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Old 10 October 2012   #1
Anonymous takes aim at Zynga to stop layoffs and outsourcing jobs

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57...s-aim-at-zynga/
http://anonnews.org/forum/post/9195/

This latest event takes the controversial issue of layoffs and outsourcing to a whole different level, as the shadowy Anonymous is now actively taking action to stop Zynga from laying off its hundreds of employees and outsourcing all jobs to India.

The subject of layoffs and outsourcing in the CG industries has been a popular one here at cgtalk, and this new spin surely adds a new element that none of us could have anticipated. What are your thoughts on what Anonymous is doing?

It's a complex situation that involves illegal vigilantes, global business trends, game industry jobs. This topic is a hot potato, so please, everyone, be objective, respectful to others, and keep a cool head when posting.
 
Old 10 October 2012   #2


Well? Who?
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Old 10 October 2012   #3
Every time I read a story like this, I have to check my calendar to make sure its not April 1st, or that the story didn't originate from the Onion.

Interesting though. I got a nice laugh from it. Thanks for sharing!

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Old 10 October 2012   #4
On the whole, not a good idea. If anonymous actually do release Zynga's games, then the management will probably just get pissed off and continue with the outsourcing.

OTOH the management may get a bit cautious of continuing, given anonymous' track record...

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Old 10 October 2012   #5
Companies don't outsource to be spiteful, but productive. Anonymous should not interfere with economic liberalism.
 
Old 10 October 2012   #6
Originally Posted by Ephisus: Companies don't outsource to be spiteful, but productive.


You seem to forget an important reason for outsourcing:
many companies outsource mainly because its cheaper than hiring local talent...
 
Old 10 October 2012   #7
Anonymous is like a kid who found the key to his dad's weapons locker and is now playing sheriff in real life...
 
Old 10 October 2012   #8
In what way did I forget that? Isn't it more productive to use fewer resources achieve an end result? In no real world circumstances are broad economic conditions improved by anything being less efficient and more costly.

As long as the methods are built on voluntary labor, I see no moral authority to interfere.
 
Old 10 October 2012   #9
chances are high that this "anon" is someone from zynga.
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Old 10 October 2012   #10
That wouldn't surprise me at all.
 
Old 10 October 2012   #11
Originally Posted by Ephisus: In what way did I forget that? Isn't it more productive to use fewer resources achieve an end result? In no real world circumstances are broad economic conditions improved by anything being less efficient and more costly.

As long as the methods are built on voluntary labor, I see no moral authority to interfere.


You're right, but it's a matter of preference apparently how you highlight the reasons for outsourcing.
Calling outsourcing more productive is basically a more "friendly" way to put it IMHO.
 
Old 10 October 2012   #12
Part of the dispute is that zynga apparently has a billion dollars in the bank yet is laying off hundreds of people. Companies don't have limits to profit margins and this ethical dispute is what apparently bothers anonymous.

Hard working creative people can literally make a billion dollars for a company and still not be enough to keep their jobs.
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Old 10 October 2012   #13
Originally Posted by fuss: Anonymous is like a kid who found the key to his dad's weapons locker and is now playing sheriff in real life...


This.

I'm getting pretty tired of their self-appointed role as sheriffs of the universe.
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Old 10 October 2012   #14
I certainly am not going to say anything bad about them online.
 
Old 10 October 2012   #15
Originally Posted by CGIPadawan:

Well? Who?

Amen brother...
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