Readers respond: Offshoring, ageism and Apple vs. Google

Comments for the week of Jan. 31

How do IT news and reviews affect your life? Be you CIO or CTO, vendor or client, developer or helpdesk tech, we want your opinions and arguments on the latest Computerworld stories. Here are some comments that caught our eye this week:

In response to Offshoring blamed in part for IT's jobless recovery:

There's no way to stop offshoring because it's part of our government's foreign policy. We offshore jobs, give tax credits to businesses that offshore jobs, and the government gets a country dependent upon those offshore jobs to employ it's people, thus are more likely to do what our government wants them to do. It's economic blackmail, but it's very effective.


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In response to Senate's H-1B foes begin new attack:

This isn't really about immigrants versus locals. It's about welcoming people to our nation in a way that is mutually beneficial and doesn't breed resentment or separation of society. Immigration should be conducted in a way that both immigrant and locals have a chance to bond and become one, not in a way that pits one group against another in a game of economic survival ...

Don't kid yourself: the H-1B visa isn't about immigration and supporters of expanding the H-1B visa are really supporting a program that harms immigrants. The H-1B visa is an anti-immigrant program.

If you hate immigrants, hate American workers, and love corporate profits then support the H-1B.

R. Lawson

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In response to Recession hit older tech workers harder, labor data shows:

At 51, I've hit this wall, too. Ageism is pretty bad in the IT industry, and it doesn't matter if your tech skills are up to date and you know social networking. That will get you in the door. But when they see wrinkles, gray hair and other signs of age in a face-to-face interview, suddenly you "don't fit our cultural dynamics." ...

So my solution has been to direct my programming and Web development talents in another direction: Internet marketing. I've created over 500 Web sites in the past two years, promoting all sorts of goods and services via SEO and social media marketing. I've created my own software to help me do this.

So when Google and other young techies complain that the Internet is full of junk, well, just maybe their ageism in hiring played a role in this.


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In response to Security fail: When trusted IT people go bad:

Look at Bernie Madoff, Lee Lacocca (Chrysler CEO who after the government bailout still did nothing), and the many, many other "non-IT" rogues who screwed their customers and company. Where were the controls to catch them before they did Billions in damage? There has to be an element of trust for every position. Someone going rogue in any position can cause a lot of damage. It's certainly not exclusive to IT.

IT Guy

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In response to Opinion: Google beats Apple for reality distortion:

While your analysis of the overall market and the inherent advantage Apple has is probably correct, it may miss a major point, "What constitutes success for each vendor?" In the case of Apple, success is a sale of an iPhone or iPad, and subsequent sales of software or other products that make Apple money. In Google's case, Google claims that they want vendors to use Android to drive search traffic, and then advertising revenues instead of direct sales ... The real question may be whether Android can cover its own costs for Google or will Google subsidize it for the long term? Only time will tell.


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In response to Get Internet access when your government shuts it down:

Alas, every one of these technologies that can be used to allow the oppressed citizenry to battle against their oppressive government (a good thing) can also be used by the bad guys (mafia, terrorists, etc.) to support their pernicious and destructive activities. I don't know whether to laud or condemn the authors of this article. Their information very definitely defines the shape of a two-edged sword.

John in Missouri

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In response to Microsoft warns of new Windows zero-day bug:

I'm fully aware that some people have to use Windows for business. But to browse the net with it? What are they thinking?


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