by Mike Masnick
Fri, Sep 9th 2011 10:37am
Wed, Dec 4th 2013 8:50am
Closes: 24 Dec 2013, 11:59PM PT
We've all seen the digital panic that ensues when a massive service like Gmail or Facebook goes down for even a small portion of users. Smaller versions of the same thing take place every day with services that are less widely adopted but just as important to the people who rely on them. It doesn't even take an outage to cause problems — frequent slowdowns and interruptions can quickly cause a massive productivity traffic jam. With the degree to which we live our lives and do our work online, service problems are much more than a minor inconvenience, and at the wrong moment can be a disaster.
So we want to know: how does this impact the way you use the web? Are you prepared for interruptions in the online apps and services you use most? Have you ever abandoned an app for spotty performance, or adopted one specifically for its reliability? We're looking for everything in the way of insights, anecdotes and ideas about performance issues online.
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by Michael Ho
Thu, Mar 17th 2011 5:00pm
from the urls-we-dig-up dept
- Hans Rosling's "classic" Ted talk on global health statistics is one of the best demonstrations of infographics ever. Google acquired that Trendalyzer software, but making your own animated bubble charts isn't quite as entertaining. [url]
- Here's an interesting graph comparing 'deaths per kWh' for a variety of energy technologies. Nuclear power's very low fatality rate seems debatable, though. And if coal mining deaths are counted, then it'd also be nice to see a comparison of the dangers of coal mining versus uranium mining... [url]
- The Economist tried crowdsourcing a version of its Big Mac index and came up with some pricing data within the US & China. Really, though, these graphs probably just tell you where the most Economist readers live. [url]
- An analysis of the world's billionaires creates some neat graphs. The graphs aren't that pretty, but the top 5 individuals with the highest age-to-wealth ratio is an interesting ranking. [url]
- To discover more stuff on research & research tools, check out what's currently floating around the StumbleUpon universe. [url]