[linux-elitists] Walmart $168.00 PC
Sun Jun 13 23:02:38 PDT 2004
In the immortal words of John S J Anderson <email@example.com>:
> Modus Operandi <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > It's difficult in this day and age not to contribute to evil
> > corporations. Most of the food you buy in the supermarket is
> > probably from a food producer that's owned by a tobacco company
> > that's owned by an arms manufacturer.
> Just because you can't _stop_ it, doesn't mean that you shouldn't
> try to _minimize_ it. Yes, electronics manufacturing has a heavy
> environmental footprint. That's completely orthogonal to the point
> at hand, which was somebody buying a computer at Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart,
> in addition to all the other nasty things it does, has an abhorrent
> labor record -- things like forced unpaid overtime and locking
> employees in the store after closing time. Lots and lots of places
> that are far less evil than Wal-Mart sell computers.
True. And I _do_ try to minimize my negative impact:
* I walk, bike or take public transportation instead of driving.
* I've never bought a new computer, preferring instead to refurbish
older hardware other folks are discarding, including this Celeron
(Coppermine) which /proc/cpuinfo rates at 902.066 MHz.
* I don't buy new clothes, with the notable exception of silkscreened
t-shirts that I habitually buy from cool bands.
* And I _don't_ shop at Wal-Mart, nor did I ever explicitly advocate
buying a computer from them. I'm just saying I think it's cool
that they are doing their part to spread the Free Software meme.
> BTW, the sigmonster came up with that all on its own. Pinky swear.
> "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison
> involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one."
> - "Godwin's Law of Nazi Analogies", Mike Godwin, EFF staff counsel.
More information about the linux-elitists