2:00AM (EST) May 2nd , 2007 Digg was pronounced dead.
Ok, maybe dead is a bit too strong of a word, but after a long night of fighting with angered Diggers the site has finally crashed. It was only a matter of time, I'm surprised it lasted this long. Perhaps it will be up again later, but they've made a lot of people angry, and well, once you piss off the internet, it's hard to get back in its good graces.
Chaos, that's the only word that can describe what's going on over at Digg right now. Apparently, someone put up a story that contained the HD-DVD AACS Processing Key and not only was the story deleted, but the user was banned.
This has caused the biggest uproar that I've ever seen on a site such as Digg. It seems that many users are digging anything that contains the magic number in it, and burying everything else that comes along. This way every story for pages and pages contains the hack.
The big thing to note is that it's not a riot about the hack, it's a riot about censorship. The site was built on the idea that the users picked the stories, and as long as there's no foul play to hit the front page, they're left alone. But when Digg decides to start censoring what stories it will allow, then they are destroying everything that they stand for.
The cult of Digg has taken over the blogosphere, with weblogs all over desperately competing for the idle clicks of feckless browse-toads. But what if you're looking for a way to validate yourself in the real world, without going to the inconvenience of having a permanent link tattooed on your forehead? How about a portable Diggometer, then?
Oh sweet geeks, always so keen to show they know what's going on behind closed doors that they spill the beans on products we're all scratching our hair out waiting for. Today it's the turn of Kevin Rose who used Diggnation Episode 74 to leak some juicy details about Apple's "we all know it's coming, just give it to us dammit!" iPhone.
According to the hat-wearing Mac-lover and his "solid" source, the iPhone will...
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If you find yourself on blogging platform Medium, chances are you’re digging into a long-form piece. According to the team at Medium, that wasn’t the intent of their platform. Perhaps out of fear they’re being known as a long-form only platform, Medium is making some changes today that should encourage much tighter writing. A new inline editor will allow Medium writers to scribble out a few hundred words quickly and easily, while redesigns elsewhere make for faster navigation.
Late last year, Tiiny was revealed as another ephemeral messaging app in a crowded space. The app was always billed as a project more than a moonshot or labor of love, which makes today’s announcement neither disappointing or sad. In a blog post via Medium, Digg founder Kevin Rose announced he and the team at North were shutting Tiiny down, saying “at the end of the day Tiiny didn’t find an audience, and the product wasn’t a big enough improvement over similar services in an already insanely crowded space.”
LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens will be just one piece of the puzzle this year. The biggest toy company in the world has released notes at NYC's Toy Fair on their 2015 line of Star Wars sets, with LEGO bricks ranging from Star Wars Rebels through to the prequels and back to Star Wars Rebels. In all, LEGO has announced that 32 new sets will be coming to their Star Wars collection - and that's just so far. There may well be more up their sleeve.
A paper has been produced by three researchers in which they predict the bite force of the largest rodent to have ever been discovered. Philip G. Cox, Andrés Rinderknecht, and Ernesto Blanco collaborated on a paper in which they suggest that the rodent called Josephoartigasia monesi used its incisors like tusks, "processing tough vegetation with large bite forces at the cheek teeth." Hows that for a horrifying image for you? A 2,205-pound (1000 kg) (over a ton) rodent with tusks, ready to eat your shrubberies at a moment's notice!