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Ask Slashdot: Any Smart Phones Made Under Worker-Friendly Conditions? 371

Posted by timothy
from the ethics-vs-aesthetics dept.
New submitter unimacs writes "So Apple has been under fire recently for the conditions at the factories of their Chinese suppliers. I listened to 'This American Life's' recent retraction of the Michael Daisey piece they did a while back. Great radio for those of you who haven't heard it — rarely has dead air been used to such effect. Anyway, while his work has been discredited, Michael Daisey wasn't inaccurate in his claims that working conditions are poor in iPhone and iPad factories. Given that, are there any smart phone manufacturers whose phones are made under better conditions?"
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Ask Slashdot: Any Smart Phones Made Under Worker-Friendly Conditions?

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  • by RobotRunAmok (595286) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @10:18AM (#39412961)

    My smartphone is made from low-fat granola pieces glued together from wheat reaped by freedom-loving highly-paid yet-still-spiritualistic gay Tibetan monks who are all married to one another and turn all their after-tax profits over to Greenpeace.

    Of course it doesn't work, but I feel really good about owning it and it's a great conversation-starter with the cute angry Goth chicks who hang out in my local hipster food co-op in Brooklyn.

  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @11:45AM (#39413989) Journal
    You labor activists, always with your whining.

    Seriously, is child slavery in my tantalum pits really so different from the 'spring break' that first-worlders voluntarily pay to experience?

    It looks pretty similar from my air conditioned compound: Baking sun, strenuous physical activity, mud, wet t-shirts, very limited sleep, lots and lots of children your age, no 'parents' there to look over your shoulder, an exotically corrupt law enforcement environment, questionably consensual debauchery...
  • by burisch_research (1095299) on Tuesday March 20, 2012 @12:20PM (#39414505)

    I believe both Zunes made last year were manufactured in Sweden.

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