Wikipedia sucks. Why do I say this? Obviously I’ve just had yet another
bad experience with the self-professed Gods who “manage” the
encyclopaedia. But before I bore you with the Data as a Service controversy
(ooh, that sounds exciting, doesn’t it!?), let’s take a look at just why
Wikipedia sucks quite so badly.
Who wants to be a Wikipedia moderator? Why would you want to do it? How
would you find the time? Why would you be bothered? Here are the reasons:
1) You want to contribute something of value to the human race: knowledge.
A noble thought. But why not just contribute in the normal way? Because
you are a prolific contributor and want to feel a little important.
2) You have a burning hatred of “spammers” and pranksters who leave their
trail of junk contributions and links wherever they go. You fight the good
fight and think of yourself as a crusader aga... (more)
What is this X-Box design reject that’s nudging its way onto tech pages
everywhere? Apparently it’s Google’s latest stab at the cloud. It’s
the cloud – but in a nice tangible box. Or rather, it’s a device that
lets you access Google’s mighty servers and store all your stuff on them.
Google’s still a bunch of high-school geeks coding up “cool stuff”
But does this cut to the root of the problem?
I don’t think so. Google seems to argue that somehow this box will
“amalgamate all of its services” but I think it’s a desperate attempt
to think around a problem rather... (more)
The latest Twitter controversy surrounding the blog, the hacker and the cloud
vendor isn’t disturbing – just inevitable. By now anybody with an iota of
interest in cloud computing will know what this story is about. Many people
are probably damning Google for their ” lack of security.” But hang on
here. Aren’t people being quite cavalier with their data? The other day I
refused to give my own partner my PIN… but as I write, it’s happily
stored somewhere as a draft on GMail. That really doesn’t make sense.
Hell, I trust the cloud more than I trust myself
Who’s really to blame? I do... (more)
Is Ask’s marketing strategy a gift or a curse? I think it’s a bit of
both. (Whatever the case, my mother-in-law literally thinks there is a real
man called Jeeves who answers your questions when you hit the Search button.)
Apparently Scott Garrell, president of Ask Networks, said in a recent
interview: “In a very tough and competitive market, we’re holding our
own… people don’t talk in keywords.”
Well, my mother-in-law doesn’t, but then she can’t set the timer on the
microwave. It’s always 00:00 in that house. It’s like Groundhog Day, only
far less interesting and without the ine... (more)
So the wires are aflame with the news that Microsoft and Yahoo have “joined
forces” in a 10-year search and advertising deal.
Search and destroy
Let’s be clear on this one: Microsoft isn’t partnering with Yahoo. It’s
devouring it. It’s gobbling it up whole like a party snack before moving
onto its next conquest. The argument, of course, is that not having to fund
search will save Yahoo “hundreds of millions of dollars.”
Well done. If Nike halted the production of shoes it would save itself
hundreds of millions of dollars too. The only drawback being they’d have
bugger-all to sell... (more)