Don’t Lose Your Marbles
For many years, the debate has raged between those who insist that cell phones cause things like breast cancer, brain tumors, and other
maladies such as damage to a man’s, oh, let’s say, high fructose corn
syrup. Most authorities on the subject assure us that cell phone radiation
energy levels are just too low to break chemical bonds in DNA, which is
the path to inducing mutations. Implausible is not the same thing as
impossible, so if you’re worried about the pant yabbies’ well-being, you
might consider the radiation-blocking boxers offered by Spartan
Underwear ( spartanunderwear.com).
Spartan says, “In order to effectively block the radiation emitted from
our wireless device, we had to develop a unique high-tech fabric. We did
this by incorporating pure silver fibers into our cotton weave, which
together act as an electromagnetic shielding, preventing radiation from
reaching your genitals.”
It’s not clear why they would use silver since its electrical conductivity
is only slightly better than copper (1.05 vs. 1.00), but maybe William
Devane has a hand in this underwear. In any event, you can pick up a pair
for only $44.90, plus $6.31 shipping. If you buy them in bulk, the price
drops to $340.61 for 10. They’re still pricey, so buy only what you need.
Don’t go nuts. ▲
March 2017 11
CIRCUITS and DEVICES Continued
■ Protect those conkles with
Spartan’s shielded boxers.
INDUSTRY and the PROFESSION
Foxconn Phasing Out Workers
Foxconn Technology Group (whose proper name is Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.) is famous as the contract
manufacturing entity that produces things like Blackberries,
iPads, iPhones, Nintendo games, Playstations, and Xbox One.
It is also well known for allegations of poor working
conditions for its million-plus workers. That appears to be a
temporary problem, as Foxconn ( www.foxconn.com) recently
revealed that it is in the process of deploying 10,000 new
internally-built “Foxbot” robots per year, on top of the 40,000
already at work.
The company already has 10 “lights out” (i.e., totally
automated) factories in operation, so this is not really a new
development. The good news, though, is that Foxconn is
looking into the possibility of moving assembly of some
Apple products to the USA, so at least American robots will
be in on the action. NV ■ A Foxbot robot skillfully handles a