[rescue] Re: OT: Linux and USB on Intel

Michael Free mfree80286 at adelphia.net
Sun Apr 20 11:18:09 CDT 2003

It's probably safe to say that the people are pretty happy with those
conditions because they simply don't know any better. When you're born and
raised under a set of conditions, those conditions become "normal".

Mike Free

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave McGuire" <mcguire at neurotica.com>
To: "The Rescue List" <rescue at sunhelp.org>
Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2003 12:01 PM
Subject: Re: [rescue] Re: OT: Linux and USB on Intel

> On Sunday, April 20, 2003, at 11:56 AM, Gavin Hubbard wrote:
> > Heh. I once tried to work out the rough cost of assembling PC style
> > SMPS
> > using a component catalogue (IIRC Farnell or similar). I stopped
> > counting
> > after I got to about $250.
> >
> > I have _never_ understood how they can manufacture the components,
> > assemble
> > the PSU, ship it around the world, sell it for around $20, and still
> > make a
> > profit. Truly a miracle of the modern age.
>    No, it's more a miracle of sweatshops in China.  I've just gone
> through a big manufacturing plan for a product I just built.  I learned
> more about high-volume electronics manufacturing than I ever wanted to
> know.  Both component and fabrication costs plummet (and I mean
> PLUMMET) once you get up past the 100,000 quantity range.
>    Those factories are basically big communes...the workers live in huge
> dormitories no more than a few hundred feet from the assembly
> buildings, and all worldly needs are provided for...food, laundry,
> etc., and those people get paid literally pennies per hour.  And most
> of them are pretty happy with their situations, scarily enough.
>          -Dave
> --
> Dave McGuire           "She's a cheek pincher.  I have scars."
> St. Petersburg, FL                          -Gary Nichols
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