If you’ve been heads down at work, busy giving up or down boats on Reddit, or having a blast playing Team Fortress 2 on Steam (yes, we are fans!), then you might have missed some of these chilling stories that crossed our radars this week.
The sheer horror of some them may foretell of an upcoming Zombie apocalypse but we’ll let you be the judge of that. Here are 5 stories as part of this week’s Software Quality Mashup:
1. My boss decided to add a “person to blame” field to every bug report. How can I convince him that it’s a bad idea? - We really related to this awesome thread from StackExchange. Frankly, we were most concerned about what could’ve happened to “Mr. Lumbergh” when he sent out that memo.
2. Firefox dev: “Everybody hates Firefox updates” - Is this another nail in FF’s coffin? Not necessarily, but even if the developer’s claim no longer holds true, the vibe out there is not good. Even with a somewhat steady market share, 98% of Firefox’s revenue comes from search royalties. Should they be afraid?
Graph credit: ArsTechnica
3. Big Data Tools Could Crash Amazon Pricing: Report - Could an automated bid war between marketplace resellers cause a widespread implosion in prices on Amazon? It’s scary to think that it could happen!
4. GigaOm: Hadoop Days Are Numbered… Are They? - This post by Nikita Ivanov (@gridgrain) caught our eye by calling out the alarmist misconceptions about Hadoop. The widespread confusion about Hadoop’s role and its applicability gives Ivanov the shivers.
5. How Will Your Website Perform this Holiday Season? - Our gratuitous, self-plug article for the week is scary for two reasons. 1) It’s the middle of July and we are thinking about the holiday season. 2) According Forrester Research, retailers are OK with end-users having a sluggish experience. No! That spells doom for all of us!
Bonus story: Former Social Media Star, Digg Sells for $500,000 - The higher they rise, the harder they fall. The latest word is that the $500K figure is misleading because it does not account for the stock part of the deal. What’s frightening, though, is the speed of Digg’s demise. R.I.P. till you are resurrected.
Photo credit: BusinessWeek
OK, so not all of these stories are scary. But if you are ever worried about a Zombie apocolypse, just remember to: Take car. Go to Mum’s. Kill Phil, grab Liz, go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all of this to blow over!
Have a great weekend!