Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was very busy last week. His beloved Cowboys, while having the biggest and most expensive stadium in the history of the NFL, is also having the biggest flop of a season in franchise history since the 70s. He just fired his long-term head coach Wade Philips for the debacle that he is, and worst of all, at the same time he was in his ranch house in Dallas cleaning house, his domain dallascowboys.com expired.
Apparently the domain was expired before their blowout loss to the Packers last Sunday, but wasn't put on sale until that night. Some users trying to access the site upon hearing the news the day after the loss, however, weren't able to. Others saw the parked domain. ESPN and other websites were reporting the Cowboys' website to be down because of high traffic after the firing, but we now know the real reason behind that.
For a picture of the site as it was during the downtime, hit the break.
Happy holidays, says Google! $1,000 in cash goes to all of you employees of the evil empire that is the Googleplex as a "holiday bonus" and you will also receive a 2011 salary raise of at least 10% starting January 1, 2011! Not only that, but you will also get an extra raise equal to your target bonus for the year and be eligible for bonus "merit increases" based on how awesome you do.
Think about this, $1,000 bonus. Google has about 20,000 employees, so that's over $20 million! How generous of them to do that as well as spend over another $20 billion - $1 billion a year - to offer the 10% or more raise. Granted, this cost will be decreased by bonuses and stock option grants. See, not all companies are seeing a recession.
Intel and Google are doing pretty well!
How do we know all of this? Someone leaked a memo from Google about it! And it wasn't supposed to be sent out to anyone other than employees of the company. Oops. And Google is very mad about it.
Want to see the memo and see what's happened since the leak? Hit the break.
This week, a company founded by former MIT members issued a cash prize of $2,000 for anyone who could break into the Kinect for Xbox 360 and access the motion-sensors on the camera from another platform aside from the Xbox. The winner? A developer from the NUI Group, an open-source community of developers and programmers alike.
In a video shot by user AlexP (posted after the break), we see the ability to control the camera with a computer running Windows 7. We saw that he could move the camera up and down and he could also see the Kinect's color and infrared panels and made them show up on the desktop. It should be noted that AlexP was also able to make a program like this for the PlayStation Eye.
Microsoft, however, claims that he hasn't hacked it. We have Microsoft's response and the video after the break.
Have you seen the movie
V for Vendetta? In the film, V runs a video message on November 5th to honor the attempt by Guy Fawkes to blow up the Houses of Parliament. This year, a hacker at Washington State decided to give November 5th a new reason to be remembered.
A student hacked into the classroom presentation system for the school and broadcast a message, dressed as V, addressing the issue of campus squirrels and student apathy towards the issue. The video played every hour on screens in about 12 classrooms until the problem was righted by campus support in the early afternoon.
To find out why it took them until the afternoon to fix the problem and to see the video that played, hit the break.
It is official -
Call of Duty has outdone itself and Black Ops has taken the title of 'Biggest Entertainment Launch Ever' from Modern Warfare 2. Black Ops sold $360 million in its first 24 hours, approximately 5.6 million copies in North America and the UK. In comparison, Modern Warfare 2 sold 4.7 million copies launch day.
Treyarch was able to ride the popularity of Infinity Ward's final
Call of Duty title to become the first franchise in history to ever have two consecutive launch day records. Activision Blizzard has also pledged $1 million to the Call of Duty Endowment, a "non-profit, public benefit corporation" for veterans.
For more on the
Call of Duty powerhouse, hit the break.
As part of Nintendo's attempt to hold onto the past, they have filed to trademark the phrase "It's on like Donkey Kong." This has raised questions from the general media about why Nintendo would do this. What I am surprised about is that people are surprised.
This is the company who was unaware a few years ago that several hundred million dollars was a lot of money. Clearly, they have no rational grasp on reality. I would have been more surprised if they hadn't done this at some point.
For Nintendo's "reasoning," hit the break.