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Engineering Ideas - September 9th, 2010

I recently read two interesting articles, one by Thomas Baekdal on how the digital renting model is fundamentally flawed and the other by Wired on Thomas Edisons failed attempt to hijack the movie industry in the early 20th century. What immediately struck me was the similarity between how the established media giants now work much in the same way that Edison did 100 years ago (in large part due to DRM, user crippling licenes etc) and how that leaves room for a startup that actually caters to the needs of the consumers. Since I already have too many projects going right now I’m going to give this one away for free. Here’s my vision of uniTunes.


Scoring and Rating Systems

Engineering Ideas - July 6th, 2010

I’m working on a project that uses reviews and ratings and it got me thinking about scoring systems. The most widely adopted system is the five star ratings but I’m not really sure that it’s the best system out there, it’s confusing like many other systems. But is there a system that can give consistent ratings from a diverse group of users while keeping the rating threshold down?