Actually, speaking of sharing ...

João Miguel Neves joao at
Wed Aug 13 23:13:43 UTC 2003

It's a stupid idea, for technical and long-term development reasons:

1) Anyone who has worked on a software in a real cenario knows that
long-term maintenance depend as much on clear-thought and documentation
than on anything else. This means that the language barrier would be bad
for our technology (*).

2) Long-term development is only possible throught the improvement of
areas, not through the migration of its people. Those migrations can
help (they did help in Portugal in the 50s and 60s by creating an income
and connecting us to Europe), but you need internal development as well.
IT has the ability to, with low costs, provide huge improvements in
developments, particularly in services and logistics. Taking the people
that are able to use technology just to serve as cheap labour makes it
costier for those countries to develop.

I believe in a program like the EU, where a core of members help others
to reach a standard and reap benefits after reaching that standard.

(*) I worked for 2 months on a OO system built by 3 different companies
(2 of them from India, 1 from USA) through 5 years. Very similar code
(the same methods in very similar objects) was done by different people,
with different language abilities. Most comments were worthless, the
documentation presented a mix of words from english, portuguese and
something else. Fortunately the architecture of the system was nice, so
I ended up understanding it enough to put it in a working state.

PS: I'm not unemployed and I like having more competition, it makes me
work better ;).

A Qua, 2003-08-13 às 19:22, Niall Douglas escreveu:
> I feel the below is a bad idea. Not because I've been unemployed for 
> more than a year now and more competition means that getting worse, 
> but because the rich west brain draining the third world of their 
> best and brightest is a particularly nasty form of exploitation.
> They should be able to stay in their own countries who paid for their 
> education and develop a competing industry and thus wealth generation 
> at home. Of course, world trade rules are heavily biased against them 
> doing that which is why illegal immigrants are flooding western 
> borders. Many thanks globalisation! :(

João Miguel Neves <joao at>
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