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SF Guardian on current 'Reputation Systems' (SIC)
Topic: Society 9:04 pm EDT, Jul 23, 2002

"And yet I can't help thinking the reputation system is less about creating communities of friends than it is about building cults of personality around popular, "reputable" individuals...

What happens to ideas that are smart but unpopular? In a reputation system, it's too easy for them to be exiled, cast beyond the bounds of what the community deems expressible...

Sometimes we need to listen to people who have bad reputations. Often they are the critics, the people with a talent for seeing flaws and problems none of us want to face. Communities can't thrive if they never answer to the least reputable of their members. So, for now I'm waiting for a new community system, one whose wisdom will destroy reputations and replace them with something more meaningful. "

Annalee Newitz is waiting for MemeStreams.

SF Guardian on current 'Reputation Systems' (SIC)

The problem with focusing on 'star performers.'
Topic: Management 8:57 pm EDT, Jul 23, 2002

"The broader failing of McKinsey and its acolytes at Enron is their assumption that an organization's intelligence is simply a function of the intelligence of its employees. They believe in stars, because they don't believe in systems."

This is a really good article. It gave me a good deal of insite into alot of the experiences I had at iAsiaWorks. Its not light reading. Only if you are interested in thinking about how organizations work.

The problem with focusing on 'star performers.'

Clueless Mailers: The Latest Ugly Trend in Spamming
Topic: Miscellaneous 6:36 pm EDT, Jul 23, 2002

it's full of stars!

Clueless Mailers: The Latest Ugly Trend in Spamming

Security bill loses ID card, TIPS -- The Washington Times
Topic: Miscellaneous 2:08 pm EDT, Jul 23, 2002

"House Majority Leader Dick Armey, in his markup of legislation to create a Homeland Security Department, yesterday rejected a national identification card and scrapped a program that would use volunteers in domestic surveillance.

Security bill loses ID card, TIPS -- The Washington Times

Lawyers Bid for Exhibit A as Evidence Surfaces on EBay
Topic: Miscellaneous 2:05 pm EDT, Jul 23, 2002

"After a heated bidding war on EBay, Mark Lanier recently paid $2,125 to win a 1941 naval machinery manual."

Lawyers Bid for Exhibit A as Evidence Surfaces on EBay

Finding a geek boyfriend
Topic: Humor 4:06 pm EDT, Jul 22, 2002

For all the sexy g33k boys.

Finding a geek boyfriend

The Chronicles of George
Topic: Humor 1:06 pm EDT, Jul 11, 2002

the chronicles of george the helpdesk tech.

The Chronicles of George

Linux is for Bitches
Topic: Miscellaneous 6:46 pm EDT, Jun 27, 2002


Linux is for Bitches

Topic: Miscellaneous 4:09 pm EDT, Jun 26, 2002

"Find a node, and leave a chalk symbol for others to find the node with a minimum of all that tiresome netstumbler business."

Read the link about hobo signs. Its somewhat interesting...

Let's WARCHALK! - Court rules Pledge of Allegiance 'unconstitutional' - June 26, 2002
Topic: Miscellaneous 4:08 pm EDT, Jun 26, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO, California (CNN) -- A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag cannot be recited in public schools because the phrase "under God" endorses religion. - Court rules Pledge of Allegiance 'unconstitutional' - June 26, 2002

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