Hey, thanks Steve

7 10 2011

I was very sad to read of Steve Job’s passing. His brand of magic has made my life more accessible. I can hear clearly on my iPhone 4 which has a T4/M4 rating – great for listening clarity. I’ve got lots of great applications on my phone which help me in so many ways – talking books, iPod, radio, keeping me in touch with blogging, RSS feeds, Twitter and Skype. I can get my remote captions on it too, for conference calls and meetings. I can’t carry an ordinary laptop around, it’s too heavy and stresses my spine after a few minutes carrying it, so his MacBook Air saves the day. Saves me from a lot of doctor visits too. My little iPod gives me a lot of opportunities to listen to music and talking books, and gives me more opportunities to learn to listen and improve my cochlear hearing.

This article by Tim Carmody touched me …. I hope Steve Jobs knew how much of a difference he  made to people’s lives. He pushed the disability envelope and helped other people to see that there are possibilities and different, and better, ways of doing things.

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7 10 2011
Dan Schwartz, Editor, The Hearing Blog

EXCUSE ME?! What planet are you on?! Judging by his treatment of us in the hearing impaired community both at Pixar as well as Apple, Steve Jobs LOATHED us. Let me count the ways:

• Poor iPhone hearing aid compatibility (HAC), leading to a record fine from the FCC;
• No captions on Apple tutorial videos, which is deadly for we hearing impaired, because they stopped shipping product manuals with their Macs;
• Much of the iTunes video content is not captioned, with no indication whether it is or not until you buy it, with no refunds;
• Restraint-of-trade (called “tortuous interference” in the UK) by Apple against AT&T — Which has over a century of deaf friendliness (think AG Bell) — of Apple NOT allowing AT&T to offer reduced rate data-only services to the hearing impaired — Which is available on EVERY other mobile they sell;
• Deceptive advertising of “FaceTime” on the iPhone 4 launch, showing a Deaf couple signing to each other, without the disclaimer that it only worked for WiFi connections, not over 4G, prompting complaints not only to the FCC but also the Federal Trade Commission and to the network broadcast companies’ Standards & Practices departments;
• The release to DVD of UP! by Pixar Studios with the captions removed, packaged in improperly labeled boxes with the CC logo, & distributed by Blockbuster, NetFlix & others; and when this was discovered,NOT recalling the mis-branded products. This was both disappointing and bitterly ironic, because one of the characters is based on Spencer Tracys’ deaf son John, namesake for the world-renown John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles.

There are other reasons why I detest Steve Jobs that go back to his return to Apple in January 1996, and prior to that with his intellectual property theft at NeXT in the early 1990’s; but that is unrelated to his loathing of us in the hearing impaired community~

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7 10 2011
Я.

So Steve personally loathes the deaf community? That’s sort of far-fetched, Dan.

Besides, have you checked the M/T ratings of the iPhone lately? I don’t think you did. M4/T4 for the iPhone. Go look it up.

I’m a hard-core Android fanatic and Android isn’t much when it comes to the deafies. Though the M/T ratings on the Motorola devices are quite good. No comments about the rest.

As for captioning, honestly..what company is captioning it’s tutorials? Those that caption their tutorials amount to nothing, and if you’re going to mention Google, that would really crack me up. Google’s half-assed attempts at captioning is a complete fail. Captioning as a whole in the United States is sadly lacking, not to mention the rest of the world.

Anyway, Steve Jobs did a great job with the company itself. NeXT intellectual theft or no, Apple redefined the market of personal computers.

Oh, I wrote this using my Galaxy Tab. No M/T rating on this, but I love it.

8 10 2011
Andy

The truth is that Mr Jobs was extremely egotistical and would often terrorise his employees. I think it is fair to say that there was a climate of fear at the top of Apple when Jobs was there.
It was not unknown for Jobs to get into a lift with someone and so bully them that when the lift stopped the person no longer had employment with Apple.
When Young and Simon wrote a warts and all biography of Jobs (iCon) he did his best to have it suppressed, without success. I have a copy here.
So just because he is dead doesn’t mean he’s suddenly become a saint.

8 10 2011
Robert MacPherson

iPhone HAC ratings are model and network-dependent:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4526

10 10 2011
Dan Schwartz, Editor, The Hearing Blog

Gawker Magazine:
What Everyone Is Too Polite to Say About Steve Jobs

In the days after Steve Jobs’ death, friends and colleagues have, in customary fashion, been sharing their fondest memories of the Apple co-founder… But a great man’s reputation can withstand a full accounting. And, truth be told, Jobs could be terrible to people, and his impact on the world was not uniformly positive…
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One thing he wasn’t, though, was perfect. Indeed there were things Jobs did while at Apple that were deeply disturbing. Rude, dismissive, hostile, spiteful: Apple employees—the ones not bound by confidentiality agreements—have had a different story to tell over the years about Jobs and the bullying, manipulation and fear that followed him around Apple. Jobs contributed to global problems, too. Apple’s success has been built literally on the backs of Chinese workers, many of them children and all of them enduring long shifts and the specter of brutal penalties for mistakes. And, for all his talk of enabling individual expression, Jobs imposed paranoid rules that centralized control of who could say what on his devices and in his company.

Censorship and Authoritarianism The internet allowed people around the world to express themselves more freely and more easily. With the App Store, Apple reversed that progress. The iPhone and iPad constitute the most popular platform for handheld computerizing in America, key venues for media and software. But to put anything on the devices, you need Apple’s permission. And the company wields its power aggressively. In the name of protecting children from the evils of erotica — “freedom from porn” — and adults from one another, Jobs has banned from being installed on his devices gay art, gay travel guides, political cartoons, sexy pictures, Congressional candidate pamphlets, political caricature, Vogue fashion spreads, systems invented by the opposition, and other things considered morally suspect. Apple’s devices have connected us to a world of information. But they don’t permit a full expression of ideas. Indeed, the people Apple supposedly serves — “the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers” — have been particularly put out by Jobs’ lockdown. That America’s most admired company has followed such an un-American path, and imposed centralized restrictions typical of the companies it once mocked, is deeply disturbing. But then Jobs never seemed comfortable with the idea of fully empowered workers or a truly free press. Inside Apple, there is a culture of fear and control around communication; Apple’s “Worldwide Loyalty Team” specializes in hunting down leakers, confiscating mobile phones and searching computers. Apple applies coercive tactics to the press, as well. Its first response to stories it doesn’t like is typically manipulation and badgering, for example, threatening to withhold access to events and executives. Next, it might leak a contradictory story.

More after the jump…

10 10 2011
Dan Schwartz, Editor, The Hearing Blog

More disturbing information from What Everyone Is Too Polite to Say About Steve Jobs in Gawker Magazine:

Sweatshops, Child Labor and Human Rights Apple’s factories in China have regularly employed young teenagers and people below the legal work age of 16, made people work grueling hours, and have tried to cover all this up. That’s according to Apple’s own 2010 report about its factories in China. In 2011, Apple reported that its child labor problem had worsened.

In 2010, the Daily Mail managed to get a reporter inside a facility in China that manufactures products for Apple and the paper shared a bit about what life is like:

With the complex at peak production, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week to meet the global demand for Apple phones and computers, a typical day begins with the Chinese national anthem being played over loudspeakers, with the words: ‘Arise, arise, arise, millions of hearts with one mind.’

As part of this Orwellian control, the public address system constantly relays propaganda, such as how many products have been made; how a new basketball court has been built for the workers; and why workers should ‘value efficiency every minute, every second’.

With other company slogans painted on workshop walls – including exhortations to ‘achieve goals unless the sun no longer rises’ and to ‘gather all of the elite and Foxconn will get stronger and stronger’ – the employees work up to 15-hour shifts.

Down narrow, prison-like corridors, they sleep in cramped rooms in triple-decked bunk beds to save space, with simple bamboo mats for mattresses.

Despite summer temperatures hitting 35 degrees, with 90 per cent humidity, there is no air-conditioning. Workers say some dormitories house more than 40 people and are infested with ants and cockroaches, with the noise and stench making it difficult to sleep.

A company can be judged by how it treats its lowliest workers. It sets an example for the rest of the company or in Apple’s case, the world.

10 10 2011
Я.

Seriously, who ISN’T using child labor or slave labor or whatever you want to call it these days? Do you wear Nikes, Reeboks, Adidas, etc? Kids are stitching those shoes for you. You own an iPod? Oops.

Got an Intel computer, rather..ANY computer? Yep, kids made some of those components too.

My Samsung Nexus S was proudly built by underpaid, underfed workers too. Come to think of it, the clothes on our backs, the beds we sleep on heck even the food we’re eating…OMG!

Tasteless as it may sound, it’s not [insert corp’s name here] responsibility to babysit their sub-sub-sub-contractors (yes that many subs there) and make sure working conditions are ideal. It’s the government’s responsibility.

The subject of China’s bad track record in working conditions is old. The U.S. can’t live without the Asians, this is what world trade is about.

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” – Winston Churchill

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