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Chinese, Russian teams take top spots


It’s not unusual for companies to offer selective guidance when it comes to sourcing candidates with unique skills-sets or experience.

We were recently asked to search for and recruit three teams of engineers for a global consulting firm. The Selection Committee suggested we send one of our own fulfillment research teams to Harbin, China to observe and meet with engineering students from around the world.

How the world is changing

Students from Shanghai Jiaotong University have been named the 2010 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) World Champions. Moscow State University, National Taiwan University, and Taras Shevchenko Kiev National University followed in the second, third and fourth ranked positions, with all four teams being honored with Gold status recognition.

The competition, sponsored by IBM, took place February 1 to 6 at Harbin Engineering University in Harbin, China.

Referred to as “The Battle of the Brains,” the ACM ICPC World Finals challenged the world’s top 103 university teams to use open standard technology in designing software that solves real-world problems. Each team of three students faced 11 problems of varying levels of difficulty. The contest problems were modeled after real-world issues such as developing programs which will predict where rain water from tsunamis and hurricanes will accumulate. In five short hours, students solved more than a semester’s worth of computer programming material.

Learn more about the 2010 ACM ICPC and all of the team rankings.

View all of the 2010 ACM ICPC team rankings.

Read the ACM press release.

Brian Patrick Cork

The Internet completely changed unemployment trends. Instead of just pumping up the US economy and bringing back production jobs, the Internet has caused the entire world to be competitors for many jobs in the US. This ranges from call centers to research, financial analysis, medical research, and on and on.

This may be one of the most historic changes in history and one everyone needs to be aware of. Broadly speaking, it likely means wages in the US will be reduced below where they might have been were it not for this competition.

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While Apple’s new Magic Mouse did not seem to be well received at first, it has surprisingly helped the company achieve a twofold increase in its share of domestic mice sales, albeit for the November window period only.

This is a first for Apple, and the boost was apparently tied in with the rollout of new iMacs in October.

If you look at the graphic above, prepared by our own Heather Penman, this sees Apple move up ahead of HP and Targus, but needless to say, are way behind market leaders Logitech and Microsoft.


Do you have Apple’s Magic Mouse and Bluetooth Keyboard together on your desk? Have you noticed any battery life problems with the keyboard? If you are, you’re probably not the first, as many folks out there with similar setups have been complaining of similar issues. Some folks are claiming that the Magic Mouse is preventing the keyboard from going into sleep mode, while others claim that it’s a Bluetooth driver issue.

What we do know is that users are experiencing problems, and hopefully Apple gets this sorted out fairly quick, because if the user comments are anything to go by, the keyboards are going through batteries really quick.


Could our search for Apple’s Wi-Fi software engineer be a hint that the iPhone 4G might sport 802.11n wireless?

The job posting indicates that the company is looking for a worker who can implement the 802.11a and 802.11n standards, along with the existing 802.11b/g technology.

With that in mind, do you think that the iPhone 4G and upcoming Apple tablet will be sporting 802.11n Wi-Fi, or will we have to continue waiting in order to get 802.11n Wi-Fi in the iPhone?

Speaking of the tablet (it won’t be called that shortly), the image here is not too different from the unit now in production.

And, by the way… This technology will put the Amazon Kindle, and related products, out of site, while also changing the world in terms how you access, read and use information. You can read about my Kindle here: evil wireless empires (and their minions): a prudent and optimistic comparative analysis.

It’s true.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork