Look out, M$ is firing in the US and EU and hiring in Vietnam and India or anywhere else where employees can be had fora bag o' beans.
Google wants to sell us your sploits now?
Must be Loki's doing?
BillWG in his greed is trying to create a self fulfilling prophecy. Look at the state of CS at US universities. CS has gone from being a major pillar of many universities back to nothing but a math curiosity. Who would want to spend 60k on getting a degree so you could struggle against some foreign worker with made up credentials to be paid less then most executive assistants. If the politicians don't do anything about the visa abuse and rein in outsourcing you can kiss IT goodbye in the US.
The wages are substandard in conext with the cost of living in the US but not so much in India, Vietnam, China, etc.
Silly China Telecom, Cisco net boxen are made in the good ole PRC. Maybe China Telecom doesn't trust Cisco PRC boxen with back doors built in for free so why should anyone else.
If selling their PC business off could save it, that would be because it would finally release it from the string of aggressively stupid CEOs HP seems to get saddled with. Paying record bonuses or top of massive layoffs is no way to run a company.
To protect people form their privacy
Han shot first
So what will be the next teleporting hammerdin? I hated that about D2, players taking advantage of the system, Blizzard saying it's not a bug but a feature and then not doing anything about it. If anything was done about it it took the form of nerfing the ability making the class ability next to useless.
It and engineering pay has suffered badly because of outsourcing and visa abuse. According to Love to Know here: http://jobs.lovetoknow.com/Facts_and_Figures_on_Outsourcing It seems that if the Obama administration was to take job creation seriously and curb outsourcing of American jobs to cheap foreign contractor slavers it would save close to 1.5 million jobs for Americans. Most of those in IT are familiar by now with the visa abuse that takes place in the US. Many unscrupulous companies are playing games and pulling stunts to meet even the lax standards setup for foreign nationals to obtain work visas in the US. If the Obama administration were again to take job creation seriously then they could come up with almost 5 million US jobs by simply denying visas per the US State Department. http://www.travel.state.gov/pdf/FY09AnnualReport_TableXVII.pdf
If you stop to think about it what purpose does the Iraq and Afghanistan wars serve the US? It is not about "Democratization" as some have said as both countries have been allowed to reform under demagogues. Iraq could have been about oil but the PRC has most of the contracts. It could be about Billions to be made by insider contractions "servicing" the war.
It was more or less common knowledge that in China (as I'm sure it must be elsewhere) that if the military saw a technology it liked it would just take it. If anyone at the factory complained they became organ doners. If the IP owner complained they usually ran into delivery problems, workers strikes or were just kicked out. Think of Lucent's fiber optics fiasco and the observation that most Chinese domestic router manufacturers seem to use router code that looks suspiciously like IOS. It goes without saying that this also applied not just to things that were taken out of a factory but also to things that were brought in. If this were a real concern which it should be, then the different governments who should be concerned about it should implement a standard where this kind of thing is checked for and those clearing it bear a seal of some type. Considering the way the PRC is buying campaigns in the US I doubt it will happen here.
The problem with DRM is that the studios, syndicate and pipes got greedy. They tried to use DRM and the law to extend existing copyright rather than just enable existing protections.