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 Thursday, 2-February-2012  23:37:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The upcoming Facebook IPO is going to make some millionaires - even some billionaires. Even the guy who painted the offices is set to do pretty well out of it, thanks somedood. The graffiti artist who took Facebook stock instead of cash for painting the walls of the social network’s first headquarters made a smart bet. The shares owned by the artist, David Choe, are expected to be worth upward of $200 million when Facebook stock trades publicly later this year.

People are queuing at Foxconn for a job, probably working on an upcoming iPhone. Previously, we reported that Foxconn is working with the city of Zhengzhou to double the size of the workforce at its facility there, recruiting an additional 100,000 employees. Well, these people saw the job advertisement posted by the Zhengzhou government in the city which showed the salary at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou factory is 1650 yuan (US$261) for basic salary, and the salary would be increased to 2400 – 3200 yuan (US$379-$506) after the appraisal. What’s more, workers do not need to pay additional money for dormitory and food.

Meanwhile a fake Apple TV salesman has been nabbed in Sydney. A forensic analysis of the USB stick found it offered “proxied and peer to peer access to restricted sites” hosted within China and the United States, which host “several pay TV stations as well as streaming videos and other copyright materials.” Ashfield Police seized several counterfeit Apple devices in the raid today, plus documents and records detailing past sales of the device and subscription sales.

There's a new Humble Bundle of games, this time supporting Android. As usual, you decide how much you want to pay, and how much goes to the developers and/or charity. There's a video here showing gameplay.

Here's another one of those PC hardware playing a song videos, but I found it oddly hypnotic. My last couple of videos I built a couple of robot bands (yeah! machines that play actual instruments). These videos didn't fair as well so i decided to go back to the basics and create a video staring my trustly old HP Scanner and a scrappy old hard drive which was converted into a robotic drum machine.

Meanwhile here's a video of swarming nano quadrotors. Bits of it remind me of Space Invaders, but overall, it's kinda terrifying. As is this new guided bullet from Sandia. Sandia’s design for the four-inch-long bullet includes an optical sensor in the nose to detect a laser beam on a target. The sensor sends information to guidance and control electronics that use an algorithm in an eight-bit central processing unit to command electromagnetic actuators. These actuators steer tiny fins that guide the bullet to the target.



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