> "I've always wondered if I took a postcard, wrote someone's name and city to be delivered to, and gave it to a random person. Would it ever get there?"
That experiement has already be done. Read about Milgram's "Small World Experiement." It's the experiement that originated the phrase "Six Degrees of Separation." Milgram did a rigours version of "write a name and city on a post card and ask a random person to help deliver it."
The article is about Ruby on Rails. Ruby on Rails is not just a langauge. It is a lanaguage and a web framework. Frameworks very much affect your scalability.
This is off topic, but Slashdot's MSFT icon is stale.
The best of both worlds aired 17 years ago. The Borg haven't been on the air in years.
And Bill G is no longer at Microsoft.
The capital 'S' in Service means they are using their definition and not the dictionary.
At the beginning of the EULA you see that Service menas "Google's products, software, services and web sites"
So basically they are telling you that the data you get directly from Google may not be the raw unfiltered reality. And that makes sense. Google for anything if you want to see a filtered and modified view, although in this case it's a summary.
This sounds more like up front honesty than evil.
On Fox, average crap earns over 10 million viewers. American Idol, for example, has over 24 million viewers. Recently Fox averaged 11.2 million viewers per show.
So, when a great show like Dollhouse has less than five million viewers, its time will be limited. Why would Fox be patient with it when they can quickly churn out another shock show that will probably get double the ratings?
The real lesson is 'Don't put quality on Fox' They are not in the business of selling quality.
If it happens once, it's a bug. If it happens twice, it's a feature. If it happens more than twice, it's a design philosophy.