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[5]: addendum
by Simba on Wed 21st Dec 2005 01:47 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: addendum"
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2005-10-08

On the Boston Holocaust Memorial, there is a famous quote by Martin Niemoeller:

"They came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up."

I can't help but have that quote come to mind when I think of what is happening to jobs in the United States. Everyone thinks it is a good thing to ship jobs overseas, as long as it means they can buy products cheaper... A good thing that is, until they are the ones losing their job because it got shipped overseas.

"I understand and sympathize whith those who are being displaced. Nobody likes to be "phased out", but it would extraordinarily foolish to sacrifice the viability and health of the whole economy to salvage one segment of it."

Except it is not just one segment. First it was low end factory jobs... No one cared because they were just unskilled labor... Then it was electronics manufacturing jobs... Again, no one cared, because they were just trade jobs that people could be trained to do very quickly. Then it was auto manufacturing. Again, no one cared, because those are still "just factory workers. Not my job. And my college degree protects me". Then it was airline mechanics.. Hmm.. Moving up into jobs that require at least an associates degree or technical eduction.. But again, a lot of people took the attitude "Well, it's not my job... and my four year college degree protects me." Now it is software engineers... And suddenly people are forced to realize that their college degree does not protect them anymore. And that even their master's degree education doesn't protect them from having their jobs shipped overseas.

I think people are turning a blind eye to a growing and serious problem in the United States, because basically they are taking the attitude of "It's not my job. Sure it is sad that those people lost their job because of cheaper stuff from overseas... But I'm going to buy the cheaper stuff from overseas anyway. After all, my graduate degree protects me against outsourcing. It's only blue collar work that is getting outsourced."

The outsourcing of software development has proven the fallacy of that argument. Even highly skilled, high education jobs that require graduate degrees are being outsourced.

The problem is that the United States is basically turning into a nation where there will be three kinds of jobs: Upper management (who makes the decision to outsource). A few highly skilled, highly educated jobs that simply can't be outsourced by their nature (doctors, nurses, etc.), and extremely low end unskilled labor that simply can't be outsourced (burger flippers, cashiers, etc).

Is that really what you want?

Edited 2005-12-21 02:03

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