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Monday, September 24, 2021

Yes, it’s all come full circle as outsourcing tech firms in India, seeing local labor costs rise, are themselves offshoring their operations to other countries.

And no, it’s not exclusively — nor even markedly — to places even lower on the socio-economic rung than the Subcontinent used to be:

In a poetic reflection of outsourcing’s new face, Wipro’s chairman, Azim Premji, told Wall Street analysts this year that he was considering hubs in Idaho and Virginia, in addition to Georgia, to take advantage of American “states which are less developed.” (India’s per capita income is less than $1,000 a year.)

For its part, Infosys is building a whole archipelago of back offices — in Mexico, the Czech Republic, Thailand and China, as well as low-cost regions of the United States.

This illustrates how the global economic infrastructure is such that the labor market can, indeed, be flattened to the point where everyone is competing against everyone for knowledge-based work. It neatly cleaves across international measures of living standards, to the point where such designations may not even matter in the near future.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/24/2007 11:48:30 PM
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I think the above headline is a fair alternative to Analog Pussy, the name of a German-Israeli techno-dance group. Either way, it grabs your attention.

As for their music? I’m not sure it grabs your attention. It’s alright for psycho-trance grooving, but nothing I’ve heard on their free downloads collection really stands out. I can only imagine experiencing it while high on ecstasy enhances it — but that seems like a lot of bother.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/24/2007 06:16:31 PM
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In recognition of this weekend’s death of mime master Marcel Marceau, I wanted to link back to this old post on The Mimulator.

Unfortunately, both links in that year-old post seem to have rotted away. Only because I happen to like the wit I imparted back then, I’m going to reproduce here, updated with good linkage:

Experience the silent struggle that is The Mimulator.

Because inside the glass box, no one can hear you not scream.

Forgive me, Bip!

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/24/2007 08:51:58 AM
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