Monthly Archives: July 2009

New Developments in Foxconn Employee Suicide Case

The New Yorker has some new twists on the suicide of a Foxconn employee over a lost iPhone prototype.

The Sourthern Daily claims to have viewed surveillance footage of the interrogation, and they show no signs that he was beaten or locked up.

Living in a Police State

The Populist Party on the arrest of Henry Gates:

We have, as a nation, sunk to the level of a police state, when we grant our police the unfettered power to arrest honest, law-abiding citizens for simply stating their minds. And it’s no consolation that someone like Gates can count on having such charges tossed out. It’s the arrest, the cuffing, and the humiliating ride in the back of a cop squad car to be booked and held until bailed out that is the outrage.

Apollo 11 Source Code

Just to satisfy your curiosity, you can see the source code of the guidance computer from the lunar module 40 years ago.

Foxconn Employee Commits Suicide After Losing Prototype iPhone

VentureBeat reports:

Last Thursday, 25 year-old Sun Danyong committed suicide after a fourth-generation iPhone prototype he was responsible for went missing.

This sounds like something straight from The Onion, but the rest of the article has a very grave tone:

On Thursday, July 9th, Sun got 16 prototype phones from the assembly line at a local Foxconn factory. At some point in the next few days, he discovered that one of the phones was missing. He suspected that it had been left at the factory, but couldn’t find it. On Monday, July 13, he reported the missing phone to his boss. Then, that Wednesday, three Foxconn employees searched his apartment — illegally, according to Chinese law. Accusations are flying that Sun was detained and physically abused during the investigation, although this has not been substantiated (possible evidence: there’s this somewhat garbled and potentially faked instant message exchange from Sun shortly before his death).

What is known: On Thursday — a little after 3 a.m. according to surveillance videos in the apartment building — he jumped out of a window in his apartment building to his death.

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