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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Comment by Stratoukos
by Stratoukos on Tue 21st Jul 2009 20:43 UTC
Stratoukos
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2009-02-11

"I actually own three motherboards by Foxconn - my media centre's, my main workstation's, and my PowerMac G4's motherboards are all made by them. They're all working fine, and I'm quite happy with them. Hypocrisy?"

Exactly my thoughts. I'm pretty sure people are going to bash apple for dealing with foxconn but the ultimate power lies with the consumer. Why don't you stop buying iPhones or iPods? And Xboxes and Playstations and Wiis and Intel motherboards and kindles? (you can visit wikipedia for a rather impressive list)

Point is that a company that big may seem a good thing at first since it means lower prices but what happens when you stop liking those guys?

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Disposable staff
by Liquidator on Wed 22nd Jul 2009 06:53 in reply to "Comment by Stratoukos"
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2007-03-04

True. And this is one more case of an employee being pressed like a lemon and thrown away. As we speak, Foxconn is probably doing interviews and this employee is being replaced by another disposable one. This is what happens in most large companies. I left one a few years ago, precisely because despite medication, I was going to commit suicide because of insane pressure. I wasn't able to withstand the climate. I wasn't the only one, almost everyone in the office were taking antidepressant, and everyday there were coworkers crying. Crazy world, really. Just because or greed.

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