Techerous

My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

November 12, 2013 11:51 pm August 28, 2013 8:23 pm July 21, 2013 11:25 pm
10 Rules of Internet - by Anil Dash

solaceames:

In my years working in technology, I have learned a few things. These lessons have become oft-repeated refrains when speaking to people, so I thought I’d collect them so I have a link to send folks when needed.

  1. Given enough time, any object which can generate musical notes will be used to play the Super Mario Brothers theme on YouTube.
  2. Judging by their response, the meanest thing you can do to people on the Internet is to give them really good software for free.
  3. Three things never work: Voice chat, printers and projectors.
  4. Once a web community has decided to dislike a person, topic, or idea, the conversation will shift from criticizing the idea to become a competition about who can be most scathing in their condemnation. (See The Law of Fail.)
  5. Any new form of electronic communication will first be dismissed as trivial and worthless until it produces a profound result, after which it will be described as obvious and boring.
  6. If your website’s full of assholes, it’s your fault. (See the post on this topic.)
  7. Most websites treat “I like it” and “This is good” as the same thing, leading to most people on the Internet refusing to distinguish between “I don’t like it” and “It’s not good”.
  8. When a company or industry is facing changes to its business due to technology, it will argue against the need for change based on the moral importance of its work, rather than trying to understand the social underpinnings.
  9. People will move mountains to earn a gold star by their name on the Internet.
  10. The only way to get useful feedback from people on the Internet is to ask questions that are actually answerable, instead of open-ended.

I’ve disagreed with him in the past but I think Anil Dash got this one pretty right.

June 27, 2013 2:16 pm June 5, 2013 8:42 pm
Nielsen TV Ratings Will Soon Include Viewers Who Watch Online | Underwire | Wired.com

took them long enough.

June 4, 2013 11:08 pm May 22, 2013 7:51 pm
thedailywhat:

Fandom News of the Day: Amazon Unveils a Fanfic Publishing Platform
Beginning in June, fanfiction authors will be able to self-publish their works from selected partner franchises via Kindle Worlds. Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars are already on board with the project and more are expected to be announced the official launch. However, authors aren’t exactly jumping at the chance to turn their works into cash: by using the platform, authors give all rights to the work to Amazon, who can then license your elements to other authors with no compensation to the original poster. The platform also will not publish stories containing pornography, excessive use of brand names or crossovers, so your Superwholock mpreg (male pregnancy) stories will just have to stay on Tumblr.

thedailywhat:

Fandom News of the Day: Amazon Unveils a Fanfic Publishing Platform

Beginning in June, fanfiction authors will be able to self-publish their works from selected partner franchises via Kindle Worlds. Gossip GirlThe Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars are already on board with the project and more are expected to be announced the official launch. However, authors aren’t exactly jumping at the chance to turn their works into cash: by using the platform, authors give all rights to the work to Amazon, who can then license your elements to other authors with no compensation to the original poster. The platform also will not publish stories containing pornography, excessive use of brand names or crossovers, so your Superwholock mpreg (male pregnancy) stories will just have to stay on Tumblr.

March 19, 2013 8:24 pm
"Online video-advertising rates continue to fall. Prices for ads on top-tier sites last year were down by 10% to 15% from 2011 […] Consequently, the amount of online space available for ads—the inventory—is exploding. Of the 39 billion content videos viewed on the Web in December, about 23% carried video ads, up from just 14% a year earlier"

If Media’s Future Is Online, Where Are the Profits? - WSJ.com

Take these two trends and tell me where you think this is headed.

(via soxiam)


I think subscription model’s are taking over digital entertainment. While the last decade saw us unwilling to pay for our entertainment medium and accept anything for it. We are now realizing the benefits of paying a little here and there for a good amount of quality.  While most are still holding out for free ad-supported services, those numbers are dwindling year by year while netflix and paying spotify members go up.

(via emergentfutures)

February 2, 2013 1:53 pm
fastcompany:

Crowd Sourced Dating?
Have you ever desperately texted your friends for advice during a date? “He just complimented me on my embarrassing beauty mark, what do I say now?” 
Artist and programmer Lauren McCarthy is working on a solution for us less confident daters with an app called Social Turkers.
McCarthy used her phone to broadcast her dates live.

The video stream is viewed by the task-rabbits who take part in Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, the crowdsourcing service where you can post small tasks requiring human intelligence that people around the world complete for just a few cents.
Turkers have been asked to transcribe podcasts, search satellite maps to find missing persons, or to rate the emotions expressed in Tweets—but probably never before to help someone’s date go better. For each of McCarthy’s dates, over the course of January, Turkers could earn up to $0.25 for tuning into the live video and audio stream. Throughout the date, the “social Turkers” answered polls, wrote reviews of what they are seeing, and sent text messages to her iPhone suggesting what to say or do next—advice came quick enough for McCarthy to actually put it into action.

So someday you may not have to go on that awkward date alone. And maybe, with the help of your global network of ‘Turkers,’ it won’t even be awkward.

I feel like they’re not differentiating social media from crowd-sourcing enough.

fastcompany:

Crowd Sourced Dating?

Have you ever desperately texted your friends for advice during a date? “He just complimented me on my embarrassing beauty mark, what do I say now?” 

Artist and programmer Lauren McCarthy is working on a solution for us less confident daters with an app called Social Turkers.

McCarthy used her phone to broadcast her dates live.

The video stream is viewed by the task-rabbits who take part in Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, the crowdsourcing service where you can post small tasks requiring human intelligence that people around the world complete for just a few cents.

Turkers have been asked to transcribe podcasts, search satellite maps to find missing persons, or to rate the emotions expressed in Tweets—but probably never before to help someone’s date go better. For each of McCarthy’s dates, over the course of January, Turkers could earn up to $0.25 for tuning into the live video and audio stream. Throughout the date, the “social Turkers” answered polls, wrote reviews of what they are seeing, and sent text messages to her iPhone suggesting what to say or do next—advice came quick enough for McCarthy to actually put it into action.

So someday you may not have to go on that awkward date alone. And maybe, with the help of your global network of ‘Turkers,’ it won’t even be awkward.

I feel like they’re not differentiating social media from crowd-sourcing enough.

January 19, 2013 3:50 pm
thingsairafound:

3 Despicable Internet Behaviors That Are Really Your Fault
Hey guys, check out this awesome article I discovered about why your actions online are bringing about the apocalypse. Article could only be better if it went into more detail about how all Norwegians are filthy thieves and should be locked away in prison to rot forever. Reblog this if you agree, like if you think kittens are cute.

Might as well retitle the article “Why Tumblr Kind of Sucks.”

thingsairafound:

3 Despicable Internet Behaviors That Are Really Your Fault

Hey guys, check out this awesome article I discovered about why your actions online are bringing about the apocalypse. Article could only be better if it went into more detail about how all Norwegians are filthy thieves and should be locked away in prison to rot forever. Reblog this if you agree, like if you think kittens are cute.

Might as well retitle the article “Why Tumblr Kind of Sucks.”