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Ninth Suicide At iPhone Factory 539

Posted by Soulskill
from the need-a-union-app dept.
shar303 writes "A ninth employee has jumped to his death at Taiwanese iPhone and iPad manufacturer Foxconn, China's state media reports. The 21-year-old worker was the eighth fatality this year. This raises questions as to whether the shiny finish of the latest gadgets available from mega corporations are tarnished by such information, and whether the mistreatment of workers deserves to be highlighted when considering such firms."
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Ninth Suicide At iPhone Factory

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  • by elrous0 (869638) * on Friday May 21, 2010 @04:45PM (#32298616)

    Turns out there is an extremely high suicide rate amongst engineers who lost their iPhone prototypes.

    One was in such despair that he shot himself 25 times, with several different caliber weapons.

  • by WrongSizeGlass (838941) on Friday May 21, 2010 @04:53PM (#32298778)

    One was in such despair that he shot himself 25 times, with several different caliber weapons.

    You have to respect that employee's dedication and work ethic to be able to accomplish that. Hell, I'm such a wuss I'd probably have stopped shooting myself after the first bullet.

  • Re:Apple. (Score:5, Funny)

    by Idbar (1034346) on Friday May 21, 2010 @04:56PM (#32298838)
    So... is that where all the magic comes from?
  • by wsanders (114993) on Friday May 21, 2010 @05:05PM (#32298976) Homepage

    Da, I cannot believe no one is getting joke you make! We solve problem in Soviet Russia by having one story factories.

            -Joseph Stalin

  • Re:Apple. (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 21, 2010 @05:07PM (#32298996)

    Why the heck don't we just make more stuff in the US.

    Yes, sign me up to pay 10,000 dollars for my xbox and 15,000 for my ipad! Oh wait, nevermind I like cheap stuff. Now I am off to wal-mart! AMERICA F YEAH!

  • Re:Apple. (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 21, 2010 @05:09PM (#32299038)
    Oh jeez, Canada? That's even worse. Those poor Canucks spend their days working in -40 CELSIUS, that's like I dunno -9000 Fahrenheit, for like 12 hours a day. Oh and their days are really dark since they are so far north. Their factories are just really big igloos and most Canadians have to forage for their own food. For instance, I had to go club a few seals the other day just to feed my family, and then PETA threw blood all over my igloo. Don't get me started on the epic trek it is just to GET to work, most men my age have to wear their fathers pajamas and make it to work through blizzard or polar bear.
  • Re:Apple. (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 21, 2010 @05:32PM (#32299354)

    Don't you mean "iBlood"?

  • by Bobfrankly1 (1043848) on Friday May 21, 2010 @05:39PM (#32299442)

    Debt-related suicide in Taiwan has been going up for some time and it's likely to just become worse.

    Just to clarify, are you talking about debt in terms of owed money, or are you talking about the debt owed to the common good for bringing more apple products into the world?

  • Re:Apple. (Score:4, Funny)

    by Red Flayer (890720) on Friday May 21, 2010 @05:55PM (#32299666) Journal

    Blood will have gone into my next phone. I will purchase it humbly.

    Bully for you. I, on the other hand, will purchase my next phone hungrily

    |SPARKLE| |SPARKLE|*

    * Vampires sparkle now, right? Or do they still brood palely in the corner while the Cocteau Twins' tender but dark lyrics float over the crowd? I can't keep my pop culture undead types straight anymore, what with all these kids and their newfangled** ways of representing the dark lords of the night.

    **newFANGled... get it? Hah! Don't forget to tip your waitress, I'll be here all week, try the type-O negative!***

    ***Get it? I substituted a blood type for "fish". Because this post is about vampires. And there just aren't enough re-hashed vampire jokes on the internets, probably because they all suck***

    ****Not a joke about sucking blood. Stale vampire jokes really do suck. The freshness of our internet LOLs is at literally at stake***** here!

    ****OK, I'm done now. I'm not going to explain that one, though it crushes my heart to leave it a mystery.

  • by pipingguy (566974) on Friday May 21, 2010 @10:42PM (#32302054) Homepage

    Are you a programmer and willing to shoot only an appendage?

    C
    You shoot yourself in the foot.

    C++
    You accidentally create a dozen clones of yourself and shoot them all in the foot. Providing emergency medical assistance is impossible since you can't tell which are bitwise copies and which are just pointing at others and saying, "That's me, over there."

    JAVA
    After importing java.awt.right.foot.* and java.awt.gun.right.hand.*, and writing the classes and methods of those classes needed, you've forgotten what the hell you're doing.

    Ruby
    Your foot is ready to be shot in roughly five minutes, but you just can't find anywhere to shoot it.

    PHP
    You shoot yourself in the foot with a gun made with pieces from 300 other guns.

    ASP.NET
    Find a gun, it falls apart. Put it back together, it falls apart again. You try using the .GUN Framework, it falls apart. You stab yourself in the foot instead.

    SQL
    SELECT @ammo:=bullet FROM gun WHERE trigger = 'PULLED';
    INSERT INTO leg (foot) VALUES (@ammo);

    Perl
    You shoot yourself in the foot, but nobody can understand how you did it. Six months later, neither can you.

    Javascript
    You've perfected a robust, rich user experience for shooting yourself in the foot. You then find that bullets are disabled on your gun.

    CSS
    You shoot your right foot with one hand, then switch hands to shoot your left foot but you realize that the gun has turned into a banana.

    FORTRAN
    You shoot yourself in each toe, iteratively, until you run out of toes, then you read in the next foot and repeat. If you run out of bullets, you continue anyway because you have no exception-handling ability.

    COBOL
    Using a COLT 45 HANDGUN, AIM gun at LEG.FOOT, THEN place ARM.HAND.FINGER. on HANDGUN.TRIGGER and SQUEEZE. THEN return HANDGUN to HOLSTER. CHECK whether shoelace needs to be retied.

    LISP
    You shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which
    you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which
    you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which
    you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds the gun with which
    you shoot yourself in the appendage which holds ....

    BASIC
    Shoot yourself in the foot with a water pistol. On big systems, continue until entire lower body is waterlogged.

    Pascal
    The compiler won't let you shoot yourself in the foot.

    Unix
    % ls
    foot.c foot.h foot.o toe.c toe.o
    % rm * .o
    rm: .o: No such file or directory
    % ls
    %

    Visual Basic
    You'll shoot yourself in the foot, but you'll have so much fun doing it that you won't care.

    Ada
    After correctly packaging your foot, you attempt to concurrently load the gun, pull the trigger, scream and shoot yourself in the foot. When you try, however, you discover that your foot is of the wrong type.

    Assembly
    You try to shoot yourself in the foot only to discover you must first reinvent the gun, the bullet, and your foot. After that's done, you pull the trigger, the gun beeps several times, then crashes.

    Python
    You try to shoot yourself in the foot but you just keep hitting the whitespace between your toes.

    Etc...

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