Stories of the Day

It’s a tight race today. The tech world is heating up with its silliness:

No, Google did not run over a donkey in Botswana:

It’s not clear how Google verified the donkey’s current status. We think the company simply contacted the Street View employee in question and made sure he or she did not run a donkey over. The donkey may actually be dead right now, but not because of Google.

That’s crazy, but the next story is transformative. Post-modern. “Office Space”-esque. We’re all just jealous of this guy on so many levels:

Verizon finds US developer outsourced his job to China so he could surf Reddit and watch cat videos

A developer at a US-based critical infrastructure company, referred to as “Bob,” was caught last year outsourcing his work to China, paying someone else less than one fifth of his six-figure salary to do his job.

There follows after that a timeline of what Bob did at work on a daily basis. Sounds boring, but relaxing. Really, Bob is just doing to Verizon what Verizon would most likely like to do to Bob — move his job offshore to save money. Bob just got the job done. He also covered his tracks well, while being industrious in his laziness:

Apparently Bob had the same scam going across multiple companies in the area (this part is a little unclear given that he clearly couldn’t physically go into work for all of them), earning “several hundred thousand dollars a year,” and only paying the Chinese consulting firm “about fifty grand annually.” At the unnamed company, he apparently received excellent performance reviews for the last several years in a row, even being hailed the best developer in the building: his code was clean, well-written, and submitted in a timely fashion.

He’s a better coder than me, on top of it all.

Click through to the story, because there’s even more craziness in it.