2020 Oct 21, 3:50
Its rare to find devs anticipating Unicode control characters showing up in user input. And the most fun when unanticipated
is the Right-To-Left Override character U+202E. Unicode characters have an implicit direction so that for example by default Hebrew characters
are rendered from right to left, and English characters are rendered left to right. The override characters force an explicit direction for all the text that follows.
I chose my Twitter display name to include the HTML encoding of the Right-To-Left Override character
#x202E; as a sort of joke or shout out to my favorite Unicode control character.
I did not anticipate that some Twitter clients in some of their UI would fail to encode it correctly. There's no way I can remove that from my display name now.
Try it on Amazon.
How about pages that want to tell you about the U+202E.
2015 Oct 19, 9:37 2015 Jul 23, 12:34 2012 Jul 30, 3:49
Chaos Monkey randomly kills your Amazon Web Service VMs increasing the failure rate forcing your web service to deal with it.
2012 Feb 22, 6:54
Automated authors writing books and automated middle men trying to sell over priced books at a profit. The author of the blog post claims to be human, but I’m not so sure.
2012 Jan 15, 10:44 2011 Apr 27, 2:21
Competing price setting algorithms create a very high priced book. "But Peter Lawrence can now comfortably boast that one of the biggest and most respected companies on Earth valued his great book at
$23,698,655.93 (plus $3.99 shipping)."
2011 Apr 4, 11:18
Two eBook frauds involving the automated creation and publishing of books in order to make money off the long tail. The spam of books.
2010 May 10, 8:43
Charles Stross on the intersection of ebooks and the publishing industry. Includes the answer to the misinformed question "why are you charging so much for access to the file your authors emailed
you?" Also includes this quote on Cory Doctorow "... Cory is a Special Snowflake with EFF superpowers and New York Times Bestseller mojo which make him immune to the normal laws of man and nature."
2010 May 3, 7:27
Amazon has the most highlighted passages of Kindle users. Of course Dan Brown is all over that. But in 94th place of most highlighted is a passage from the 'Kindle Shortcuts' book on how to highlight
passages: "Go to top Notes and Clippings (Kindle 2) To create a highlight: use the 5-way controller to highlight the content you want to clip and then press the 5-way to save your selection...
Highlighted by 319 Kindle users"
2010 Mar 11, 7:36
Boing Boing recommends I buy things. Probably a good selection of odd or geeky gifts.
2010 Jan 28, 4:00
Jonathan Zittrain on Amazon's Mechanical Turk, artificial AI, and related topics.
2010 Jan 28, 2:36
Amazon's Mechanical Turkers enact the Prisoners Dilemma.
2010 Jan 6, 9:20
"Amazon called me today to discuss my $2.9billion purchase"
2009 Dec 4, 5:06
"If you want to watch videos from the National Archives today, they try to talk you into buying a DVD from the official government partner, Amazon.Com...To demonstrate to the Congress that if we
liberated this wonderful content people would really care, I forked over $251 for 20 DVDs and posted them on-line."
2009 Dec 3, 1:54
Uses Amazon's mechanical Turk program to test framing: "Framing the outcomes in positive vs. negative terms produced a reversal of participants’ preferences for the two programs. In condition 1, the
majority of respondents (69.4%) favored Program A, exhibiting risk aversion. In condition 2, the majority of respondents (65.3%) favored Program B, exhibiting risk seeking."
2009 May 29, 12:12
"Any object in Amazon S3 that can be read anonymously can also be downloaded via BitTorrent. ... Retrieving a .torrent file for any publicly available object is easy. Simply add a "?torrent" query
string parameter at the end of the REST GET request for the object." Yes, this is awesome!
2009 May 13, 10:35
In my first linear algebra book they had examples of linear tranformations applied to an image of a cartoon sheep. The fist example was a shear mapping.
2009 May 1, 11:25
Seems like this would be a good gift for someone. "...all of the characters ever played by William Shatner are suddenly sucked into our world. Their mission: hunt down and destroy the real William
Shatner. Featuring: Captain Kirk, TJ Hooker, Denny Crane, Rescue 911 Shatner, Singer Shatner, Shakespearean Shatner, Twilight Zone Shatner, Cartoon Kirk, Esperanto Shatner, Priceline Shatner, SNL
Shatner, and - of course - William Shatner!"
2009 Apr 8, 10:40
A good gift for a particular subset of people I know. "Also has commentary from Limoncelli and some other internet gods. Worth many geek points - full of lulz!!"