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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

'Condom'-covered fingers showing up in Google scans

Fingers covered with tiny condoms called "finger gloves" are showing up in a few Google Books book scans. Some of the people who operating the scanning equipment wear them to prevent smudging while handling books, and in rare cases those workers don't get their hands out of the scanner before the scan is taken.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

When this occurs the Google employee hears finger or blur in a set of headphones and is suppose to go back three pages and rescan. But sometimes they don't care, because they have to keep flipping pages as fast as possible to keep counts up. If you don't keep your count up you get canned, I saw that alot. god that job sucked... -ex employee

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 8:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Google docs have a proprietary (gigantic) machine to do the scanning. Operators only load the books on one side and the machine automatically takes the book, and goes page by page through the scanner, without human intervention.

Probably for some odd-shaped books, requires somebody to adjust the pages to the scanner...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 8:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not as cute as the asian girl on the iphone.

c'mon google, try harder!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no they defiantly are not automatic. I was there I calibrated them. User interaction required... -ex employee

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 1:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those are not condom's. They are called finger collets and have been in use since the 1940's.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 8:40:00 PM  

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