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U.S. Software Engineer Outsourced Their Job To China

     
5:14 pm on Jan 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I wonder if the Chinese engineer subcontracted the work, too.

A security check on a US company has reportedly revealed one of its staff was outsourcing his work to China.

The software developer, in his 40s, is thought to have spent his workdays surfing the web, watching cat videos on YouTube and browsing Reddit and eBay.

He reportedly paid just a fifth of his six-figure salary to a company based in Shenyang to do his job.

Operator Verizon says the scam came to light after the US firm asked it for an audit, suspecting a security breach.

U.S. Software Engineer Outsourced Their Job To China [bbc.co.uk]
10:55 pm on Jan 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

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What's good for the corporation (firing thousands of staff and sending the work abroad) cannot be decried when the workers use the same methods.

Well played sir!

This is no "scam". It's business (though he could have been a bit more thoughtful about where it was outsourced to).
11:09 pm on Jan 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Promoting within the company ? :)

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12:51 am on Jan 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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this is so awesome.
6:19 am on Jan 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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As we speak, company lawyers are poring over those six-figure programmers' employment contracts* and discovering to their dismay that it never actually says outright that the work has to be physically done by the individual human signing the contract. It probably says "responsible for..."

:: inescapable analogy to "billable hours" here ::


* There have to be written contracts so they can enforce things like non-compete clauses, non-disclosure and so on.
11:36 am on Jan 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I would assume the bit about posting your secure credentials to another country would be instant dismissal.

But I guess that's like the whole Al Capone/Tax evasion thing.
4:05 pm on Jan 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I would assume the bit about posting your secure credentials to another country would be instant dismissal.


Yeah, that's why he got fired.

He should be rehired instantly by a company that outsources their programming. He obviously has a knack for finding good programmers at little cost.