The two friends Edward and Kevin were discussing faith and technology in the pub. "You're a religious man, Kevin" said Edward. "Why does God allow your amateur radio gear to keep breaking down?" Kevin took a deep draw on his pint before answering. "He helps those who help themselves, you know. In my case, I pray for guidance and know that I'll get it, but I still insist on wearing fresh rubber gloves when working around high voltages." "You don't mean?" said Edward, realising the import of what was to come. "I do." said Kevin. "Praise the Lord, and pass the ham's new mittens" They finished their pints in silence. "It's the poor of this world I feel sorry for," said Edward as he returned from the bar with refills, "especially those Indian kids who thought that learning computer programming would be their escape route from poverty." "How so?" said Kevin. "Families ripped apart as their youngsters are imported to the US as cut-price code monkeys," replied Edward, warming to his theme. "One famous supercomputer manufacturer was just buying them in by the bushel, purely on their school's reports on their technical prowess. It's positively Dickensian. I'm so moved, I'm going to write the novel." "That would be..." said Kevin, pint poised half-way to lips. "Yes," said Edward. "Cray Tech Spec'd Asians." Not another word was uttered. To have your say online click on TalkBack and go to the ZDNet UK forums.