Earlier today I received a news feed stating that Apple and the Chinese government have reached an agreement (a meager $1,000,000,000 investment) on a new data center. I have absolutely no issue with the most profitable corporation in history placing jobs overseas, taking advantage of tax loopholes, and grossly under paying workers in an effort to woo a market that received the iPhone will a less than a warm welcome. But at some point the spin just has to stop!
Think about it, we hear spin on TV, we hear spin on the radio, we hear it at work, and if you have teenagers like mine, I guarantee you hear it at home too. So when I read on the interwebs that consumers can rest easy because China will not have access to the data center or any data housed on the servers in their country I just about lost it!
Do the spinmeisters in Cupertino really think the public is that dumb? Just a couple of years ago China had a regulation requiring their government have unfettered access to any data stored within their borders. But it gets even better. You see, Apple pays their Chinese workers such a pittance they need suicide nets at the factories. But being an industrious lot, local Apple employees came up with a new way to supplement their substandard income. How, you say, by stealing customer information and selling it!
Maybe if Apple paid a reasonable wage suicide nets and thievery would not be necessary to keep their stock price propped up. Naw, why would Tim Cook even consider placing people before profits…
Maybe William Boetcher was dead wrong when he said in 1916-
You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time