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The Cure for Information Overload

Zonk posted about 8 years ago | from the technological-success-story dept.

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Ged writes "Those librarian blogerati have done it again: they've just discovered 'The Cure for Information Overload'. It's a very elegant formula if you ask me, with obvious SRU/SRW applications, and maybe even TLA ramifications. I'm not sure about all of the conclusions, but it sure is an interesting theory."

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Yay for Ponies!!! (5, Informative)

Toast10101 (875553) | about 8 years ago | (#15043192)

OMG!!! An informative and interesting first post!!!

The informative and interesting part: Ponies are little horsies.

Re:Yay for Ponies!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15043269)

oh gawd...thanks for sharing....ugh, like too much inFORmation...gawd

Escape! (3, Funny)

tehshen (794722) | about 8 years ago | (#15043193)

If you're suffering from information overload, the last place you want to be is here.

Soooo many stories...

Re:Escape! (1)

JamesTRexx (675890) | about 8 years ago | (#15043258)

Looks like many are already avoiding this place. The number of comments with each story posted today is dropping.

Re:Escape! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15043287)

Soooo many stories...

So little time each year!

It's like the superbowl for, err, australians: WTF is going on!? I thought you said football. This is so wrong and backward.

Recursive (0, Redundant)

The Lerneaen Hydra (885793) | about 8 years ago | (#15043201)

Link, points to link, points to link, points to link, points to ad, or wait, there was a link there, points to link... ad infinitum. And this was supposed to help information overload how???? I didn't even see any pink ponies!! I want them!

Re:Recursive (2, Informative)

Bricklets (703061) | about 8 years ago | (#15043403)

yeah! i got the ad and i *thought* i had hit the end. nope, there was a link at the bottom...

i'm still clicking as we speak

GAH!!! (4, Funny)

deopmix (965178) | about 8 years ago | (#15043202)

I just want to read the article, it seems to keep linking to other links. I think that it's broken. Anybody got any suggestions??

I'm happy to help (4, Funny)

RedLaggedTeut (216304) | about 8 years ago | (#15043225)

I just want to read the article, it seems to keep linking to other links. I think that it's broken. Anybody got any suggestions??

Sure, here is a working link: http://tinyurl.com/ng69u [tinyurl.com]

Re:I'm happy to help (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15043352)

Just keep following the links,
the number of new sites that adblock
can learn about is worth the effort...

Re:I'm happy to help (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15043683)

Quite insightful, but a terrible fucking hiku.

Re:GAH!!! (1)

frovingslosh (582462) | about 8 years ago | (#15043405)

Right click on the link. Select "Follow links until final article is reached" from the pop-up menu. Note: this feature may not be available in all browsers, including IE.

The interesting questions are: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15043222)

Has anyone counted the number of links present now (no loops found yet) -- and does anyone know what comes _after_ slashdot?

Straight? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15043226)

Who the hell are the people tagging it straight?!

Petty homo's on /.

Re:Straight? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15043749)

Who the hell are the petty homophobes tagging everything gay?

Enough with the April Fool's Crap (0, Troll)

ThresholdRPG (310239) | about 8 years ago | (#15043229)

How about for next year's April Fool's joke, you just run the site normally.

Are you idiots aware yet that this is not funny any more (if it ever was).

Do you really think telling the same joke over and over makes it funny?

Re:Enough with the April Fool's Crap (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15043237)

It's still funny. Please go away.

Re:Enough with the April Fool's Crap (1)

JrbM689 (896692) | about 8 years ago | (#15043259)

Ok. Next year we will run the site normally, free of any and all humor. LOL JUST KIDDING !! HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY!

Re:Enough with the April Fool's Crap (1)

TeacherOfHeroes (892498) | about 8 years ago | (#15043265)

Oi! Settle down!

It's one day a year - if you really can't go that long without your slashdot fix and really can't take a joke, then maybe you have larger problems than "OMG!!! PONIES!!!"

Just take a breath and go do something else like read a book or play an RPG...

Re:Enough with the April Fool's Crap (0)

CRC'99 (96526) | about 8 years ago | (#15043301)

Posted by Zonk on 7:39 2nd April, 2006

It's one day a year - if you really can't go that long without your slashdot fix and really can't take a joke, then maybe you have larger problems than "OMG!!! PONIES!!!"

Looks like it's more than just one day... There is such a thing as flogging a dead horse... I believe we've passed that point quite some time ago...

Re:Enough with the April Fool's Crap (1)

TeacherOfHeroes (892498) | about 8 years ago | (#15043384)

Re:Enough with the April Fool's Crap (Score:2)
by CRC'99 (96526) on Saturday April 01, @05:03PM (#15043301)


I think its neat how you replied to this article before it was posted.

Besides, they're clearly flogging dead ponies, not horses

Re:Enough with the April Fool's Crap (3, Funny)

ettlz (639203) | about 8 years ago | (#15043270)

Look, it's the one day of the year that the Slashdot editors can get away with posting incoherent and/or unsubstantiated rubbish bearing little — if any — resemblance to the truth. So let them have their fun, OK?

Re:Enough with the April Fool's Crap (4, Funny)

TeacherOfHeroes (892498) | about 8 years ago | (#15043284)

it's the one day of the year that the Slashdot editors can get away with posting incoherent and/or unsubstantiated rubbish bearing little -- if any -- resemblance to the truth

You must be new here...

Re:Enough with the April Fool's Crap (2, Informative)

xilmaril (573709) | about 8 years ago | (#15043274)

Yes, actually. I've seen an extensive study on the subject of recursive humour, and it actually increases exponentially with each retelling. For more information, see here [blogspot.com].

Mirror (2, Insightful)

wildsurf (535389) | about 8 years ago | (#15043240)

Mirror [blogspot.com]

Re:Mirror (1)

wildsurf (535389) | about 8 years ago | (#15043513)

Wow. Whoever modded my post informative completely missed the joke. (Unless the mod itself was a joke...) I was going for +5 Redundant. :)

Re:Mirror (1)

wildsurf (535389) | about 8 years ago | (#15043840)

Ugh, to get to +5 Redundant, it has to be modded Underrated a few times as well... guess I shot myself in the foot with that one. Ah well, karma to burn.

Yo soy la persona del "karma whore" (0, Troll)

1053r (903458) | about 8 years ago | (#15043255)

List of 2006/april/1 pranks on sites: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_1%2C_2006 [wikipedia.org]

It's like a gigantic infinite loop... all those pages linking to one another... I've been clicking links for about 3 minutes now and still no article...

OMG! Yay! i'm, like, soooo finally insightful !!! ;p mod +5 insightful, lol!!1!! like, IM me: this-slashdot-ponies-theme-sucks-big-cajones@aol.c om n dont forget my myspace page, lol: myspace.com/~pleaseadminsitsalreadyreallygettingol dsopleasecutitoutandstartpostinginterestingstories lmao, lol ;) d-_-b

Tagging Beta (4, Insightful)

teknomage1 (854522) | about 8 years ago | (#15043257)

Is it necessary to tag every story as gay?

Re:Tagging Beta (2, Funny)

caffeination (947825) | about 8 years ago | (#15043278)

Just you wait, they're going to have to hardcode a block for this, because it's going to run and run and run. Anything we don't like from now on? GAY! And every time, the gay rights nutters will scuttle out from under the fridge to complain.

Re:Tagging Beta (1)

tabby (592506) | about 8 years ago | (#15043568)

Actually we come out of the closet to complain. Tom Cruise is in here. ;-)

Re:Tagging Beta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15043632)

Yeah, and the gay ladies in here want him out, he's converting too many of our number back.

Re:Tagging Beta (1)

DesireCampbell (923687) | about 8 years ago | (#15043344)

Yes it is. There's too much "queer positive" stuff nowadays.No one's alowwed to say anything's 'gay'.

Homosexuals aren't more special than me - I get to make fun of them just as much as I make fun of cripples and the ugly.

Re:Tagging Beta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15043595)

It depends on the intended context. If someone described something as being gay beacuse they thought it was happy, then there isn't a problem. However, if the intended meaning was that it was homosexual then that person is a moron since things without a sex cannot be homosexual. Simple really.

Re:Tagging Beta (1)

SpiritusGladius1517 (929800) | about 8 years ago | (#15043511)

Agreed. As a straight man, I have been disenfranchised for far too long (roughly 18 hours, by my calculations) by these gay tags. After all, is it so unlikely that these stories might prefer the company of stories that are not like them (read: interesting)?

Re:Tagging Beta (1)

Atzanteol (99067) | about 8 years ago | (#15043523)

I think they'll do it until all the up-tight slashdotters either leave or develop a sense of humor...

Enough Please (2)

aardwolf64 (160070) | about 8 years ago | (#15043268)

Ok guys... This has got to stop. RTFA at Wikipedia on April Fools... no jokes are supposed to be made after mid day. Sigh...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Fool's_Day [wikipedia.org]

Re:Enough Please (1)

oilisgood (161130) | about 8 years ago | (#15043375)

OMG FTFL.... In the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand the April 1 tradition exists, however it is accepted that if somebody pulls an April Fool's Trick after 12pm (mid-day), then the person pulling the trick is actually considered the fool (this caveat may also exist in other countries).

So, if you are in these countries please do not read /. anymore today or you will turn /. posters into CUTE LITTLE PONIES!! OMG!!

Re:Enough Please (1)

kelnos (564113) | about 8 years ago | (#15043392)

Er, the article you linked to says "In some countries, April Fools jokes must only be made before midday", without listing any countries, though it makes a reference to Australia later. It links to another article, which gives Ireland and Cypress as examples of countries where there aren't supposed to be jokes after midday. Doesn't sound like the majority of the world goes for this interpretation. I'd actually never heard of the after-midday "rule" until I started reading Slashdot a few years ago.

reverse (1)

mennucc1 (568756) | about 8 years ago | (#15043279)

does anyone how to play the game "reversed", that is, go up in the list of links?

Re:reverse (1)

mikiN (75494) | about 8 years ago | (#15043849)

Sure! (That is, if you trust Google to do the backtracking for you.)
Just follow the backlinks.
- Make a list of the link URL(s) you want to backtrack.
- For each link in your list, strip the "http://" part, add "link:" (drop the quotes, obviously) and feed what you're left with to Google.
- Make a list of the URL(s) that Google returns.
- (Optionally, retrieve the linked-to pages and scan the HTML source for the link URL to make sure the page is really a backlink. Be sure to also check for relative URLs.)
- Lather, rinse, repeat (or recurse, for that matter.) until you have no more links left or you grow tired of all this, whichever happens first.

I'm sure some bright mind can make a Perl script, Firefox plugin or whatever out of this, if this hasn't been done already.

Chill out (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15043285)

HAHA, you are all so serious. Chill out.

I can't get the source (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15043304)

OMG those bloggers just can't link to source.SO annoying
*click* *click* *click* *click* argggh

Best blonde joke ever (1)

arvindn (542080) | about 8 years ago | (#15043364)

I can't believe no one has mentioned The best blonde joke ever [burningbird.net], which was the original circular linking prank.

I'm also surprised a lot of posters seem to be seeing this sort of thing for the first time!

Re:Best blonde joke ever (1)

jc42 (318812) | about 8 years ago | (#15043397)

But that blonde joke only goes a few hops before repeating. Has anyone reached a loop point in "The Cure for Information Overload"? I went about 20 hops (I'm waiting for some rice to finish cooking ;-), and I didn't hit any repeats. Google says there are 235 matches for that phrase, but they probably didn't do the scan in the past 24 hours. Whoever organized (?) this one seems to have recruited a lot of people willing to extend the chain.

Re:Best blonde joke ever (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15044704)

Yeah, It was a long way in, but it looped eventually.

Best April Fool's joke so far (2)

mpontes (878663) | about 8 years ago | (#15043462)

Personally, I enjoyed this one. It illustrated well the nature of the Internet, someone finds something, links it to another person, that person links it again, repeat.

I loved the different blog personas and their comments. I don't know, call me stupid, but there's just something about it that I can't help finding fascinating.

Just like every day on digg (1)

PAPPP (546666) | about 8 years ago | (#15043469)

Wow. Now /. is posting stories as obfuscated by blogs as the average post on digg.

Best Joke (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15043529)

This is the best April Fool's joke I have seen today.

Reaction thread (1)

bar-agent (698856) | about 8 years ago | (#15043778)

Holy recursion, Batman!

I mean...like, omg, I clicked, like, 50 links? And I still don't know about that information overload thing, or whatever? But it just sounds so cool! I mean, like, my pony collection is totally out of control. But then my computer started making these beeping noises?

You can't count. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15043813)

I mean...like, omg, I clicked, like, 50 links?

FWIW, it's a circular linked list of about 32 or so.

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