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The Code Boat

Various blogs and news sites are reporting on SeaCode, which offers a new twist on offshoring ... three miles offshore, it seems. They're outfitting a used cruise ship to take 600 passengers who will be non-US citizens working on US software projects. If this had come out on 4/1, I would've thought it was an April Fool's joke, but it seems to be legit.

I don't know what to say ...


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Apr. 30th, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC)
I read about it in Forbes, and it sounds like a great way to get around employment legislation legally. I'm a programmer, but I was a laissez-faire capitalist first, so I like it.
Apr. 30th, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC)
I wonder if it's cost-effective. After all, it costs a lot of money to operate an ocean liner. Oil is expensive (and getting more so, over time). Add to that the costs of supporting the computing infrastructure (SANs, switches, servers, temperature control systems, etc.).

Anyway, this sort of thing, if it becomes popular, will give college students more reason not to major in computer science/engineering.
Apr. 30th, 2005 07:50 pm (UTC)
I cannot escape the image of programmers chained to their desks with their managers walking up and down the aisles whipping them with a cat o' nine tails and shouting code faster! Faster!
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