His “reality distorted field.” A ruthless, obsessive, perfectionist nature. A productive narcissist bordering on the psychopathic? All the hallmarks of the admired American business leader. The good, the bad and the ugly. The closed ecosystem which will likely permit Android to become the standard in consumer electronics, the personally motivated attacks on Adobe which showed the flair for questionable ego, and the whitewashing of the Foxconn factory which is a defacto politically correct forced labor camp complete with fires, poisonings and worker suicide. …
The FBI has released its full dossier on Steve Jobs.
Jobs, who passed away just last October after a prolonged battle with cancer, is best known for his role as Apple’s enigmatic co-founder. However, the FBI seems to have cast Jobs in a number of other roles, as well — some of them far from flattering.
The file … contains commentary on Jobs’ marijuana and LSD use, especially during the 1960s and 1970s, his ability to “distort reality,” and what the Bureau called his “questionable morality.” At least one interview stated that Jobs had “basically abandoned” his daughter and the girl’s mother, a onetime girlfriend of Jobs. Other sources testified that the tech visionary could be callous and shallow in his personal relationships….
…Other sources quoted in the file describe Jobs as being a man of honest character and integrity and as not having any bias or prejudice on racial or religious grounds. One source countered comments on Jobs’ past drug use by stating that Jobs had reformed to become extremely health-conscious, rarely even drinking alcohol.
On more neutral ground, many comments paint a portrait familiar to followers of Jobs’ life and career: A stubborn, strong-willed, driven, and hardworking man who was most content when he got what he wanted out of any given situation or person. Read More:http://venturebeat.com/2012/02/09/steve-jobs-fbi-file/
…In the last decade, Apple has become one of the mightiest, richest and most successful companies in the world, in part by mastering global manufacturing. Apple and its high-technology peers — as well as dozens of other American industries — have achieved a pace of innovation nearly unmatched in modern history….
…However, the workers assembling iPhones, iPads and other devices often labor in harsh conditions, according to employees inside those plants, worker advocates and documents published by companies themselves. Problems are as varied as onerous work environments and serious — sometimes deadly — safety problems.
Employees work excessive overtime, in some cases seven days a week, and live in crowded dorms. Some say they stand so long that their legs swell until they can hardly walk. Under-age workers have helped build Apple’s products, and the company’s suppliers have improperly disposed of hazardous waste and falsified records, according to company reports and advocacy groups that, within China, are often considered reliable, independent monitors….
…More troubling, the groups say, is some suppliers’ disregard for workers’ health. Two years ago, 137 workers at an Apple supplier in eastern China were injured after they were ordered to use a poisonous chemical to clean iPhone screens. Within seven months last year, two explosions at iPad factories, including in Chengdu, killed four people and injured 77. Before those blasts, Apple had been alerted to hazardous conditions inside the Chengdu plant, according to a Chinese group that published that warning. …Read More:http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/26/business/ieconomy-apples-ipad-and-the-human-costs-for-workers-in-china.html?pagewanted=all
…But the next year, a British newspaper, The Mail on Sunday, secretly visited a Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, China, where iPods were manufactured, and reported on workers’ long hours, push-ups meted out as punishment and crowded dorms. Executives in Cupertino were shocked. “Apple is filled with really good people who had no idea this was going on,” a former employee said. “We wanted it changed, immediately.”…
…Apple audited that factory, the company’s first such inspection, and ordered improvements. Executives also undertook a series of initiatives that included an annual audit report, first published in 2007. By last year, Apple had inspected 396 facilities — including the company’s direct suppliers, as well as many of those suppliers’ suppliers — one of the largest such programs within the electronics industry.
Those audits have found consistent violations of Apple’s code of conduct, according to summaries published by the company. In 2007, for instance, Apple conducted over three dozen audits, two-thirds of which indicated that employees regularly worked more than 60 hours a week. In addition, there were six “core violations,” the most serious kind, including hiring 15-year-olds as well as falsifying records. …
…In 2010, Steven P. Jobs discussed the company’s relationships with suppliers at an industry conference….
…“I actually think Apple does one of the best jobs of any companies in our industry, and maybe in any industry, of understanding the working conditions in our supply chain,” said Mr. Jobs, who was Apple’s chief executive at the time and who died last October.
“I mean, you go to this place, and, it’s a factory, but, my gosh, I mean, they’ve got restaurants and movie theaters and hospitals and swimming pools, and I mean, for a factory, it’s a pretty nice factory.” … Read More:http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/26/business/ieconomy-apples-ipad-and-the-human-costs-for-workers-in-china.html?pagewanted=all…