The cost of Apple’s success

Paul Raven @ 27-05-2010

So, Apple’s market capitalization has passed that of old guard Microsoft. At the same time, they’re investigating a spate of suicides at one of the Asian megafactories that supplies their hardware, and they’re about to get hit with the same sort of anti-trust lawsuits that dogged Bill Gates and company over the last decade [via SlashDot].

Many a slip ‘twixt cup and lip, I guess…

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3 Responses to “The cost of Apple’s success”

  1. Dave says:

    The “spate” of suicides is actually a statistically normal number of suicides. See. In fact, Foxconn workers are roughly as likely to commit suicide as anyone in China (maybe less so). They sound like a lot, but the underlying working population is very large.

    Hard to shake the feeling that people getting riled about these deaths are trying to manipulate you.

  2. Paul Raven says:

    That’s kinda where I was going with it, Dave; there was a big push against Google last year, but they really struggled to make things stick and (I suspect) decided to turn to easier meat. The price of success is extra enemies. 🙂

  3. Dave says:

    Fair point, but I think repeating dubious claims like this has an information-cascade effect that tends to make people believe them.

    Sometimes they must be mentioned anyway, but in such cases I think it’s important to point out that they are questionable.