OT: DARPA red balloon challenge

Mensanator mensanator at aol.com
Fri Oct 30 05:50:38 CET 2009


On Oct 29, 10:27 pm, Adam N <a... at varud.com> wrote:
> All,
>
> In case people hadn't heard, DARPA just announced what I think is the
> coolest competition ever:
>
> http://networkchallenge.darpa.mil/
>
> On December 5, DARPA will raise 10 red weather balloons somewhere in
> the US.  The first person to get the location of all 10 balloons and
> submit them will be given $40k.
>
> I'm proposing that if "I" win, half the money ($20k) will be given to
> the Django Software Foundation.  The other half ($20k) will go to the
> Python Software Foundation.

Uh...didn't read the rule about "Tax treatment of prizes will be
handled
in accordance with U.S. Internal Revenue Service guidelines", eh?

>
> I've set up a StackOverflow site for coordination for anybody who
> would like to join:
>
> http://darpa.stackexchange.com/
>
> I think the first thing that needs to happen is to get a critical mass
> of users on the site and to use the Q&A capabilities of the site to
> figure out what tools we should use next.
>
> Cheers,
> Adam Nelson




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