Thursday, November 15, 2012

Link roundup

1.  The two-time failure of Glitch is a useful reminder that success on the internet is more like hitting the jackpot on a slot machine than executing a brilliant strategic plan.

2.  In light of Skyfall, it's funny to read an article about current efforts to exterminate rats infesting an island (the Galapagos):

helicopters will start to drop nearly 22 tons of a specially designed rat poison bait on the island. The poison, which was developed by Bell Laboratories in the U.S., are only appealing to rats, and the blue cubes dissolve in about a week. Moreover, so as to not create toxic rat carcases, the poison will cause the dead rats to dry up and disintegrate in less than eight days.
3. Yesterday, "Roscosmos, Russia's space agency, had lost contact with its satellites -- all of them. Which meant, as well, that it had lost contact with the International Space Station, and with the cosmonauts who call it home. . . . While doing repair work on the Shchyolkovsky Highway outside of Moscow, a construction team severed a cable. And it turned out, unfortunately, to be the cable." Via.

4.  Kotaku reviewed the major Wii U launch games. "[I]s New Super Mario Bros. U worth buying a Wii U for? I really don't think so. This is not a killer app." "It's hard to assess how good or flawed Nintendo Land is. It's mostly a well-made if complicated game. If it's supposed to hook people on a convoluted console, it may falter."  (Looks like you could turn a nice profit scalping a system though, if the prices at ebay are any indication.)