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!"
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.