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7 items tagged “china”

China had about 99 percent of the 385,000 electric buses on the roads worldwide in 2017, accounting for 17 percent of the country’s entire fleet. Every five weeks, Chinese cities add 9,500 of the zero-emissions transporters—the equivalent of London’s entire working fleet

Jeremy Hodges # 25th April 2018, 7:19 am

National politics of snoopiness vs corporate ethic of not being evil aren’t directly compatible, and the solution here only works because (let’s face it) Tunisia is not a rising economic force. If you’re selling ads in China, you don’t get to pretend that the Great Firewall of China is a security issue.

Nat Torkington # 24th January 2011, 6:11 pm

We all know that there’s no fucking way in the world we should have microwave ovens and refrigerators and TV sets and everything else at the prices we’re paying for them. [...] You want to “fix things in China,” well, it’s gonna cost you. Because everything you own, it’s all done on the backs of millions of poor people whose lives are so awful you can’t even begin to imagine them, people who will do anything to get a life that is a tiny bit better than the shitty one they were born into, people who get exploited and treated like shit and, in the worst of all cases, pay with their lives.

Fake Steve Jobs # 22nd July 2009, 12:23 pm

Around the world and back again. Flickr are using data from OpenStreetMap to provide street-level detail of Beijing for the Olympics. # 13th August 2008, 11:05 pm

Made in China. Bunnie Huang’s fascinating series on manufacturing in China, based on his experience with Chumby. # 17th July 2007, 11:48 am

I heard that Foxconn—the place that makes the iPods and iPhones—consumes 3,000 pigs a day.

Bunnie Huang # 14th July 2007, 12:59 pm

It’s easier for our software to compete with Linux when there’s piracy than when there’s not. Are you kidding? You can get the real thing, and you get the same price.

Bill Gates # 11th July 2007, 3:09 pm