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If you like using a mouse made by a company (KYE) that is accused of subjecting its employees to illegal and even inhumane working conditions.


I really don't have a problem at all with that.
post #42 of 143
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Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

Correction: They make reasonably good "old-timey" style keyboards, (the type with the big clunky keys that have to travel a half inch to register a press), if you like that sort.

Even then you have to be a fan of those split in half, curved ones designed to banish the spectre of carpal tunnel to really get behind Microsoft's keyboards. (I say "spectre" because we now know that carpel tunnel was basically imaginary for the most part).

Wow. Having written several large books on a regular keyboard and having my wrists lock up on me, I can assure you that ergonomic keyboards made a *huge* difference in my case. Perhaps I'm not typical, but the difference was amazing to me.
post #43 of 143
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Originally Posted by rhyde View Post

I really don't have a problem at all with that.

To each his own.

I don't drink coffee that was produced using child labor either, but most people don't have time or interest to even find out where the big green machine gets there supply from.

Life is too short to drink bad coffee.

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post #44 of 143
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Originally Posted by anonymouse View Post

IBM makes more money than they used to, too, but they no longer rule the tech world. Microsoft may continue making lots of money for a long time, but they are no longer any sort of force in the industry.

And someday, regrettably, Apple will be in that position. No one is top dog forever.
post #45 of 143
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Originally Posted by mstone View Post

To each his own.

I don't drink coffee that was produced using child labor either,

Neither do I. Then again, I don't drink coffee at all.

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but most people don't have time or interest to even find out where the big green machine gets there supply from.

Yeah, I'm sure you vet out everything you use, right?
Keep in mind, if those child laborers weren't working for next to nothing picking coffee all day long, they'd just be *starving*.
Cheers.
post #46 of 143
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To each his own.

I don't drink coffee that was produced using child labor either, but most people don't have time or interest to even find out where the big green machine gets there supply from.

Coffee produced using child labor isn't necessarily evil, for example on a small family owned finca it would be quite normal for the children to be involved in the picking and processing. There's still plenty of child labor going on on farms and orchards in this country (U.S.).

Besides, I thought big green bought triage coffee?
post #47 of 143
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Originally Posted by skiracer1987 View Post

Seconded

But interestingly.... the ratio of gross to net is in MS favor by a long shot. I thought Apple was supposed to be the high margin money grubbing villain that everyone loves to complain about?? Maybe it's an accounting thing.........

Maybe someone already answered this, but on case they haven't, I'll try.

Software margins can be as high as 90%, if paper manuals, disks, packaging, shipping, etc. Isn't required. MS has much higher margins because they are mostly a software company.

It can also be said that software companies rip off their customers with those high margins, and perhaps that's so, but whether it is true or not, the margins are very high if the company is successful.
post #48 of 143
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Originally Posted by Patranus View Post

Steve Jobs should send Mr. Gates a thank you note for that 400 million dollar loan

It was a $150 million investment in non voteing stock, and MS made a bundle on it.
post #49 of 143
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Originally Posted by cmvsm View Post

Yes, and Microsoft stock was up .50 a share today, while Apple was down again at -$3.50 a share. Not sure what's going on with Apple stock, but its ridiculous. How can you have the earnings and innovation that this company has had over the past straight two quarters, and they are only a couple dollars over stock prices way back in January. Something is amiss. Although 'Boo Ya' Cramer says to "be patient", and remains a strong buy.

Well, there was anticipation that MS would beat the numbers, so it went up 1.25% during the day, but it's down 1.65% after hours so far. Apple went down 0.97% during the day, and is up 0.22% after hours.

We'll see what happens tomorrow. Apple is being pounded in the markets for nutty reasons, but it did rise nicely for several days after their earning report. It's stuck right now.
post #50 of 143
Isn't about time AI also include Google in its charting... The battle between MS and Apple has been over for a long time now...
post #51 of 143
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Originally Posted by rhyde View Post

Neither do I. Then again, I don't drink coffee at all.


Yeah, I'm sure you vet out everything you use, right?
Keep in mind, if those child laborers weren't working for next to nothing picking coffee all day long, they'd just be *starving*.
Cheers.

Easy for you to imagine it being so black and white but it isn't that simple. Their parents make them work instead of letting them go to school where they would be fed and where they might grow up educated and make a difference in the society instead of just making the same mistakes over and over for generations. Coffee pickers make around 10 cents a pound which ultimately is sold in modern countries for more than 10 dollars. 99% of the profit on coffee is made after it reaches our shores. Profits made on the backs of children. But very few coffee drinkers know or care.

On the other hand wages in China are rising rapidly and they have an aging population problem just slightly behind the US and Japan. Many high tech manufacturers are already moving away from China to seek cheaper labor in Cambodia and Laos for example. The age of cheap Chinese made goods is quickly coming to a close. But greedy corporations will continue to exploit workers anywhere they can get away with it.

Life is too short to drink bad coffee.

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post #52 of 143
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Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

Correction: They make reasonably good "old-timey" style keyboards, (the type with the big clunky keys that have to travel a half inch to register a press), if you like that sort.

Even then you have to be a fan of those split in half, curved ones designed to banish the spectre of carpal tunnel to really get behind Microsoft's keyboards. (I say "spectre" because we now know that carpel tunnel was basically imaginary for the most part).

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very serious problem. I had it myself. My doctor told me to buy the best, most adjustable computer chair available with an adjustable headrest, and I did. After a couple of months using that my problems went away.
post #53 of 143
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Originally Posted by neiltc13 View Post

Microsoft is still doing very well. They're making the best products they ever have done, such as:

- Zune desktop software
- Zune hardware and mobile software
- Windows Phone 7
- Windows 7
- Office 2010
- Office 2011 for Mac
- Xbox 360
- Xbox Live

All great products and deserve to be class leaders if they are not already. I can't think of another company (including Apple) that has put out such a fantastic range of very good products. I'm very pleased with all of my recent purchases from Microsoft.



Huh? The revenue and profit is a huge rise on last year and also stands as a record for this period in any year the company has operated. Of course, if Apple makes more, Microsoft must have failed

You're kidding of course. At least, I hope so.
post #54 of 143
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Besides, I thought big green bought triage coffee?

Triage is really bad crap. But it has nothing to do with child labor.

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post #55 of 143
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Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

it's true, look it up.

RSI is a real thing, but the solution is basically not doing so much of whatever the repetitive thing is that causes the pain. Carpal Tunnel syndrome on the other hand, basically doesn't exist anymore and was a dubious proposition even at the time it was being heavily promoted.

Anyone who's been around computers long enough knows this instinctively because at the time it was being promoted so heavily, almost everyone had it, but nowadays, no one has it at all. I distinctly remember buying bushels and bushels of those silly spilt keyboards and wrist thingies and pressure wraps for large numbers of our employees and I remember setting them up on people's desks. I remember the lawsuits, the sick leaves and the union grievances over it. I remember reading the tech press talking about how we were all doomed and that there simply "wasn't an answer" for carpal tunnel. There were people talking about alternative interfaces simply because they thought the "death of the keyboard" was just around the corner.

Now here we are years later and maybe two people out of a thousand even use those silly things and I haven't even heard of anyone taking sick leave for such a thing for at least five years.

Lots of illnesses even ones that require surgery or ones that eventually kill you, turn out to be imaginary, it's hardly unusual. It doesn't make them any less painful, but it does make them "not real."

So we can assume that the NIH is concerned about an imaginary problem?

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/c...pal_tunnel.htm
post #56 of 143
Fifteen years ago, nobody would have guessed this. I guess the tech industry can still surprise. And interestingly, Apple actually makes good products!
post #57 of 143
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Originally Posted by mstone View Post

To each his own.

I don't drink coffee that was produced using child labor either, but most people don't have time or interest to even find out where the big green machine gets there supply from.

Unfortunately, all third world countries, and some that are no so third world, rely on child labor. The mantra for thousands of years has been that everyone who can support the family, does so. Only when countries get a big enough, and rich enough middle class, do their attitudes change.

I don't think that we have the right to tell everyone else that what we do is always going to be best for them. That's amazingly arrogant.
post #58 of 143
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Originally Posted by mstone View Post

Easy for you to imagine it being so black and white but it isn't that simple. Their parents make them work instead of letting them go to school where they would be fed and where they might grow up educated and make a difference in the society instead of just making the same mistakes over and over for generations. Coffee pickers make around 10 cents a pound which ultimately is sold in modern countries for more than 10 dollars. 99% of the profit on coffee is made after it reaches our shores. Profits made on the backs of children. But very few coffee drinkers know or care.

On the other hand wages in China are rising rapidly and they have an aging population problem just slightly behind the US and Japan. Many high tech manufacturers are already moving away from China to seek cheaper labor in Cambodia and Laos for example. The age of cheap Chinese made goods is quickly coming to a close. But greedy corporations will continue to exploit workers anywhere they can get away with it.

You're oversimplifying. Since when don't parents make their children do anything? You think that going to school in these countries makes much of a difference? It doesn't. There are few jobs available for more educated people. But these children do get to learn how to read and write in most instances, except perhaps for those living well out of the way in small groups.

I had two guys from India working for me who had degrees and licenses in India as MD's. But there were no jobs available for them there, and they couldn't pass the licensing exams here. This is nothing unusual. In China, there is lots of child labor. Same in India, Taiwan, and just about anywhere else.

In many of these countries, you take away child labor, and you severely damage the economy. They wouldn't thank you for it.
post #59 of 143
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Originally Posted by melgross View Post

So we can assume that the NIH is concerned about an imaginary problem?

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/c...pal_tunnel.htm

There have been some publications that dispute the link between computer use / typing and the condition itself, which is undoubtedly real.

For example, from The Journal of hand surgery 33 (7): 107680

Disparity between popular (Internet) and scientific illness concepts of carpal tunnel syndrome causation.

Scangas G, Lozano-Calderón S, Ring D.
Massachusetts General Hospital, Hand and Upper Extremity Service, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Boston, MA 02114, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:
To determine whether there are notable disparities between popular (Internet) and scientific (Index Medicus) theories of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) causation.

METHODS:
Reports from 3 sources were evaluated with regard to support for etiological theories of CTS: 1) patient-oriented information on CTS from the Internet, 2) recent physician-oriented information on CTS from medical journals indexed on Index Medicus, and 3) articles addressing the etiology of CTS from the 1997 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health report. Multiple logistic regression analyses evaluated differences in etiological theories from the 3 sources.

RESULTS:
Internet sites implicated vitamin B(6) deficiency, tenosynovitis, and typing or computer use as causes for idiopathic CTS considerably more often and genetic predisposition considerably less often than recent Index Medicus scientific reports and reports reviewed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

CONCLUSIONS:
There are notable disparities between popular (Internet) and scientific (Index Medicus) theories of CTS causation.
post #60 of 143
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Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

Correction: They make reasonably good "old-timey" style keyboards, (the type with the big clunky keys that have to travel a half inch to register a press), if you like that sort.

Even then you have to be a fan of those split in half, curved ones designed to banish the spectre of carpal tunnel to really get behind Microsoft's keyboards. (I say "spectre" because we now know that carpel tunnel was basically imaginary for the most part).

Well, to be perfectly honest, I am only using the Microsoft Natural Keyboard on my work (Windows 7) machine.

I used to have the same keyboard on my home system (a Mac mini), but I've since switched to the Apple Keyboard and the Magic Trackpad (which is awesome).

post #61 of 143
That's actually a great result for Microsoft.

Not only have they increased both profit and revenue but more importantly they have shown they can seek out new sources of revenue to combat the reduction in PC sales.

I'd love to see what would happen if they released a version of Office for iDevices.
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I resent the implication.

As well you should.

Stay thirsty, my friend.
post #63 of 143
As long as Microsft fails to understand the most crucial point about its failing business model it is destined to slowly fail over time.

The point is that its core profit and revenue centers are being squeezed from two sides. Its not obvious yet. that is why the MS fan boys can't see the trend. The two forces squeezing it are mobile from the low end (Apple, HP's coming mobile/always connected OS etc) and the busines side the Virtualization /business rationalization). It thinks that as long as its market share of the desktop remains dominant it will remain profitable. But the desktop is becoming marginalized. Once the down trend starts (it started this year) it will be very quick and steep. I see some time in the next 2-4 years a serious drop in revenue for Office/Windows divisions, followed immediately by a 50-70% drop in share price over a few months. Once that starts it will accelerate as many companies see the obvious and decide to drop MS products in increasing numbers. Many fortune 500 companies are starting the initial phases of figuring out how to moce applicatiosn off of the desktop onto virtual servers so fro example rather than having 1000's of installed instances of MS Office and the massive resources neede to manage that inftastructure. They are planning to execute instances of whatever MS program on a remote server. This means a massive drop in revenue for microsoft as companies renegoatiate their licensing models with MS. Once this tech starts to mature the offcie of the future will consist for the main part of dumb low powered PC type devices, basically very slim flat panels, maybe even a tablet type interface with basic networking connected to powerfil server farm , sometimes in the cloud contracted out to highly efficient providers on a service type basis. The fee structure will shift back to a how much procesing you use model. It will take a while but it is inevitable. I see MS as a great Stock to short in a couple of years. Balmer will be fired and a new management team will be put in place to restructure MS and restore it to some semblance of order. MS will remain around as shell of its former self and will go into directions which are very pedestrian and profitable. Very similar to IBM. That will be the point to stop shorting and invest again.

Just watch

The argument that windows foks trot out every time
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Every three years you hang some new curtains on the same old windows, every computer that is not a Mac needs its (sorry Linix hard to get a PC without Windows shipped on it) and then copy the software onto a million CD's and make a killing. Not the same thing as developing, merchandising new products each quarter and throw in a product platform that didn't exist the prior year (iPad).
post #64 of 143
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Originally Posted by muppetry View Post

There have been some publications that dispute the link between computer use / typing and the condition itself, which is undoubtedly real.

For example, from The Journal of hand surgery 33 (7): 1076–80

Disparity between popular (Internet) and scientific illness concepts of carpal tunnel syndrome causation.

Scangas G, Lozano-Calderón S, Ring D.
Massachusetts General Hospital, Hand and Upper Extremity Service, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Boston, MA 02114, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:
To determine whether there are notable disparities between popular (Internet) and scientific (Index Medicus) theories of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) causation.

METHODS:
Reports from 3 sources were evaluated with regard to support for etiological theories of CTS: 1) patient-oriented information on CTS from the Internet, 2) recent physician-oriented information on CTS from medical journals indexed on Index Medicus, and 3) articles addressing the etiology of CTS from the 1997 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health report. Multiple logistic regression analyses evaluated differences in etiological theories from the 3 sources.

RESULTS:
Internet sites implicated vitamin B(6) deficiency, tenosynovitis, and typing or computer use as causes for idiopathic CTS considerably more often and genetic predisposition considerably less often than recent Index Medicus scientific reports and reports reviewed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

CONCLUSIONS:
There are notable disparities between popular (Internet) and scientific (Index Medicus) theories of CTS causation.

That doesn't say much of anything. I'm not interested in what Internet sites say about medical problems any more than I agree with Prevention Magazine, which is mostly crap, or Psychology Today, or any publications of that ilk.

The point is that CTS is real. You can get it from many kinds of work. Sitting in front of a computer with a bad keyboard at the wrong height and angle, where you take few breaks, can give this to people. I got it from working with Photoshop and associated programs, using a 12" x 18" Wacom tablet, a trackball, and keyboard. I know of others who had the same problem.

This is well documented. It doesn't mean that popular belief about what this is is entirely correct, as popular beliefs are rarely completely correct, or sometimes, correct at all.

But many illnesses are not believed to be true for many years, until newer research proves them to be, such as restless leg syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, and others. Ignorant people, and that includes people with advanced degrees in the subject, often deride these problems until they are proven wrong.
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Unfortunately, all third world countries, and some that are no so third world, rely on child labor. The mantra for thousands of years has been that everyone who can support the family, does so. Only when countries get a big enough, and rich enough middle class, do their attitudes change.

I don't think that we have the right to tell everyone else that what we do is always going to be best for them. That's amazingly arrogant.

And let's face it, children pick the beans more gently so that my espresso tastes better.

No, seriously, you're right though. 'Send those kids to school' doesn't always work when that would equate to them not eating because their families don't have enough money. Unfortunately for them, many places have lots of impoverished kids being born, whether for cultural (agri-cultural), religious, or lack-of-contraceptives-in-general reasons.

When you look at how many places have kids working dangerous jobs, or even have parents selling the kids into prostitution / slavery, I suspect the ones that end up picking some beans may be among the ones that are better off - at least they're eating. So before someone berates a coffee drinker next time, maybe they should ask themselves what they did to put food in that kids stomach today, unless they're arguing that starvation is better.
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Originally Posted by melgross View Post

That doesn't say much of anything. I'm not interested in what Internet sites say about medical problems any more than I agree with Prevention Magazine, which is mostly crap, or Psychology Today, or any publications of that ilk.

The point is that CTS is real. You can get it from many kinds of work. Sitting in front of a computer with a bad keyboard at the wrong height and angle, where you take few breaks, can give this to people. I got it from working with Photoshop and associated programs, using a 12" x 18" Wacom tablet, a trackball, and keyboard. I know of others who had the same problem.

This is well documented. It doesn't mean that popular belief about what this is is entirely correct, as popular beliefs are rarely completely correct, or sometimes, correct at all.

But many illnesses are not believed to be true for many years, until newer research proves them to be, such as restless leg syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, and others. Ignorant people, and that includes people with advanced degrees in the subject, often deride these problems until they are proven wrong.

I think you may have misread the abstract. Anyway, I'm not arguing the case either way - just pointing out that there have been scientific studies published in reputable peer-reviewed journals that support the view that computer use has been over-attributed as the cause of CTS.
post #67 of 143
Talk about child labour. I grew up and lived most of my life in a small Indian city. You know what reaction the working class has when politicians try to enforce child labour laws. They scorn at them, because their children will not be able to bring home some extra dough. And most teenagers in not so well-to-do families work even when they are going to school.

It really is not so black and white.
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So before someone berates a coffee drinker next time, maybe they should ask themselves what they did to put food in that kids stomach today, unless they're arguing that starvation is better.

You could make a difference in other ways than buying the coffee. You could visit Coffeekids.org and make a donation. While you are there you could educate yourself about the issue.

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post #69 of 143
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And let's face it, children pick the beans more gently so that my espresso tastes better.

No, seriously, you're right though. 'Send those kids to school' doesn't always work when that would equate to them not eating because their families don't have enough money. Unfortunately for them, many places have lots of impoverished kids being born, whether for cultural (agri-cultural), religious, or lack-of-contraceptives-in-general reasons.

When you look at how many places have kids working dangerous jobs, or even have parents selling the kids into prostitution / slavery, I suspect the ones that end up picking some beans may be among the ones that are better off - at least they're eating. So before someone berates a coffee drinker next time, maybe they should ask themselves what they did to put food in that kids stomach today, unless they're arguing that starvation is better.

And people in poorer countries have bigger families as well. Unfortunately, many children died when very young, which means they didn't get to support the family, which is the ONLY purpose children have in these countries. And it goes on for centuries. The problem is that now, even in many of the poorest countries, medical care, though not great, is often good enough to create an imbalance between why people have large families, and the realities of the more modern world, which is that because they don't of any other way to do it, they continue having large families, even though more of their kids grow up now.

This creates an overabundance of labor, which means that even if these people could send their children to school for more than a few years, they have even more mouths to feed, and so they need everyone to work.

The mistake about China, is that while it's true that adults move to the cities in search for factory work, children still work in the rural areas, which still makes up the large majority of the Chinese population. So while there is a labor shortage in the factory towns, there is no shortage in the villages where children are still being used. In fact, this migration makes child labor in China even more important.
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I think you may have misread the abstract. Anyway, I'm not arguing the case either way - just pointing out that there have been scientific studies published in reputable peer-reviewed journals that support the view that computer use has been over-attributed as the cause of CTS.

If someone says that computer use is the major cause of CTS, then I would agree that that is wrong. But it certainly is A cause.
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You're oversimplifying. Since when don't parents make their children do anything? You think that going to school in these countries makes much of a difference? It doesn't. There are few jobs available for more educated people. But these children do get to learn how to read and write in most instances, except perhaps for those living well out of the way in small groups.

I am not over simplifying the issue and I know first hand of which I speak. Although I can only tell about Central America because I visit the region every year and I am personally involved with trying improve this problem, I could go on for days about this subject but this not the right thread to elaborate any more than I have already. But based on your remarks above it is pretty clear to me that you do not have any first hand knowledge of the subject.

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Coffee produced using child labor isn't necessarily evil, for example on a small family owned finca it would be quite normal for the children to be involved in the picking and processing. There's still plenty of child labor going on on farms and orchards in this country (U.S.).

Besides, I thought big green bought triage coffee?

I agree with anonymouse. I am one of those people that has done child labor in the U.S. I grew up on a farm and started moving irrigation pipe when I was 8. My dad paid me .10 a pipe and I loved it. He took me to the bank to open an account when I was under 10 and I socked away $30 and was proud of it (after a whole summer of work). Those 10 years of child labor were some of the best of my life.

Americans need a reality check. The kids committing suicide and taking antidepressants aren't the ones out working at age 8. Unless you worked as a child, don't knock it. You don't have an F'ing clue what makes people happy.
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Steve Jobs should send Mr. Gates a thank you note for that 400 million dollar loan

Actually, it should be the other way around. Microsoft announced that they would make a $150 million INVESTMENT on August, 6th 1997. On that date, Apple's stock was worth $6.58, so Microsoft had received about 22,796,352 shares. Apple's stock did a 2:1 split in February 2005 so assuming they still own the stock, they now have almost 45.6 million shares. At today's closing price of $346.75, that means Microsoft would have over $15.8 BILLION in Apple Stock.

So Mr. Gate, please tell Steve Jobs "Thank You"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Apple_Inc.
post #74 of 143
Just to clarify, I don't believe in child labor that is abusive or that prevents a child from getting an education. However, I think all children would benefit physically and mentally from doing a lot more physical labor for pay. Of course, as a shareholder of Apple, maybe I shouldn't care if they spend all day stroking their iPod touch instead.
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Future milestones:
OS X market share is higher than Windows.

I dont see how that is possible. If you switch HP and and Macs worldwide PC position for PCs with desktop OSes you only get around 17% of the market. While that would about 75% of the worlds PC profits, by my estimation, its still 83% not running Mac OS, which means near that for MS Windows.


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Right. This is the company that killed the Courier and went back to the only play they know: "Windows on tablets". Good to see they're moving in the right direction: backwards.

The courier never existed.


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And let's face it, children pick the beans more gently so that my espresso tastes better.

The saline in their innocent tears make the roasting process really bring out the flavour.

Seriously though, I have never heard about child slave labour actively being used by Starbucks.
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Microsoft is still doing very well. They're making the best products they ever have done, such as:

- Zune desktop software
- Zune hardware and mobile software
- Windows Phone 7

Wait, what???

You forgot Kin

"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

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I am not over simplifying the issue and I know first hand of which I speak. Although I can only tell about Central America because I visit the region every year and I am personally involved with trying improve this problem, I could go on for days about this subject but this not the right thread to elaborate any more than I have already. But based on your remarks above it is pretty clear to me that you do not have any first hand knowledge of the subject.

I don't have to be there to understand the condition. And you can be there and not understand the condition.
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Actually, it should be the other way around. Microsoft announced that they would make a $150 million INVESTMENT on August, 6th 1997. On that date, Apple's stock was worth $6.58, so Microsoft had received about 22,796,352 shares. Apple's stock did a 2:1 split in February 2005 so assuming they still own the stock, they now have almost 45.6 million shares. At today's closing price of $346.75, that means Microsoft would have over $15.8 BILLION in Apple Stock.

So Mr. Gate, please tell Steve Jobs "Thank You"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Apple_Inc.

They were forced by Apple to make that investment, and they sold it a long time ago.
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To each his own.

I don't drink coffee that was produced using child labor either, but most people don't have time or interest to even find out where the big green machine gets there supply from.

agreed
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Originally Posted by mstone View Post

I am not over simplifying the issue and I know first hand of which I speak. Although I can only tell about Central America because I visit the region every year and I am personally involved with trying improve this problem, I could go on for days about this subject but this not the right thread to elaborate any more than I have already. But based on your remarks above it is pretty clear to me that you do not have any first hand knowledge of the subject.

Did YOU do the child labor? If not, it isn't first hand. The problem is, people go to poor countries and they mistake the difference in the standard of living for poor working conditions. I have lived in Costa Rica and Mexico (amongst ordinary people). When I was in Mexico I was there long enough to forget what it was like living in the US. After a while you just don't think about or care about the fact that you have to walk everywhere, that you don't have central air conditioning or heating, or that you have to wash your cloths using a rock slab out the back door. I now make more money in one month than many Mexicans make in a half a decade or so and I assure you they enjoy life more than I do. Unless you've immersed yourself in a different society it is hard to understand this principle. Most of them do not care that they are poor because they don't know any different. Most Americans are puzzled when a Hollywood star commits suicide. It is the same principle....what you see is not their reality.
I'm sure there are some child labor issues out there. But I think it is a very very small percentage of the world. I suspect that most of the "suffering" is an American's misinterpretation of poverty = unhappiness. If you ask me, Americans need to figure out that maintaining wealth often = unhappiness.
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