Outsourcing Yourself

There’s something to admire about this young man, a web developer who outsourced his job to China, and then with his newfound free time took on more jobs, which he also outsourced to China.

Except, of course, he eventually ran out of outsourcing sources. From CNET.com:

Work is an overrated concept, created by those in power to subjugate those who are trusting or have several children.

This might, at least, have been the thinking of a developer who believed he had found a magical ruse to prevent him from being subjugated.

As The Next Web tells it, relying on a case study presented by the security team at Verizon, the gentleman in question was very interested in Reddit, eBay shopping, and watching cat videos during working hours.

So he allegedly outsourced his work to China. Yes, all of his work. He did nothing at all — workwise, that is, according to Verizon.

Nicknamed “Bob” by Verizon, the developer worked at a critical infrastructure company in the U.S.

However, the Verizon folks say he also attempted to perform this liberating ploy simultaneously on other companies — presumably he was accepting freelance projects on the side.

His work must have suffered, right? Wrong:

What some might find amusing — or even dispiriting — is that his employers valued him highly, as the work was of an excellent standard.

Meanwhile, Bob’s trousers were being handsomely filled, as he was paying the Chinese a mere 20 percent of what the work would cost in the U.S., Verizon said.

You might wonder how, given that everyone was happy, he was ever discovered. Well, apparently his company noticed in its VPN logs that there was odd and consistent activity occurring on a connection between it and Shenyang, China.

Arrogant hipster. Lazy, entitled member of the web generation. iPhone-hugging Obama-loving Gen Z’er. Nope:

Verizon’s report describes him as:

 Mid-40s software developer versed in C, C++, Perl, Java, Ruby, PHP, Python, etc. Relatively long tenure with the company, family man, inoffensive and quiet. Someone you wouldn’t look at twice in an elevator.

Which is why he’s hard to hate, this guy.