EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

06.24.09

Microsoft Betrays American Workers and Rewards Irish Workers for Tax Haven

Posted in America, Deception, Europe, Finance, Microsoft at 6:22 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Irish flag

Summary: Microsoft discriminates against Americans who work in the United States, their home country

Microsoft’s abolishment of American employees goes back to the company's affairs with Abramoff, who is now in prison. It never really ended. Steve Ballmer blackmailed Obama earlier this month in order to justify reduction in expenses, which comes at the expense of the American worker. Microsoft already moves it workforce abroad to "cheaper" pools of workforce. Now it gets even worse, even domestically.

Bill gives in-state tuition to foreign professionals, families in Washington on visa

[...]

The measure passed amid a roiling budget crisis and hundreds of millions of dollars in cutbacks to higher education. It was nicknamed the “Microsoft subsidy bill” by some lawmakers who say the software giant and its workers surely could afford to pay the higher tuition rates.

The Seattle Times has welcomed no less than 506 comments. People are outraged. To quote just the latest comment, “As a laid off Microsoft employee displaced by guest workers, I am outraged that the State of Washington legislature could pass special interest legislation that only benefits Microsoft and their guest workers’ families.”

The pro-Microsoft blog at the Seattle P-I mentioned this article too and the responses are similar.

Will in Seattle writes: “So if my brother, an American citizen by birth, moves here from Cali he has to wait three years for him and his daughters to get in-state tuition – but an H1-B visa holder from India gets in-state tuition in one year?

“Sorry, that is just plain WRONG.”

A reply says: “Will, the whole H-1B program is wrong. This is just the latest wrinkle.”

“Some time ago we showed that Microsoft was actually hiring in Ireland.”Anonymous commenter adds: “I say down with Microsoft. They are the real evil empire. They produce poor software, have bloated management and since they can’t compete with real companies, they have to hope for hand outs from taxpayers to pay for college tuition for people who will be replacing our citizens with cheaper labor. I thought the Banks were bad but Microsoft takes the cake. They already take advantage of tax loopholes to hide tax revenue overseas and they expect people in the state of Washington to kiss their butts. I don’t see Google, Boeing, or Paccar benefiting anywhere what Microsoft is getting.”

Some time ago we showed that Microsoft was actually hiring in Ireland (amid worldwide layoffs). Microsoft enjoys a special relationship with Ireland because that’s where its massive tax evasion takes place (or gets centralised). Microsoft says that “Ireland is ICT laggard” in the following new article, on which our reader remarks: “When you are in a ICT tax evasion paradise, you want it to become an ICT public investment paradise too.”

To quote a few fragments from this article:

Despite the large technology industry assembled here, Rellis says it is regrettable that Ireland is lagging behind on a range of fronts, from broadband to the use of ICT in education. “We have looked at Ireland and every other country in Europe in terms of technology and Ireland is a laggard. Now, I could be upset about that and say this is an awful criticism of the country but the power of being a laggard is that you can leapfrog over all the other countries if you have a digital strategy.”

[...]

Microsoft, in particular, has been active through its Bizspark programme, which equips tech start-ups with the latest technologies and licen-ses its IP to them. An example of the latter is Dublin comp-any Inistech, which, through the Microsoft IP Ventures Programme and Enterprise Ireland, has relaunched Microsoft’s Software Licensing and Protection (SLP) Services.

For the reality behind BizSpark, see:

We also remarked on the Licensing and Protection move about a week ago [1, 2]. Software patents could be part of it and speaking of which, Irishman Charlie McCreevy, a promoter of software patents in Europe [1, 2, 3] is likely to be replaced by another pro-Microsoft guy, according to the FFII. We wrote about it a fortnight ago.

“Geeks like to think that they can ignore politics, you can leave politics alone, but politics won’t leave you alone.”

Richard Stallman

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

2 Comments

  1. David "Lefty" Schlesinger said,

    June 24, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Gravatar

    Roy, this is simply nuts. Are you laboring under the incredible misapprehension that this situation is unique to Microsoft in any way at all? Apple, to give just one example, has extensive QA facilities in Ireland for the same reasons: Ireland offers substantial tax benefits to companies, particularly technology companies, who build facilities there.

    Moreover, global organizations shift hiring to other geographies all the time. Maybe you’d prefer that “American companies” like Apple, etc. hire no one in, say, the UK, but i’m not sure that your gainfully employed compatriots would agree…

  2. aeshna23 said,

    June 24, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Gravatar

    This type of issue just outrages me. Some people on the left wing of the Democratic Party actually think it is a good idea to provide health care to illegal immigrants if Obama gets his health care plan passed. And the United States is already tremendously in debt! I’m sure the same people are fine with this Microsoft subsidy. It’s never occurred to these people that taxpayers have to pay for government handouts.

What Else is New


  1. Video: LinuxWorld 1999, Torvalds and Stallman

    LinuxWorld 1999, Torvalds and Stallman



  2. GNU World Order is a Personal Sacrifice, LinuxWorld Just Business

    As the Linux Foundation shows, Linux is just business (and proprietary software) as usual, software patents included, whereas it’s GNU that continues the Free Software Movement’s battles



  3. Links 20/2/2020: Oracle Solaris 11.4 SRU18, Mesa 20, VirtualBox 6.1.4

    Links for the day



  4. Open Source Did Not Win, It Was Assimilated to and by Proprietary Software

    Don’t fall for the whole “Open Source has won!” spiel; You know we’ve lost the battle (and were in effect gradually conquered) at OSI and elsewhere when those who speak for the OSI are Michael Cheng (Facebook), Max Sills (Google), and Chris Aniszczyk (Linux Foundation); they say “Open Source Under Attack” (FOSDEM talk) but their employers are the ones attacking and they downplay openwashing



  5. Former Microsoft Employees Don't Like Talking About Past and Present Microsoft Back Doors (Designed for Spy Agencies)

    In a typical Microsoftian fashion, once they cannot defend the illusion/delusion that Microsoft values security the 'Softers' run away and block any further debate



  6. Techrights Warns Against Impending Extradition Efforts (Passage of Julian Assange to His Death in the United States)

    Imprisonment of journalists who are effective at exposing crimes (of the powerful, not petty crimes) must never be condoned



  7. Team UPC: Many Mouths and No Ears

    The mental condition of Team UPC gets more worrisome by the week



  8. Team UPC Insults Judges Because the UPC is Dead and UPC Lobbyists Have Nothing Left to Lose

    More judge-shaming tactics are in the mix; Team UPC seems to feel like there's nothing left to lose as the UPC is already dead (hope itself is next to die)



  9. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

    IRC logs for Wednesday, February 19, 2020



  10. China Bashing is Grounded in Fear (That They Can Simply Do Better Than the West)

    The atmosphere of hate towards China — fuelled partly by a white supremacist in the White House — is unhelpful and insulting; dignity and understanding is the way to go



  11. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, February 18, 2020

    IRC logs for Tuesday, February 18, 2020



  12. FFII Press Release: Germany Can No Longer Ratify the Unitary Patent Due to Brexit and the Established AETR Case-law, says FFII

    Germany cannot ratify the current Unitary Patent due to Brexit and the established AETR case-law. The ratification of the UPC (Unified Patent Court) by Germany would constitute a violation of the AETR case-law, which was used during the EPLA negotiations in 2006 to consider a deal with non-EU countries, such as Switzerland.



  13. DRM (Proprietary Software) Already Makes Mozilla Firefox Broken, Unreliable, Undependable (Dependent on Binary Blobs)

    More people are beginning to realise that Mozilla resorted to self-harming DRM and self-inflicted damage that impacts Firefox; can Mozilla (re)join the anti-DRM coalitions?



  14. EPO and Other Patent Updates Over RSS

    Site syndication (over RSS feeds or XML/Atom) is vastly better than what became popular in recent years (censored, centralised, discriminatory "Social Control Media"); here are some feeds of interest



  15. When It Comes to a Unitary Patent System, Bad (or Intentionally Dishonest) Legal Advice Has Become the Norm

    The Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent (UPC and UP, respectively) reinforce the old saying about lawyers being liars, doing anything to attract clients (to take their money); the UPC is basically dead, but fiction, falsehoods and outrageous fantasies still find their way into Web sites of law firms



  16. Links 19/2/2020: KDE Plasma 5.18.1, GNOME 3.36 Beta 2 and WordPress 5.4 Beta 2

    Links for the day



  17. Is Linux Foundation a Microsoft Branch Now?

    The so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation (LF) nowadays helps Microsoft cement its monopoly — the very opposite of what ages ago it said the LF would do



  18. Are Songs Property? And Maths Also Property? Artificial Monopolies Are Not Property...

    Patent maximalists continue to face stronger arguments from their sceptics, who rightly allege that words are being intentionally misused and numbers fabricated so as to distort underlying facts



  19. Battistelli Blocked Techrights at EPO (Banned for More Than 5 Years), So CEIPI Won't Respect Access to Information Either

    The use of censorship to confront people who talk about (not even expose) corruption isn't novel; but the adoption of this approach in Europe (not just places like Russia and China) is definitely noteworthy



  20. IRC Proceedings: Monday, February 17, 2020

    IRC logs for Monday, February 17, 2020



  21. Links 18/2/2020: Linux 5.6 RC2, Wine 5.2, GNU Social Contract and Sparky 2020.02 Special Editions

    Links for the day



  22. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, February 16, 2020

    IRC logs for Sunday, February 16, 2020



  23. Links 16/2/2020: MX Linux 19.1 and MyPaint 2.0

    Links for the day



  24. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, February 15, 2020

    IRC logs for Saturday, February 15, 2020



  25. Guest Article: Au Revoir, GNU/Linux

    "Funny how OSI just ended up being another vehicle for their takeover of the computing world..."



  26. Former Microsoft Employee: ZDNet is Owned by Microsoft (and Others) in Some Senses

    A noteworthy message we've received from someone who knows Microsoft from the inside



  27. Links 15/2/2020: Blender 2.82, Qt 5.15 Alpha and NetBSD 9.0 Released

    Links for the day



  28. Microsoft Views 'Open Source' as a Zero-Cost Heist Opportunity (Making Proprietary Software/Spyware Using Other People's Free Labour)

    Making GPL-licensed (copyleft) software and hosting it outside Microsoft’s jaws is the best way to counter the abusive monopolist, which still says it “loves” what it is actually attacking



  29. Did Microsoft 'Buy' ZDNet?

    A look at what ZDNet tells its readers (screenshot from this morning) and a rare look at how its writers are censored/suppressed



  30. Anatomy of a Crime and Protection From Prosecution

    It’s hard to forget what António Campinos hides for his friend


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts