Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Tuesday, July 18, 2006


This is a user comment from a story on EA's new Portal mini-game - itself based on Narbacular Drop.
hmmm, what do i see?
7h0r4x3 (07/13/2006)

I see this as making lots and lots and lots and lots of lag. I mean lag upon lag upon lag upon lag. Maybe, even some form of lag never even conceived by the human mind before. Maybe, just maybe, lag so bad, you need to reboot your pc twice then clean it, then take out your gfx card and clean it 3 times, then reboot 4 times more. just to get windows to reopen. i mean that is a lot of lag. more than i want.
No-one likes lag. That's more than I want, too!

Ending suffring

(Thanks Wired)

No one likes to hear about human rights abuses, so what better way to contribute than to sign a petition to end women's sufferage suffrage? Right?

South Africa leads the way

First country to independently develop and give up nuclear weapons!
First country to be involved in radiological terrorism!

Yay SA!

Monday, July 17, 2006

The Tech-Support Wisdom of Crowds

Regular readers will know of my distrust of 'The Wisdom of Crowds'.

Now Qunu has created a system to match up users needing tech support with [unaffiliated, unpaid] domain-experts. All this through Jabber-compatible IM clients (and the comment on KoolIM at the end of the list is classic)!

I know that customer support via chat can work well - Ndizani (now defunct) was doing this for Sento for McAfee 5 years ago!

Of course Qunu is adding the Web2.0 goodness!
1) Feedback on the helpfulness of the 'expert'
2) Feedback on the system itself
3) Tagging of subject areas (amusingly the demo pic has "web2.0" as a tag)

As to whether this is all not just an unpaid helpdesk:
Passionate volunteers will provide better and more timely information. They hope.

Plans for providing for-pay matching (i.e. fees for experts) are in the works.

'Sorry celebrities'

(from Yahoo!)
Mr T says seeing the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina has led to a change of dress - not a change of heart: He's getting rid of the bling!

He "saw some, I call it 'sorry celebrities.' They'll go down there and hook up with the people to take a photo-op. I said, 'How disgusting.'"

And "If you're not going down there with a check and a hammer and a nail to help the people, don't go down there."

So he's now got a heart of gold, not a chest-ful.

I pity the hurricane


Impressive demonstration of the power of the network effect...ahem

And these guys have waaaay too many CDs.