Foxconn doing what it can.

Apple said today that they’re quite pleased with how Foxconn (the maker of the iPad) responded to the series of 12 suicides last year at their mega-factory/dormitory complex in Taipei… they’ve put up nets to catch jumpers (which reminds me of the Golden Gate Bridge fence controversy), created a 24-hour suicide hotline, and hired psychologists. And like Jobbs said last year Foxconn’s suicide rate is still 1/4 of the rate in the States… but it still freaks us Westerners out to think that the 400,000 people who work there live in dorms that look like a submarine and rarely leave their employer’s property; not only do they live a stone’s throw from where they work, but there are grocery stores and movie theaters in the complex as well. But maybe all this is not much different than a mining town? And then there is the work itself which seems like it would be mind-numbingly boring, but likely not as dangerous as going underground several miles. And did I mention how much I love cooking with my iPad?

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