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IT Hall Of Shame, Part 2

Welcome back to our rogue's gallery of computer industry flops, frauds and foibles. In this installment, we're pleased to present ten more exhibits, from Y2K to the Pentium Bug, that prove the best laid plans of mice and men don't just go awry -- they lead straight to the IT Hall of Shame.
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It's one thing for a private-sector business to outsource work to low-cost countries like India and China to save a buck. After all, companies like IBM and Microsoft are supposed to make profits and deliver juicy shareholder returns. But should the U.S. government be spending taxpayer dollars to help overseas outsourcers lure work from American shores? Based on reader feedback to our exclusive report that USAID ponied up $10 million to boost outsourcers in Sri Lanka, the answer is a resounding, "No!"

Further reading: IT Hall Of Shame, Part 1

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