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    Scandinavian Airlines fired their 200 ticket invoicing staff today, opening their new invoicing centre in Bombay.
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    I think I recall BT outsourcing their directory enqiuries service to India.

    Imagine that!

    Asking somebody in India who will not even know any city names etc.

    Still, all the money comes back anyhow, as India just ordered another 45 Hawk trainer jets today-worth 1bill. Small world.
    Such is life.

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    I saw UK directory enquiries had been privatised. There was a piece in Politiken, (daily paper), about it giving costs, and, (the point of the article), demonstrating how hard it is now to work out the best option, per call/per number/per minute/fixed prices charging, one number/two numbers/unlimited numbers per call etc. etc.

    The article finished with a note that the best deal they could find for UK directory enquiries was offered by a call centre in South Africa.
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    >>I saw UK directory enquiries had been privatised.

    Here Telstra has a free directory enquiries number. They just don't list it anywhere.

    They do list the one that costs.........


    I just saw an ad from a well known UK IT firm. Looks like they are outsourcing here.

    Seems a new study has found we work the longest hours in the world for low pay.

    "When given a choice between working harder or working smarter, it seems we'll choose the former every time. "

    http://www.crikey.com.au/business/2003/08/27-0005.html

    "To put that last figure into perspective, the Dutch are doing 14 weeks less work than us a year for the same income - 14 weeks! "
    "Man alone suffers so excruciatingly in the world that he was compelled to invent laughter."
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    "I spent a lot of my money on booze, birds and fast cars......the rest I squandered."
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    I think it is very sad that corporations are doing this sort of thing. Our economy is very bad, and these are the sorts of 'solutions' they often resort to compensate for the fact. Trade is one thing, but employment is quite another. The line has been crossed, though, and the free-for-all is already in motion - what's to stop it now? You know, my grandfather worked for a single company for almost 50 years. That just doesn't happen anymore!
    Code:
    #include <cmath>
    #include <complex>
    bool euler_flip(bool value)
    {
        return std::pow
        (
            std::complex<float>(std::exp(1.0)), 
            std::complex<float>(0, 1) 
            * std::complex<float>(std::atan(1.0)
            *(1 << (value + 2)))
        ).real() < 0;
    }

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