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In many parts of the country, yes.    In New York, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and I suspect, a number of other cities, about the least you're finding an apartment for is $1200 a month and in New York at least, even in the outer boroughs, that would be pretty tough to find.    That's $14,400 right there.    On $35K, in a locality with federal, state and local income taxes, you'll come home with about $28,000.      So now you have $13,600 left for all other...
  If the free market system worked, we wouldn't have companies paying minimum wage, which you absolutely cannot live on in most parts of the country.   Minimum wage puts you below the poverty level.   Just because jobs are scarce doesn't make paying sub-poverty wages ethical.      Real-wages for working-class people has not increased in 30 years.     The free market system does not work in this regard.   (It works well for employers, it just doesn't work very well for...
    There's a difference between legal behavior and ethical behavior.   When Apple (or any company) sets up a mailbox or a small office with just a few people for the sole purpose of avoiding taxes elsewhere, it might be totally legal (although it certainly violates the intention of the law), but it's not ethical.      And the reason why the press goes after Apple is because it's become so big.    It's why they go after Wal-Mart or Exxon-Mobil or Microsoft as well.  ...
  So you think what -  that these Chinese workers who are threatening suicide are either "spoiled children" or "manipulators"?       You think there can absolutely be no truth to their complaints?     Personally, I don't know what the reality is and I don't think anyone who hasn't been to the factory really does.   But when people who actively pursued a job threaten suicide once they have it, I have to believe that there's at least some reality behind it.       I'm not...
    I'm no fan of either Texas politicians or government bureaucracy and inefficient decision making, but isn't it the other way around?  Isn't Apple the one doing the money grubbing?    Frankly, I think it should be illegal to offer any large business any financial incentives at all.   This way, all localities would be on an even playing field and companies would make the decisions to locate based on more appropriate reasons like access to qualified employees, land...
  I think you might be the one with a big ego.     While his technological expertise might not be relevant to today's Apple, he could most decidedly serve in a mentorship and a "rally the troops" mode.     He also might be one who could return parts of Apple to more of an entrepreneurial way of working as it evolves to the regiment of a giant business, which can kill creativity.        Love it.     I would disagree.   The problem with using known actors playing "real"...
    I agree.   When you become so isolated from "ordinary" people, you forget how ordinary people who are not tech freaks live their lives and use products.     And then you begin to make mistakes in product strategy, UI, etc.     It also strikes me as a bit paranoid.      The funny thing is that this strikes me more as something that Steve would have tried to implement.   There's nothing wrong with having "another" internal cafeteria, but the reason most companies have...
    Foxconn (Apple) is there for only one reason.    Brazil has giant import taxes on anything not produced there.   IMO, the Government was brilliant.   They, in essence, forced Apple/Foxconn to manufacture there.   If Apple were to give up manufacturing there, they'd be giving up on Brazil as a market because few could afford the product with the import taxes.       None of us know whether the employees' gripes are legit or not.    But I think this assumption that...
    I agree with you when it comes to general use by businesses for employees who use a multitude of applications both locally and on the network:   Microsoft Office plus whatever proprietary accounting or other apps a particular company uses.    No one is going to be very efficient trying to use those kinds of apps on an iPad.      But for employees who do one thing:   order takers, inventory, certain medical apps, etc., the iPad is a great device and many businesses are...
    No they should not stop making Macs.    Many of us still need to do real work using complex applications on a large monitor (or more than one monitor) and need to type efficiently on a real keyboard.     The iPad is an amazing device and is fantastic for people who mainly consume content.   But it does not replace the sophisticated use of a computer.      Macs and iPads are made on different production lines with different parts.  One does not impact the other.    ...
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