[News] [Rival] Microsoft Lobbies for Cheaper Labour, Uses Excuses

[News] [Rival] Microsoft Lobbies for Cheaper Labour, Uses Excuses

Post by Roy Schest » Thu, 13 Mar 2008 22:35:33


or: "what's good for Microsoft is bad for America" (after all)]

Bill on Capitol Hill: Gates Wants Visas

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| Congress has heard the requests before, especially about increasing the cap
| on H1-B visas, which are granted to skilled foreign professionals. While a
| Microsoft spokesman said there's been a "real effort" by Congress and the
| Bush administration to move the ball forward on broad immigration reform,
| they have failed.
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http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/080311/bill_gates_congress.html?.v=1

The education bit is BS. See references below. It's like "innovation" for
software patent bills and "evil pirates" for DMCA.

Gates to speak to Congress

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| Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corp., is expected to address the U.S.
| House Science and Technology Committee in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.
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http://seattle.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2008/03/10/daily13.html?ana=yfcpc

Guess Who's Getting the Most Work Visas

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| Microsoft (MSFT) and Intel (INTC) are the only two traditional U.S. tech
| companies among the top 10. Microsoft received 959 visa petition approvals,
| or one fifth as many as Infosys, while Intel got 369.
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http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/08_11/b4075062465238.htm?campaign_id=yhoo

Cheap labour makes poor software whose flaws everybody is paying for (while
companies like Microsoft save money), so they merely pass the burden.


Related:

Study: There Is No Shortage of U.S. Engineers

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| ...a new study from Duke University calls this argument bunk, stating
| that there is no shortage of engineers in the United States, and
| that offshoring is all about cost savings.
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http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,2111347,00.asp


Is There a Shortage of U.S. Tech Workers?

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| Speaking before a Senate committee earlier this month, Gates said
| that America is facing a critical shortage of tech workers. He
| recommended boosting the number of H-1B visas to allow more foreign
| tech workers into the U.S.
|
| [...]
|
| "I think that has created an environment where the population of advanced
| skill workers has shrunk a lot in the U.S., because we just haven't created
| a fair system," he says. "Where if you go to other countries, you'll find
| national policy around broadband deployment, which creates a much more even
| playing field for people of all income levels to learn by and work by."
|
| "We did it to ourselves," he says.
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http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/career/article.php/3667376


Microsoft Sending All XP and Vista Tech Support Calls To India?

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| Microsoft is sending ALL of its XP and Vista tech support calls to India
| starting March 29th, according to a call center insider
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http://www.consumerist.com/consumer/microsoft/microsoft-sending-all-xp-and-vista-tech-support-calls-to-india-245048.php


"Dear Microsoft": An open letter to Microsoft regarding the outsourcing of
jobs.

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| Don't get it twisted: I don't have a problem with you outsourcing
| jobs to people that will work for next-to-nothing. It's just
| getting a bit out of hand, don't you think? I mean, there's no
| point trying to fool me.
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http://www.lastnameball.com/RantsandTirades/Pages/DearMicrosoft.html


http://airpost.org/microsoft.jpg


Bill Gates to address Senate panel

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| Micr