Would someone knowledgable explain the reasoning behind this? I know Africa has more than its share of scammers, but why couldn't a merchant simply set rules requiring the funds to clear, a minimum amount of time between the purchase date and ship date, etc.? Why is an outright ban needed?
You might be able to make the case that Indians work hard, but are they actually productive. I read one anecdote after another about terrible performance from Indian web designers, programmers, call center workers, etc.
I am very reluctant to believe that Indians are somehow inherently "better workers" than Americans.
Or maybe that's because it's a worthwhile and viable policy objective.
Pardon me for being skeptical, but could you provide a source for that claim?
That's a pretty bold claim you're making. Let's have a look at some actual numbers, shall we?
This chart indicates that not only are we keeping up with Moore's law, for the past 2-3 years we've actually moved ahead of where we'd expect to be. And the graph doesn't even include AMD's R800 graphics chips, which have even higher transistor densities than RV770/GT200.