Slashdot Founder Questions Crowds Wisdom

I just don’t find Digg that relevant to my little world… but when it’s a slow news day I go to page 12 on Digg just to find the weird crap that escapes broader attention.

Mr. Malda said that Digg must move to deemphasize that vocal minority in the overall voting. But then it would inevitably alienate its core user base. “All these sites start with a nucleus of dedicated people. Then as the gawkers join in you see a dilution. People who were there originally feel alienated and feel that the thing they helped created is being perverted.”

“I try not to paint Digg as my arch-nemesis. The Digg method and Digg community are a wider audience than Slashdot,” he said. “But with sites like Digg, it’s the wisdom of the crowds or the tyranny of the mob. You never know what you’re going to get.”

[From Slashdot Founder Questions Crowds Wisdom – Bits – Technology – New York Times Blog]

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One of the things you learn quickly about Brent Simmons is that there is no detail too small to not warrant an inordinate amount of attention to getting it just right. This attention to detail pays off, NNW consistently ranks as one of the most popular Mac applications.

Normally this is kind of a boring thing—not one of the exciting features, not necessarily worth discussing. But since this is an example of a hybrid app with an online component, I thought it might be interesting to other developers of hybrid apps.

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Marketing Basics

These dramatic pictures, taken near Seal Island, in False Bay, are part of a decade-long campaign to promote positive awareness of great white sharks, which are classed as “endangered” largely due to being hunted by man.” (via instapundit)

Photos of great white sharks eating cute seals to promote positive awareness of the sharks? They might want to get that Wegman fellow on the case… maybe put a funny hat on a great white or something… I’m just saying…


Kerviel’s Greed, Not Heroics

How does one explain the sudden celebrity of rogue trader Jérôme Kerviel? The fanclub group on Facebook now has 1,441 members…

The comparisons to Che Guevara are perhaps the most offensive and also the most accurate in that just as Guevara was a mass murderer responsible for one of the most repressive totalitarian government in history in contrast to the popular image of him as a defender of the common man, Kerviel was no Robin Hood but rather a rogue trader motivated by personal greed who, according to the allegations, massively miscalculated the direction of European markets and is single-handedly responsible for a financial loss of epic proportions.

There is plenty of blame to spread around the financial aristocracy of France’s financial institutions, but Kerviel is no hero.