Here’s a guy who managed to spend his entire life savings—$2,600—on a failed attempt to win a $300 Xbox Kinect during a carnival game. ”For once in my life, I happened to become that sucker,” said the man, in the understatement of the year. At least he won a banana with dreadlocks. (ht Gawker)
Datagram, the ISP whose Manhattan servers host BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Gawker, and other sites, has lost power, an official there told us via text this evening.
“Basement flooded, fuel pump off line - we got people working on it now. 5 feet of water now,” the official wrote.
BuzzFeed’s site and story page are back online, thanks to a Content Delivery Network, Akamai, which hosts the content at servers distributed around the world.
FIVE FEET OF WATER took down three of the biggest new-media sites on the internet. At the same time. Think about how crazy that is.
lead-andjelly says: Is there a reason you don’t actually, y’know, use his name?
» SFB says: Because we want people to actually click the links and read the full story. The link was a “teaser.” — Ernie @ SFB
Most news sites have come to treat comments as little more than a necessary evil, a kind of padded room where the third estate can vent, largely at will, and tolerated mainly as a way of generating pageviews. This exhausted consensus makes what Gawker is doing so important.Noted technological genius Clay Shirky • On the value of Gawker’s new commenting system, which he says serves “the people reading the comments, rather than the people writing them.” Gawker’s commenting system avoids the traditional route of giving everyone’s comments equal weight, and it also avoids the route of having regulars dominate every single conversation. Rather, it focuses the conversation on the two or three best comments, with Shirky noting that this approach runs against what usually happens — where the guy on the soapbox, not the site itself, calls the shots. Is this the right way to go? It’s certainly interesting, either way.