [google.ca]
AND
Youtube [google.ca]

prisoners in general (1)

alienzed (732782) | more than 2 years ago | (#38374198)

As opposed to tax payers just paying the bill? Every one HAS to work to make ends meet, why should prisoners be treated any different?

So... (0, Flamebait)

koan (80826) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373526)

That means Apple will lose their factories in China eventually?

They have their work cut out... (1)

jeti (105266) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373530)

They have their work cut out against the US prison industry.

Re:They have their work cut out... (-1, Troll)

Stan92057 (737634) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373830)

Ya our poor poor criminals ill shed a tear......never. 3 square a day, free rent, health-care provided. they have it better then alot of working people.

The Irony... (-1, Flamebait)

stanlyb (1839382) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373540)

The Bigest Slaver in the world, Google, who employes a lot of young prospective developers, burn them in 5-10 years, and then throws them in the garbage, is daring to actually fight slavery! What an irony. The thief is yelling "catch the thief".

Re:The Irony... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38373650)

The Bigest Slaver in the world, Google, who employes a lot of young prospective developers, burn them in 5-10 years, and then throws them in the garbage, is daring to actually fight slavery! What an irony. The thief is yelling "catch the thief".

Yes, the situations between young prospective developers and slaves in third-world countries are COMPLETELY comparable.

Re:The Irony... (2)

PatDev (1344467) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373722)

I hope this is a joke. But being paid well to burn out on a job is not slavery. Being compelled through the threat of violence to labor against your will to no benefit of your own is slavery. And sadly, human trafficking is a real thing in the world.

This is more like an investment banker who donates some of his money to groups fighting rape. Sure, some people overly fond of hyperbole might say that he has "raped" the economy, but that doesn't make him a hypocrite because he has never committed rape, and is doing real good in the world.

I understand that what Google is trying to do here is purchase good will. But it worked - they bought mine. It's not a bad trend to start. Any corporation that decides to donate considerable sums of money to ending atrocities in the world will get my consumer loyalty.

Re:The Irony... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38373770)

You clearly don't know jack about slavery. Sure, from a big comfy suburban house or a cubicle in the US it would seem that slavery nowadays can only mean underpaying corporate jobs, working bad hours, not getting that big Christmas bonus you were waiting for, etc.

You could read a book or two once in a while pal, or even check out the news in developing countries. If what you describes were actually the summary of slavery in the world today then it would be a minor problem, tiny problem.

Way to go Google. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38373542)

You just went up a few notches in my book. :.)

how google fights slavery.. (-1, Flamebait)

stanlyb (1839382) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373582)

Anybody knows how many women developers Google has? Or i suppose they think that women are good only for one thing......

Re:how google fights slavery.. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38373836)

Of course they have tons of women...who do you think feeds that army of coders?

Great news (5, Informative)

zppln (2058178) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373586)

This is great news. The fact that slavery is still very much in effect in countries like Mauritania isn't something a lot of people are aware about. Hopefully this will raise the issue.

Re:Great news (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38373930)

Mauritania? You don't have to go to the far ends of the Earth to find slavery. Cleveland has a *huge* human trafficking problem. Yes, *that* Cleveland.

Niger (3, Insightful)

Das Auge (597142) | more than 2 years ago | (#38374356)

Right now in Niger, 8% of the population are slaves. That's 1.8 million people.

Let me reiterate, that's happening right now. Sub-Saharan Africa has the majority of the worlds slaves; and I'm not talking about indentured servants.

Look out Scientology (0)

wisnoskij (1206448) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373600)

the title says it all.

Legalize it. (5, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373608)

Make prostitution legal and well regulated. You'll decrease the demand for sex slaves. Anyone who claims to care about sex slavery and doesn't advocate the legalization of prostitution is simply not serious.

Re:Legalize it. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38373788)

You are a moron.

Re:Legalize it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38373840)

Yes, but he's right about this.

Re:Legalize it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38374182)

He's only right in the sense that he cares more about money than he does people.

Re:Legalize it. (-1, Troll)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373820)

Make prostitution legal and well regulated. You'll decrease the demand for sex slaves. Anyone who claims to care about sex slavery and doesn't advocate the legalization of prostitution is simply not serious.

In the US, there is basically zero demand for sex slaves. The sex slavery scares are all FUD. Typically, the people whoring people out are seen as heroes by the people being whored out and their families back home. The whores are safer than they would be in their home country, and earn enough money to send a decent chunk home.

The sex "slavery" comes about when a prostitute is picked up, they're "encouraged" (bribed and/or blackmailed) to roll over on their pimps and claim they were forced into it. Roll over on your pimp to avoid jail. Say you were forced into it to get state-funded housing and a social worker who will find you a job.

But a month later they're back on the street by their own choosing because the money is simply better. Prostitution is a dangerous, dirty job, and regulation and legalization would improve that (in the US at least). But it won't improve the sex slave problem because there is no sex slave problem. Even if there were a sex slave problem, making prostitution legal wouldn't inspire a slave owner to let their slaves, and their income stream, go free.

Re:Legalize it. (1)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 2 years ago | (#38374238)

If the sex trade would be more regulated, prostitutes wouldn't have to divvy up half their money to "pimps". They'd be in safer, healthier environments that take less commission.

(BTW, I hate prostitution but I don't want to legislate morality or condemn the people who choose the wrong choice here to jail for a victimless, besides themselves, crime or become and stay perpetual dregs of society with no hope for the future.)

this is not a silver bullet. amsterdam proves it (5, Insightful)

decora (1710862) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373862)

a lot of criminal gangs infiltrated the 'well regulated' prostitution industry in holland.
when an illiegal immigrant is brought to holland illegally by gangsters and forced to work in a brothel, the 'regulators' are not going to accomplish much to save her.

as we see in the US financial system, 'regulated industries' are not always well regulated. regulators are frequently corrupt and/or incompetent. and they have conflicts of interest.

Re:Legalize it. (1)

Jackdaw Rookery (696327) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373896)

You are right, it needs legalising and regulating. Nothing wrong with the concept of prostitution, it's all in the implementation.

Right now that's what's messed up. Legalise, tax it, regulate and it will be healthier, safer and better for the economy.

Re:Legalize it. (2)

ChibiOne (716763) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373938)

Make prostitution legal and well regulated. You'll decrease the demand for sex slaves. Anyone who claims to care about sex slavery and doesn't advocate the legalization of prostitution is simply not serious.

Sex slavery is a much worse problem than what is shown in Hollywood films. It's not limited to cute 20-something girls being forced to service powerful executives in posh locations. The majority of these sex slaves are children, drugged and kept prisoners in slums and secure houses. Do you want to legalize child prostitution and child porn, too?

Re:Legalize it. (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373946)

Not all human trafficking is about sexual slavery (although a lot is). In addition, in countries that are trying to combat it, like the US, there are generally provisions in the law that make it so that trafficked prostitutes can't be charged with a crime if they manage to escape and contact authorities.

Re:Legalize it. (0)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 2 years ago | (#38374094)

Your argument stems from relativization of good and evil tendency. Evil is absolute. Prostitution is evil. There are many devastating effects of prostitution on society besides exploitation of women.

Re:Legalize it. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38374400)

Prostitution is evil.

[citation needed]

There are many devastating effects of prostitution on society besides exploitation of women.

If the existence of devastating effects is sufficient to make something evil, then sugar, television, and the Internet are all evil.

Prostitution is only exploitation if people are forced or coerced (economically or not) into it. The fact that the job involves using one's vagina as opposed to one's boobs or biceps doesn't make it inherently more exploitive than working at Hooters or at the docks, respectively. Among the prostitutes I've known, most neither felt coerced into the job, nor experienced any devastating effects.

Re:Legalize it. (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#38374430)

Prostitution is evil? Even in first world countries where it has been legalized and women become prostitutes voluntarily?

Re:Legalize it. (1)

Beryllium Sphere(tm) (193358) | more than 2 years ago | (#38374184)

It might also be necessary to abolish poverty, drug addiction, and child abuse that forces kids to run away from home, in order to make sure it's actually consensual.

The problem with State Regulated Whores (1)

RobertLTux (260313) | more than 2 years ago | (#38374352)

It has been documented that The State can't run a Whorehouse properly so what makes you think that they could regulate the whole industry??

Wage Slaves! (1)

boristdog (133725) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373634)

But if we start paying them they'll just be wage slaves!

TAX BREAK (1)

Etrahkad (1399575) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373668)

It is nearing the end of the year isn't it? Crap we need to pay taxes again: well what can we spend a crap ton of money on: well there's human rights. What about the hundreds of sites that we found soliciting for slaves? That sounds like something we can sink our teeth into: Enslaving ... I mean freeing the people who are subject to these things. -- BAZINGA

Money ? (1)

BisexualPuppy (914772) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373704)

How does one fight slavery with money ? Isn't that the job of states ? Or will there be some really nice commercials telling us "slavery is bad, don't do it" ? No seriously, what will they do with $11.5M, apart from paperwork for politicians who just don't care ?

Re:Money ? (2)

PT_1 (2425848) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373832)

How does one fight slavery with money ? Isn't that the job of states ? Or will there be some really nice commercials telling us "slavery is bad, don't do it" ? No seriously, what will they do with $11.5M, apart from paperwork for politicians who just don't care ?

From the article:

"Gary A. Haugen, president of the International Justice Mission, said the coalition would focus on three initiatives: A $3.5 million intervention project to fight forced labor in India; a $4.5 million advocacy campaign in India to educate and protect the vulnerable; and a $1.8 million plan to mobilize Americans on behalf of the millions currently at risk of slavery or waiting for rescue around the world. The remaining $1.7 million will go to several smaller organizations working to combat slavery."

Modern slavery. eh? (2)

cjeze (596987) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373726)

So they want to go back to old fashioned slavery?

You can buy... (1)

Rayzed (786761) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373748)

a BUNCH of slaves for 11 Million.

Re:You can buy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38373932)

Not 27 million of them. Not unless the bulk price is $0.426 each.

a few million dollars vs empires of money (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38373794)

when NYMEX wanted to open a branch in Dubai, most of the board of directors engaged the services of dubaian prostitutes. of course it did not matter to them that dubai is one of the world headquarters of forced prostitution (people are lured with promises of waitress or clerk jobs, and then their passport is seized)

NYMEX did it, you can bet the hedge fund managers and investment bankers of the world are doing it.

and like that dude recently said on bbc. governments dont run the world. Goldman Sachs runs the world. Goldman makes huge profits from slavery (i.e. globalization) , why would they want to stop it?

Re:a few million dollars vs empires of money (1)

Millennium (2451) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373890)

NYMEX did it, you can bet the hedge fund managers and investment bankers of the world are doing it.

That's a very serious accusation you're making. Care to back it up?

and like that dude recently said on bbc. governments dont run the world. Goldman Sachs runs the world. Goldman makes huge profits from slavery (i.e. globalization) , why would they want to stop it?

Ah, so here we get to the gist of things: you aren't a fan of competing in the job market, so you call it slavery in an attempt to whip up other people's pathos. You also throw in a conspiracy theory for good measure.

No more mandatory unpaid overtime? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38373808)

I hope this means their practice of expecting 60+ hour work weeks without paying for it will end. Or maybe they are ending age-discrimination?

I often envy the professions where overtime is always paid (at time and a half even), and employees are free to work on side projects without fear of "all your code and inventions belong to us".

Making six figures as a beat cop in a major city, with a fat pension, might have been a better choice. Or a plumber. Plumbing is good. HVAC contractors make big bucks. All without the ageism.

Re:No more mandatory unpaid overtime? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38373858)

Hey, at least you get job security. IT slaves are never fired, they're sold.

those cops have a union (1)

decora (1710862) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373886)

are you willing to do what is necessary to form a union?

no, i didnt think so.

Can I Have Some Money, Google? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38373828)

It is not my intent to diminish the plight of those who are being forced to work against their will and who are getting unwanted sex, but I can't help notice that I am being forced to work against my will every day and I'm not getting any sex. I would appreciate it if Google would throw some of its enormous wealth toward this issue. Many of us have been stuck in this situation for decades, with no hope in sight.

Anyone know where the UPC code on a slave is? (2)

kawabago (551139) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373850)

Mine has stopped working and I need to return it.

Re:Anyone know where the UPC code on a slave is? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38374382)

Back of the neck. For example, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Neck_barcode_tattoo.jpg

The interesting part to me is the value: 550-720-219, see: https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=550-720-219

Eliminate welfare? (2)

Bardwick (696376) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373918)

You get food, shelter, clothing, heating/cooling, an Xbox, a car and a little discretion cash.. In return, you are required to vote for your slave owner...

We like slavery, we just don't like to admit it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38373940)

I don't know if I'm glad or sad with such effort. After all, if it weren't for slavery out there in the world I probably wouldn't be able to buy cheap things and lead the life I lead. Sure it's a bad thing, but what are we citizens doing against such atrocities? The snickers I'm wearing now was probably sewed by a 9 year old boy making 4 cents a day, this very keyboard where I'm typing this post was made in a industry which have 16 hours shifts, no health insurance and function under no working laws whatsoever. How much of our current quality of life would be diminished if slavery were to be completely erased from the world? Quite a lot, I'd guess.

It's about time! (1)

BilldaCat (19181) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373956)

I was feeling really bad for all those people stuck using 14.4k still. Glad Google is doing something about it.

This begs a few questions. (1)

sgt scrub (869860) | more than 2 years ago | (#38373986)

1) Do i have to give up my "wifes"?
2) Do robots count?

Google is the new Microsoft (1)

bigsexyjoe (581721) | more than 2 years ago | (#38374082)

Google gives money to fight slavery. And everyone is like "Google is teh Slaver!11" They compare Google making it's engineers work a lot to slavery. They criticize everything Google has ever done, etc. It looks like Google is the new Microsoft; they are always in wrong in Slashdot group-think, even when they donate money to the anti-slavery cause.

Don't get me wrong. I agree that Google does plenty of bad things and they scare me. I think they are a greedy corporation and they don't take the "Don't be evil" thing seriously. I think they are just doing this for good press. But really, is it so important to criticize everything they do, even when they legitimately do something good?

corporate slavery? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38374168)

Does that include corporate slavery? Victims like me can only hope...

whoa (0)

superwiz (655733) | more than 2 years ago | (#38374178)

So Google is against H1 visas now? Oh, wait, indentured servitude is not actual slavery. Of course, they don't have to take the job in the first place. Just like all the immigrants who were enticed to come to the country at the end of 19th century and become indentured servants weren't slaves. They had to SIGN UP. So they "had a choice."

that won't be nearly enough (1)

ronpaulisanidiot (2529418) | more than 2 years ago | (#38374180)

if ron paul becomes president and eliminates minimum wage, slavery will run rampant in the us. thankfully, that isn't very likely.

Re:that won't be nearly enough (1)

trout007 (975317) | more than 2 years ago | (#38374274)

As opposed to having a minimum wage and 20% unemployment?

in technical terms? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38374224)

11 million to change the jumper from slave to master? Wouldn't it be cheaper to just use cable select?

Do they really think.... (1, Funny)

retrorogue (1024713) | more than 2 years ago | (#38374312)

$15 million is enough to combat EA and Zynga?

I'll join, I'll use cable select (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38374322)

jumper, instead master/slave for my IDE devices...

Better Way To Fight Slavery (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38374338)

A better way to fight slavery would be to stop doing business with Muslims countries that either have slaves or due to laws/diplomatic regulations, indentured servants. The darlings of the West, UAE would top this list. It's sick how Westerners think it's some kind of Arab Utopia and how much money gets poured in when it is openly racist against several countries and people (most non-Muslims, especially Jews, Israelis). Let's not even get started on Saudi Arabia and some of the African countries. Stop buying diamonds from places which may in fact be selling you blood diamonds even if they claim otherwise. Stop turning a blind eye.

So instead of giving money that may just go into a black hole, take action as large corporations and encourage your partners, suppliers, etc. to not do business with these people, at least until they end open slavery. The black market sex trade is a little harder to deal with, but we can at least fight obvious outright slavery.

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