Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Dec 2005 18:37 UTC, submitted by Robert Escue
IBM Unix isn't a flashy market. But what distinction there is has been going to Sun Microsystems lately, by making its Unix-based Solaris operating system available as open-source software. Last week, IBM moved to put its AIX Unix operating system back on everybody's radar by revealing plans to create a development center on its Austin, Texas, campus to speed up AIX development.
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RE[6]: One size fits all?
by Simba on Wed 21st Dec 2005 00:11 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: One size fits all?"
Simba
Member since:
2005-10-08

"It is good for the economy. Perhaps not good for individual software engineers in the US (or widget welders in the rust belt), but good for the economy as a whole."

It doesn't matter how cheap things are if people don't have jobs and can't afford to buy them. A good economy cannot survive skyrocketing unemployment.

And I can't agree with turning a highly skilled occupation (software engineer) into a commodity where the average starting pay is less than the average starting pay for an apprentice plumber.

Edited 2005-12-21 00:14

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RE[7]: One size fits all?
by cr8dle2grave on Wed 21st Dec 2005 00:21 in reply to "RE[6]: One size fits all?"
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2005-07-11

_And I can't agree with turning a highly skilled occupation (software engineer) into a commodity where the average starting pay is less than the average starting pay for an apprentice plumber._

Guess what? Nobody has any choice whatsoever in this. Comparative advantage (a basic economic principle) simply favors pushing many forms of software development to areas with significantly lower costs of living (given that there is a sufficient level of education to make it possible). The only other alternatives are protectionist tarif schemes, which history has shown to give rise to market distortions with highly unfavorable results. Not to mention that it would be almost impossible to impose import tarifs on software, given the the ease with which digital products are distributed.

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RE[8]: One size fits all?
by Simba on Wed 21st Dec 2005 00:27 in reply to "RE[7]: One size fits all?"
Simba Member since:
2005-10-08

"Guess what? Nobody has any choice whatsoever in this."

Yes, they do.

"he only other alternatives are protectionist tarif schemes"

Which is a perfectly legitimate and appropriate response to the fact that a lot of these services are being dumped into the U.S. market at artifically low costs--which by the way, is illegal for U.S. companies to do because it violates anti-trust laws. So the playing field is not even level. Foreign companies are allowed to sell products in the U.S. at much lower prices than U.S. companies could legally sell them for even if they wanted to.

"Not to mention that it would be almost impossible to impose import tarifs on software, given the the ease with which digital products are distributed."

We should be punishing companies that outsource their programming. Not rewrarding them for saving money like we currently do.

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