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Google Engineer Sponsors New Kinect Bounties 96

Posted by Soulskill
from the dead-or-alive dept.
ashidosan writes "Hot on the heels of the Adafruit competition, Matt Cutts (a search spam engineer at Google) is sponsoring two more $1,000 bounties for projects using Kinect. 'The first $1,000 prize goes to the person or team that writes the coolest open-source app, demo, or program using the Kinect. The second prize goes to the person or team that does the most to make it easy to write programs that use the Kinect on Linux.'" Relatedly, reader imamac points out a video showing Kinect operating on OS X.

Comment: Re:Flexible wages? (Score 1) 623

by surrenderMonkey (#26566717) Attached to: Layoffs at Microsoft, Intel, and IBM
But, the way these layoffs (excuse me, "resource actions") are done is completely in the dark. Employees of these companies are not happy to be laid off, and the companies do them no service to make the survivors "nervice". If one is on a firing line and the two people on my left and right sides are shot and killed by Mr./Ms. CEO, should I feel greatful?!?!? Yep, I would be "nervous", but unfortunately that is completely abusive. Way to motivate -- terror, fear, uncertainty, and doubt. For the record, no one "deserves" a job, but there is no reason to play this insanely depraved version of "Survivor: Kampuchea".

Comment: Re:Flexible wages? (Score 1) 623

by surrenderMonkey (#26566609) Attached to: Layoffs at Microsoft, Intel, and IBM
Tablizer, that is way too progressive and cool. Besides, I think that execs have more fun turning their companies in abbatoirs than encourage such noxious things as fairness, humanity, and so forth. And, their Wall Street buddies need to know that Sam and the gang still have the stones to play with them at the golf club.

Comment: Re:WTF is up with IBM? (Score 1) 623

by surrenderMonkey (#26566327) Attached to: Layoffs at Microsoft, Intel, and IBM
Slightly off-topic, but the economny in New England -- esp. the tech market has been declining for over a decade. The financial sector consolidations moved all of the banking jobs out, and now acquisitions (such as IBM's purchases of Informix, Rational, Lotus, Cognos, Ascential, etc.) have moved even more good jobs out of the area. One thing to consider (if it is a personal option) is to consider relocating to a place with jobs, a sociopolitical culture you like, and a lower cost of living. I lived in Boston 20 years and relocated to the Chicago area several years ago, sick and tired of the high housing costs and unpredictable economics, and left it all behind for greener pastures (no pun intendend).

Little known fact about Middle Earth: The Hobbits had a very sophisticated computer network! It was a Tolkien Ring...

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