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How to Stop Digg-cheating, Forever 217

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the good-luck-with-that dept.
The following was written by frequent Slashdot editorial contributor Bennett Haselton. He writes "Recently author Annalee Newitz created a bit of a stir with the revelation that she had bought her way to the front page of the story-ranking site Digg. Since Digg allows any registered user to go to a story's URL and "digg it" in order to push it upward through the story-ranking system, it was inevitable that services like User/Submitter would come along, where a Digg user can pay for other users to cast votes to push their story up to the top. User/Submitter says they are currently backlogged and not taking new orders, but they say the service will return and will soon feature services for manipulating similar sites like Digg competitor reddit. Even if the new U/S features are vaporware, it probably won't be long before other companies offer similar services. But it seems like all of these story-ranking sites could prevent the manipulation by making one simple change to their voting algorithm."
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+ - Part three of 1979 Douglas Adams interview

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Ben Coppin
Ben Coppin writes "Darker Matter issue three has just gone live with the third and final part of the exclusive interview with Douglas Adams from 1979. In this part we find out that Douglas Adams only really liked two of the original episodes of the radio series of the Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and why he thought he was totally washed up at the age of 24.

http://www.darkermatter.com/issue3/douglas_adams.p hp"

Proposals would turn highways into wind farms->

From feed by engfeed

Filed under: Transportation


Clogged highways and frustratingly waiting while your gas needle plummets to empty usually doesn't conjure up thoughts of green, but it seems like these very roads could become the source of a lot more energy. Several recent student designs have proposed that major roadways be retrofitted with various forms of wind energy collection devices, ranging from overhead turbines that collect energy from quickly-moving cars below to barrier panels (pictured after the jump) that harness the wind from closely passing vehicles moving in opposite directions. Ideally, the wind energy could then be sent back out to the grid to power nearby communities, light-rail transportation systems, or even intelligent billboards. Of course, most of these ideas are still in the research phase, and even if proven feasible, we can't imagine the up-front costs (or inconveniences of installing these things) to be minor, but we're sure that government subsidies should be able to to lend a helping hand.

Read - Barrier panel prototype
Read - Overhead turbine design

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