This is from a newsletter that I got in the mail from Experts-Exchange
An 85-year-old grandmother who bought the Grand Theft Auto-San Andreas video game (which was rated M for over-17-year-olds) for her 14-year-old grandson has sued the game’s manufacturer for “false, misleading and deceptive practices”, asking unspecified damages on behalf of herself and all consumers nationwide. The game was recently re-rated A-O (Adults Only) after hidden areas of the game were discovered to have (and we have to be careful here because the email blockers get us every time) “revealing” scenes. Next up: video games, music CDs and DVDs with little chips that announce what they’re rated in case you can’t see the big M on the package.
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
A few different articles on outsourcing (both domestic and offshore) from a few different sources today.
First off, we start with a segment on NPR’s Marketplace:
Marketplace.org (links to page – then click on audio-stream)
Essentially, the Japanese are in a conundrum. They need to do some reverse offshoring and actually import labor (600K immigrants) to take care of people and infrastructure (two jobs that can only be done in person). Problem is, their immigration policies aren’t exactly welcoming.
Along these same lines, the Dallas Morning News has an article on the jobs most and least vulnerable to outsourcing (hint: taking care of people and things ranks at the top).
Dallas Morning News (registration required)
Next, Steve Yastrow of the Tom Peters Company has a small entry about U.S. companies outsourcing right here in the U.S.
Finally, The McKinsey Quarterly has an article about when offshoring doesn’t make sense, and the reasons why foreign owned companies continue to have factories here (shorter supply chains always make sense).
McKinsey Quarterly (premium article, but you can get the abstract here)