Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Jul 2009 20:10 UTC, submitted by kaiwai
Hardware, Embedded Systems This is one sad story to report on. Sun Danyong, 25-year-old employee at Chinese manufacturing company Foxconn, has committed suicide after being subjected to apparently rather rigorous interrogation methods by Foxconn's Central Security Division. Danyong handled a shipment of 16 iPhone prototypes, and one of them went missing. Update: Apple responds: "We are saddened by the tragic loss of this young employee, and we are awaiting results of the investigations into his death. We require our suppliers to treat all workers with dignity and respect."
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Caritas in Veritate
by red_devel on Wed 22nd Jul 2009 11:19 UTC
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"This is what happens when financial gain and profit are valued more than humans. Sure, you can adopt an holier-than-thou attitude and shun products from Foxconn, but the fact of the mater is that Foxconn is just one of many. In our search for ever cheaper products, for an ever cheaper labour force, we are apparently willing to accept the fact that our products are built in conditions like we see at Foxconn."

Thom, did you recently become Catholic? =P That idea is almost the exact message of Pope Benedict's most recent encyclical, Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth). The sad truth is, this is how the current system is set up: cheaper and better no matter the price. Until we, as a society, get to a point where we value respect of human life above all else, it will only get worse. Unfortunately, we're currently running 100 miles an hour in the wrong direction, accelerating all the while.

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