Sadly tech these tech pushes in Africa inevitably end with scams, fraud and various other forms of internet crime. Although cheap hardware allowed countries such as India to rise to the top of the software tech world, Africa has notoriously high levels of crime.
IT is a cost center. We IT people correctly see it as a "strategic cost center" but most CEOs and accounting/finance folks see it as a generic cost center. The age old quest of the finance/accounting people is to reduce cost centers. You need to articulate to your boss the micro-economic factors of how overall costs are actually increased by skimping on IT spending. Identify specific instances as a case study. Also point out how near term projects will save near term costs. Assume the CEO will be obtuse no matter what you say. The popular CEO counter nowadays is people just need to "multitask" more. However multitasking is never a solution and always decreases productivity (it is "specialization of labor" which increases productivity).
I don't think this is a "white" issue. The USA has ~20% people of African descent. In fact, if you separate out just the whites of northern Euro descent then it'd be at the same historical levels. Fact is the poorer demographics have increased which pulls down averages. I also doubt whites ever took dominance for granted relative to east Asians. Asians were broadly admired by whites for exceptionally high intelligence in the media as far back as the 1930s with the Charley Chan detective series.
You cannot pick-and-choose cities like Shanghai, Hong Kong or Singapore the put them against an entire country like USA. That is categorically absurd and looks the the results are being rigged to make a point instead of statistical validity. Instead compare Shanghai to say Boston.
It is an indicator of a shift off the first position.
A number of things: First, you may have "exponentially" more conversations because your initial conversations are poor. Not only check if the person understands what you said but also anticipate their next questions. Second, things you might feel are obvious in your mind but not in the minds of others. Insure others understand the full and surrounding context of what your saying. Third, different people comprehend differently. Unfortunately you may need to have a variety of communication forms for different people. Fourth, communicate visually when possible since most people are visual learners. Learn to do simple diagrams using Paint to convey points in synopsis form (Visio tends to be to detailed). Fifth, learn to sing. If you're accent is a problem then singing popular songs helps your elocution. Sixth, be involved in group activities outside of work. People in sports, drama or music groups have better skills since they're around people more. Seventh, it is a problem you may never solve. Tech skills can be learned quickly but communication skills take a lifetime. Byte Magazine used to hire English college majors as writers since it was easier to teach writers tech skills than tech people writing skills. Worse yet, you may be open to outsourcing since Asia is full of billions of great math/tech folks who are one dimensional and cannot communicate.
You're correct doing it out-of-the-garage is not realistic for big software projects (unless you have a telecommunication center in the garage). But unless you have all programmers who have great communication skills and work together in a high quality framework (such as BMW) then the incremental benefit of adding people beyond 5 or 6 coders is diminished by the combinatorial overhead of communicating/coordinating. Better to add more business analysts to get the requirements right.
This proves the old adage that no more programmers should be involved on a project than you can fit into a VW Bug with pizza and beer.
It is such a sham they even call it the "music industry". The amount of assets in the form of recording studios and distribution is relatively quite small. What's big is the number of office buildings housing lawyers. If you ever drive around the West Hollywood or Beverley Hills area you'll see big office buildings full of lawyers. That's what the "industry" is...
Btw, apologies everyone from shifting the subject away from Healthcare.gov. It just that WWII is just such a great subject when it come to the consequences of mixing politicians with sci/tech...
You're right about the pre-1943 campaign choices Hitler made. Splitting of forces and then fixating on Stalingrad, even as his generals pleaded to retreat, was his most spectacular campaign blunder. But he did interfere with the Battle of Kursk in 1943 when Manstein wanted to hold the Donetz bain. Also, he meddled in other ways, especially in development projects. He wanted the ME 262 to be a Schnellbomber attack aircraft, which delayed the project. He used the V2 overwhelmingly against England when he should have used against various targets (i.e. Russia). He had a bizarre fixation on a giant tanks and massive artillery pieces, which diverted resources.
I work at a major bank. This sort of non-sense has peaked in recent years at big organizations. One would have thought the business side would have become more IT savvy in the past couple of decades. Instead, they still think a magic wand can be waved in the USA or India which will cause a computer system to emerge. Perhaps the business side users are peddled such fantasy by Infosys, Tata, EDS, CGI, CSC, etc. But more likely it's business users who refuse to work collaboratively with IT. They think because they got a bunch of low cost Indian or American programmers, usually with one dimensional skills sets, whacking away at the keyboard that a quality system will emerge. Instead, they get crap. It's like a parade ground crowed with marchers who have no coordinated direction. There's no orchestration, no appreciation for logistics, and not sense of engineering. If an engineer tells the business side something cannot get done, then they replace the engineer with someone who'll tell what they want to hear. The best analogy is Hitler working with his generals in WWII. He thought flags on the battle maps could be moved around like a paste-it board, not concept of logistics. And when a general told Hitler his plans were imbecilic, then the general was shot. Thankfully for humanity Hitler's idiocy destroyed the Third Reich. What else will the business users destroy?
Err, if you can read, imbecile, you can see I've listed other countries besides China, including other democracies. Just face it. Snowden is a BORING loser who revealed nothing new or important.
Revealing the NSA/CIA spies on everyone was no more interesting than knowing the MSS, FSB, Mossad, or BND does the exact same thing. The fact that the NSA was monitoring the same data as Chinese Unit 61398 regularly does was a surprise to no one. If you're anyone who uses modern digital communication then assume you've on a party line with numerous countries listening in. Why narcissistic Snowden thinks he should get clemency, for revealing something any intelligent person knows happens anyways, is baffling.
The Obamacare website fiasco should be featured on the next episode of Modern Marvel's "Engineering Disasters" on the History Channel.