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Foxconn Using Forced Student Labour to make iPhones (nytimes.com)
9 points by mef 1028 days ago | 4 comments



1) Students come from vocational schools that train students for skilled factory labour.

2) This isn't an iPhone assembly line.

3) NY Times shouldn't be publishing BS a week after it has been dismissed as BS http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/6/3297995/forced-to-work-on-t...

4) NY Times acknowledges that their source is BS by quoting another media outlet mentioning that it is a cable assembly line.

5) I can't comment on the electronics industry but such practices are very common in China as the vocational schools are actually ran by major manufacturers.

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Who's to blame? Apple for creating such demand for a large launch within a short period of time, or Foxconn for accepting such demand?

I'll go with Foxconn - you shouldn't be accepting contracts from multiple vendors if you don't have the manpower.

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The story is crap, but I frankly I think a number of people would be interested in buying an iPhone 5 in kit form. Granted with modern circuitry it would be pretty insane to have neophytes try to hand solder BGA package-on-package chips but if you look at the phone from the iFixit perspective (just the major assemblies) that would be fun.

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Why this is news to anybody? If you are surprised or disturbed by this news you have not been in touch with the life in 3rd world.

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