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Sun to fire 3,000 employees

 
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Is this real?
 
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It is.
 
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Then more than 3,000 of other companies will be replaced by them.
 
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roger wong wrote:Then more than 3,000 of other companies will be replaced by them.



It's not a zero-sum game. In fact, quite often it means that 3000+ other employees are told they have to work twice as hard unless they want to end up in the same boat. That's how you get jobless (or job-negative) recoveries. Over half a million fewer people are working in my home state this year than were a year ago, and I can assure you that they didn't all get balanced out somewhere else in the country.

According to what I was told in school, we were all supposed to be working 30 hour weeks by now thanks to automation and other improvements in productivity. Instead, the work week now routinely, if not always officially, exceeds the statutory 40.

According to my desk calendar's quote-of-the-day, Richard Nixon predicted (in 1956) that Americans would be working 4-day weeks in "the not-so-distant future". And true, some shops I've worked in did offer that option. But I don't think he was referring to 4x10.
 
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Leandro Coutinho wrote:http://www.storagenewsletter.com/news/business/sun-to-fire-3000-employees
http://slashdot.org/story/09/10/21/1634223/Sun-Microsystems-To-Cut-3000-Jobs-As-Oracle-Deal-Drags-On

I don't know if this is the best forum to post this. I didn't find a forum to post news.



What would that mean to Java?
 
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When I was an undergraduate we had that sort of working week in Britain; most workplaces only worked 3 days a week. Most people my age and older in Britain will remember the three-day week, and how it brought the government down at the next election
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:When I was an undergraduate we had that sort of working week in Britain; most workplaces only worked 3 days a week. Most people my age and older in Britain will remember the three-day week, and how it brought the government down at the next election



Well, yes, but that was because the 3-day week went with a 3-day salary. Nixon's thinking was more on the order of the rewards of productivity, not putting a lid on income. Professionals are allegedly paid for results, not per hour.

I'm less concerned that Java will be impacted by 3K layoffs than in what Oracle might decide to do with Java. I believe the bulk of the Sun layoffs was targeted for US/Europe. Sun moved their main Java development efforts from Palo Alto to Bangalore on 11 September 2002.
 
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Actually the notorious three-day week when I was an undergraduate was associated with the miners' strike; there was not enough coal to generate electricity for the whole country, so we had 2-hour power cuts every 6 hours, and most firms were forced to go to three-day working, with (as Tim says) three days' worth of wages for everybody. The Government called an election during such a crisis with the slogan "who governs the country . . . ?" and deserved to lose by an large margin.


. . . In fact they lost by a tiny margin; the election in February was followed by another election in October the same year, where the new government had a much increased majority.
 
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