Iraq Internet outage

All too often, Governments use this to cut population off communication ahead of measures against civilians. Stay safe, Iraq people.

Teaching Rats To Drive Tiny Cars

Rats can relax better while driving tiny cars, Scientists Discover. It’d make a good tag line for a few car manufacturers.

Rats driving tiny cars
Rats driving tiny cars.

A bunch of rats have learned how to drive tiny vehicles around to pick up food. 

Source: Hacker News.

Mark Hurd passed away

Mark Hurd was a giant in the industry. My thoughts are with his family, friends and everyone at Oracle. His passing away marks a very sad day for the entire industry.

Five Deadly Product Management Sins

Avoid these Product Management Pitfalls
Five Deadly Sins in Product Management.
  • No One Understands What You Do
  • Not Being Effective
  • Being Tactical and Not Strategic
  • No Formal Career Plan
  • Not Enjoying Your Job

These are, apart from being strategic, probably all solid advises for any other role. The article is a lot more verbose on why these are relevant for Product Management.

Learn about the five deadly sins that can stop people from rising quickly in Product Management. Avoid these and keep them from killing your career.

Source: Five Deadly Product Management Career Sins | 280 Group

Facebook Video engagement.

Facebook would pay $40 million to resolve claims how the company falsely reported Video usage numbers. Given the industry faced incredible growth of the video market over the past decade, companies shifted their strategy, agencies invested, campaigns were created for that single purpose alone. In the context of how the business grew, these alleged numbers are neglegible.

“The average viewership metrics were not inflated by only 60%-80%; they were inflated by some 150 to 900%,”

via hollywoodreporter.com.

It is, however, not the first time Facebook was caught reporting incorrect numbers.

via link.

The most advanced MySQL raytracer on the market right now.

Raytracing with MySQL

WTF of the day. The most advanced MySQL raytracer on the market right now. A raytracer, written in a single SELECT statment, that MySQL is able to process into an image. Pure Demoscene spirit here, whatever it is, make it run an animation or raytrace some spheres, something beautiful it was not meant to produce in first place.

via BoingBoing.

They downloaded a car!

They downloaded a car!

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