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Hacking, the reclusive sport of individuals with socially crippling intelligence is being pulled from the depths of the suburban basement and thrust onto the podium.

Hacking, the reclusive sport of individuals with socially crippling intelligence is being pulled from the depths of the suburban basement and thrust onto the podium.

Well, there might not be a podium, but there is talk of a cup.

Facebook has created a page containing details about a Hacker Cup in 2011. People can apply and compete online and a final 25 will be flown to compete in the algorithmic programming contest in California in the new year for $5,000 US and the title. The tests are designed by Facebook engineers.

Inside the Facebook universe hacking or hack is used as terms for all-night coding benders, rather than for the more popular interpretation of someone who creates codes or viruses to interfere with or destroy computer programs.

Alan Middleton, a marketing guru housed at the Schulich School of Business at York University, was admittedly a bit baffled at the prospect, given the elevated public perception of hacking of the more nefarious kind.

 
 
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