Looks like rumors of major cost-cutting measures at HP are true: the company along with its fiscal Q2 results has just outlined plans to slash 27,000 jobs by the end of its fiscal 2014. The drop, or about eight percent of its workforce, is being offered an “early retirement” if it doesn’t want to wait to be let go involuntarily. The move is intended to streamline HP’s operations and save between $ 3 billion to $ 3.5 billion a year by the time the cuts are done. As for the results themselves, they explain all too clearly why the cuts are inbound: HP ‘s profit dropped a massive 31 percent to $ 1.6 billion, and its revenue dropped three points to $ 30.7 billion. CEO Meg Whitman touted the results as exceeding an earlier glum outlook, but with the enterprise, printer and services groups all dragging the company down, it’s clear that HP is in the same boat as a struggling Dell.