Slashdot should be held responsible for idiotic comments on its pages. Oh, and 3rd post!
welcome the precursors to our new overlords.
..ought to be enough for everybody.
2012. Yes sir! That's when the really big attack is gonna be.
Useless 300Mb worth of sh*t because it cannot authenticate my google id (I am behind a proxy). Why do I have to be connected to the internet to have a peek at the OS?
It appears to me that most posters are falling prey to one of these two fallacies:
a) Moving jobs out of US is bad for the US economy. This is false because of two major reasons. First, when Indians spend their new salaries, they do it mainly on electronics and cars, and guess who owns a majority of these companies -- the First World nations. A significant amount of the money is coming back to the developed nations.
b) A jobless American worker cannot contribute to the US economy. That is partly true and that too in the very short term. It will be interesting to check what happened when most of the manufacturing was moved to China, Taiwan and Korea. The dollars involved there were much more than those in outsourcing, after correcting for inflation ofcourse. Seems to me that the US survived that phenomenon alright. Free market dictates that if others do not want your goods or skills, then you have to evolve and invent. Americans have been the pioneer in this, so I do not know what the hue and cry is all about. The Indian government, on the other hand, generally is much more conservative and highly averse to change and evolution. The poo will really hit the fan in India when the outsourcing is itself re-outsourced to places like Phillipines and Vietnam. It is already happening.
I say this with much conviction because I am an Indian myself and have had quite a few contacts in the contact-center industry over the course of 2-3 years.
America will ride this storm like it has before. The timing of all this with the Iraq thing and the oil prices make this appear much worse than it actually is.
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