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Some Critics Suggest Apple Boycott Over Chinese Working Conditions

Azuaron Let's be clear about this (744 comments)

The Chinese sweatshop Apple employs for the iEverythings is Foxconn. Other stuff Foxconn works on/componies Foxconn works for:

  • Playstation 3
  • XBox 360
  • Wii
  • Kindle
  • Nook
  • Acer
  • Asus
  • Dell
  • HP
  • Intel
  • IBM
  • Motorola
  • Netgear
  • Every other technology company ever.

If you're not buying from a company that uses Foxconn, you're not buying tech.

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Judge Denies Dismissal of No-Poach Conspiracy Case

Azuaron Re:Unions (224 comments)

Unions can force all new hires to become union members

No, they can't.

You're wrong, and I've already given examples throughout this thread. Find them.

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Man Who Downloaded Bomb Recipes Jailed For 2 Years

Azuaron Re:I watched Brainiac on Bravo (741 comments)

Haha, the Mythbusters mostly told me how to make thermite. And then I looked up the "secret ingredient" they wouldn't reveal. So I now I completely know how to make thermite. Not as hard as I was expecting.

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Man Who Downloaded Bomb Recipes Jailed For 2 Years

Azuaron Re:Why does anyone need to know how to build a bom (741 comments)

Well, as a novelist, knowing how to make bombs could be very important for a book. Or maybe you're just curious. Or maybe you're wondering how bombs work. Or you could have a school report. Or maybe you're interested in fireworks and rocket ships (which are, essentially, bombs) or controlled demolition. Maybe you think the apocalypse is coming and you want to be prepared to fight the zombies with bombs made out of stuff you found in the ransacked supermarket.

Does it matter? I know how to make bombs (go high school physics!) but it's not like I'm going to bomb city hall. I know how to snort coke (and so do you! Everyone knows how to snort coke) should I be arrested for future snorting of coke just because I know how?

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Judge Denies Dismissal of No-Poach Conspiracy Case

Azuaron Re:Unions (224 comments)

Measuring performance is pretty much the job of managers (principals, in this case), and is difficult in every industry. That being said, some teachers are really, really obviously bad teachers that need to be fired (screaming at the class, throwing chairs at students, and teaching incorrect "facts" [like Mars being the smallest planet in the solar system]), but can't be fired because of union regulations.

"Importance of subject matter" isn't 100% opinion based (can't do most subjects without a good math, English, and science foundations), but this can also be rarity of teachers teaching a certain position. If there's a billion people teaching English, lower pay, if there's four people teaching music, higher pay.

That's actually not true. Unions in other industries inspire fierce, fierce loyalty. You ever talk to a longshoreman? Or a miner? They love the union. Pretty much any manufacturing union as well, or any job with low pay and high danger, specifically because they know that, without the union, they'd be dead or maimed inside a week. If Foxconn employers unionized (if, you know, they wouldn't get thrown in jail for 5 years for doing so), they'd love the union, too.

Teachers, even when the unions are negotiating a better contract for them, pretty much always hate the union. They might actually be unique in this; I have not heard of any unions more hated by their own members than the teachers' unions.

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Judge Denies Dismissal of No-Poach Conspiracy Case

Azuaron Re:Unions (224 comments)

That's a good point. I've been sucked into the "corporations are single entities" rhetoric a bit too much, I think.

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Judge Denies Dismissal of No-Poach Conspiracy Case

Azuaron Re:Unions (224 comments)

That's typically not the complaint against teachers' unions (teachers should definitely be getting paid more). But that's independent from whether the teachers' unions are good or bad for teachers.

The complaint against teachers' unions is that they make it impossible to fire bad teachers. Pay and raises are based on the unions' bargained amount and not on a teacher's performance or importance of subject matter. And they actively lobby to increase the amount of standardized testing, which is useless. Further, most teachers hate the union, so you have a union composed of members that hate the union. How does that even make sense?

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America's Future Is In Software, Not Hardware

Azuaron Re:Oh yes, software (630 comments)

Or if you find a way to harvest energy more efficiently, i.e. nuclear power powering my matter compiler.

more than 2 years ago
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America's Future Is In Software, Not Hardware

Azuaron Re:Oh yes, software (630 comments)

Alright, have your ribosomes pump me out a sammich!

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Judge Denies Dismissal of No-Poach Conspiracy Case

Azuaron Re:Unions (224 comments)

Practically, that's not a big difference, especially if the union is forced to accept all members anyway. At the end of the day, if you want to work, you have to be a union member.

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America's Future Is In Software, Not Hardware

Azuaron Re:Oh yes, software (630 comments)

A matter compiler isn't about converting energy into matter (or vice-versa), but of rearranging already present matter into an appropriate configuration, which, while energy consumptive, is much more doable (and already being done by microbiology researchers on a small scale).

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America's Future Is In Software, Not Hardware

Azuaron Re:Oh yes, software (630 comments)

Just wait until we have matter compilers. Then the software will pump out stuff we can eat, wear, and breathe.

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Judge Denies Dismissal of No-Poach Conspiracy Case

Azuaron Re:Unions (224 comments)

Legal definitions for injury aren't based off the relative strengths of the perpetrators, but on the injury caused. Also, when is it "okay" for a three year old to hit and kick an adult man as hard as possible?

That in mind, a three year old kicking an adult man as hard as possible typically does not result in an injury greater than a bruise, and it would probably be possible for the victim to sue the child's parent in small claims court if an actual injured was incurred. Similarly, if an adult man, say, slapped a three year old (comparatively similar non-injury), the child's parents could probably sue the adult man in small claims court.

So, yes, they are the same.

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Judge Denies Dismissal of No-Poach Conspiracy Case

Azuaron Re:Unions (224 comments)

I didn't say we should allow it. I just think it's an interesting, if necessary, hypocrisy.

more than 2 years ago
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Judge Denies Dismissal of No-Poach Conspiracy Case

Azuaron Re:Unions (224 comments)

I can only speak on my experience with teachers' unions in Washington state, but yes they can. A teacher in WA automatically becomes an "agency fee" member of the teachers' union, must pay dues to the union, must accept the union's collectively bargained salary and benefits packages, and must go on strike when the union says to go on strike. If they become a full member (for a higher due) they get some additional benefits (liability insurance, representation, voting in the union, etc.). But as far as salary and basic benefits bargaining, they get what the union gets. So even if you're "not a part of the union," you're a part of the union.

Aside: teachers' strikes are... weird. Because of how their pay is setup, they keep getting paid and, often, will end up working the same number of days just pushed into summer. Since the public schools aren't making something to sell, they don't have much of an incentive to get the teachers back to work (no lost profits). And the youth crime rate spikes because all the hooligans don't have school and get bored.

(Apparently I'm not the only one who hates teachers' unions.)

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Judge Denies Dismissal of No-Poach Conspiracy Case

Azuaron Re:Unions (224 comments)

I've been reading more into this case, and it looks like there wasn't any actual salary fixing or hiring bans. Essentially, the companies agreed to not "cold call" each others' employees with job offers, and this may have affected the salaries of some number of employees who would have been able to negotiate better salaries. But, let's be honest now, cold calling another company's employees is kind of a dick move.

So, essentially, they're being hit with an antitrust case for agreeing to not be dicks to each other.

And we wonder why capitalism results in the biggest dicks coming out on top...

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Judge Denies Dismissal of No-Poach Conspiracy Case

Azuaron Re:Unions (224 comments)

This isn't necessarily true. Some professions (teachers, for instance) have ONE union for a district, and you MUST be a member of that union to work in that district.

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Judge Denies Dismissal of No-Poach Conspiracy Case

Azuaron Re:Unions (224 comments)

Edit: I have a confusing sentence in there. When I say, "Unions can force all new hires to become union members (which amounts to the same thing)," I mean it amounts to the same thing Trepidity was saying (closed shop), not the same as what the companies are doing right now.

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Judge Denies Dismissal of No-Poach Conspiracy Case

Azuaron Re:Unions (224 comments)

That's not what these companies are doing (in fact, they're essentially doing the opposite of that). I meant that unions allow workers to "collectively bargain" with companies, and this is pretty much companies "collectively bargaining". Unions can force all new hires to become union members (which amounts to the same thing). Why people seem to be upset with the companies, however, is that they essentially agreed on certain salary rates, which is pretty much the primary function of most unions.

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Judge Denies Dismissal of No-Poach Conspiracy Case

Azuaron Unions (224 comments)

How is this any different from a union? And if it's okay for unions to do it, why isn't it okay for companies?

more than 2 years ago

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Authors: I'm making you a writing program.

Azuaron Azuaron writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Azuaron (1480137) writes "I'm making a web-based word processor program for authors (primarily fiction, both short story and novel length). I'm going to make chapter planning, story boarding, and character tracking easy, in addition to the standard word processing functions necessary for story writing. Slashdot authors: what would make your life easier while writing stories?"

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