Give some thought to the above before buying an Apple device, please.
Unless you can show me a non-biased, non-partisan view of how Apple is the worst tech company to buy from, I'll continue to enjoy my MacBook Air.
[Edit]: Man, I didn't even say I supported/cared about this manufacturing aspect (hint: I don't) and I'm already getting downvoted... Considering all the controversial things I've said on this site that hadn't earned me a negative score before, this doesn't exactly shed a positive light on Apple proponents. It's OK to not care about a certain aspect/political issue, but the guy's argument was a sound one, at least give him/her that much.
In all seriousness, this is a real problem in IT. People see shiny new products, and focus on the shininess, not the ethics behind it.
E.g. reviews of new Android devices that so rarely investigate whether the manufacturer is abiding by the terms of the GPL.
> manufacturing aspect (hint: I don't) and I'm already
> getting downvoted...
Cognitive dissonance FTW. When people make a tradeoff decision that involves an entity with a provable history of unethical behaviour (patent lawsuits anyone?), they'd rather not be reminded of it in public.
This from a Spotify and Google user, note. I'm not saying that tradeoff decisions are necessarily wrong, just that my theory is that sensitivity about them is why you're getting downvoted.
How is this relevant to a device that no longer needs to be predicted?
First link is bonkers.
Second link is oh no, pentalobe screws.
Third link is gasp non-removable battery. Yep just like practically every knock of-- excuse me ultrabook has (and for exactly the same reasons Apple did it the first time: people like the very thin form factor).
Actually, you know, you're right. We need to boycott these evil organizations. Who needs technology when the companies who make it are greedy? Who needs a government when it does stupid things every once in a while?
I posted to HN because I'm concerned that these sorts of discussions get no air-time when discussing the latest, greatest IT products. As an example, when was the last time you saw a reviewer asking a company about the GPL compliance of its new Android product?
(Actually, when was the last time you saw a reviewer do anything other than copy-and-paste from a press release? Most reviews these days are just marketing copy).