Genius Ideas

Programmer Secretly Outsources His Job to China So He Can Get Paid to Screw Around on Reddit

UReddit student. (Photo: Free Code Source)

Today in brilliant ideas: Verizon’s security blog tells the story of an employee at an unnamed company who decided to outsource his job to China so that he could “watch cat videos” all day.

When the company noticed that someone from China was using the VPN of the employee (named “Bob”) to login, they called their telecommunications company, Verizon, to investigate. Verizon initially thought it was some type of malware, but it turned out that the company just had an amazingly lazy genius on their hands. Read More

Crowd Power

Ultimate Nerd Outsources Flirting to Random Internet Stranger

Mr. Matzner (Photo: Twitter)

Too afraid to talk to the girl you like? New York-based mobile marketing startup founder Eric Matzner has a brilliant solution: Pay a stranger $5 on Fiverr to film himself shouting a compliment about your crush on a public bus. Swoon.

Back in May, Mr. Matzner published a post to his blog about how he’d decided to outsource typical human displays of affection–like telling someone you like them, or wishing a parent a happy birthday–to random Internet strangers using crowdsourcing platforms like Fiverr and oDesk. Read More

Exotic Development

Oh Good, New York Is Outsourcing HIV/AIDS Patient Databases to India

(Trigyn.com)

New York City’s AIDS case rate is almost triple the U.S. average, according to the city, and HIV is the third leading cause of death for residents ages 35 to 54. So though the idea of a big list of people with one of the world’s most stigmatized diseases is a bit creepy, we can understand why the city would want a robust database to track AIDS/HIV cases. But should we really do it on the cheap? Read More