This week's victim is Charles Yu, whose debut novel, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, was released earlier this month from Random House. WIRED magazine calls it a book "that defies classification--think Neil Gaiman, China Mieville."
This week, Scribd sent an e-mail communication to its users regarding its "Archive" program (see Evil Wylie's previous story here). Scribd users were angry that they had not been notified about the program or given an option to opt their documents out of the program, and the e-mail is an indication that Scribd is listening to their user community.
Scribd is retroactively characterizing the program as a "beta test"--although the Archive feature was not labeled as "beta" or "test" on their website when it was rolled out earlier this July. Here's part of the e-mail that was sent out this past week:
Recently, we launched a beta test of a premium feature called "The Scribd Archive" that allows people to download certain archived content for a fee.... As a valued member of the Scribd author community, you will always be notified about new Scribd features, and we hope that you were not caught off guard by this test....
I think we should all start using the "beta test" excuse now when we're caught being bad. Here are some example scenarios pulled straight from the headlines:
COP: Is that cocaine in your purse?
PARIS HILTON: Why yes it is...but I was just "beta testing" it!
LADY GAGA: I'm wearing a meat dress.
EVERYONE IN THE WORLD: That's actually pretty disgusting.
LADY GAGA: It's okay! I'm just "beta testing" it!
How would YOU use the "beta test" excuse?
Oh wait, he already did.
Anyhow, here's 50 Cent on the value of education (via his Twitter feed):
Most people think having a bachelors degree or a masters equates to there level of intelligence I think it reflects there ability to retain Information short term. You know long enough to pass a test. They don't apply it if they did we would be over populated with successful People. even the professors teaching business in college who seems to know everything would be to rich and to busy to teach there class. I'm not saying it doesn't mean anything but it doesn't mean everything.
Don't let his grammar throw you off. As 50 says, "any sucker can press spell check [sic]. Maybe I miss spell [sic] things on purpose. Maybe I use profanity to appear less intelligent."
Security experts are warning Twitter users to stay off of Twitter.com today:
Repent! Flee! Social accessory Twitter has been besieged by a virus that sends you to porn and makes your Twitter Tweet automatically, simply by mousing-over a link, no clicking needed!
UPDATE: Mashable reports: Twitter tells us this morning's security vulnerability has been "fully patched and is no longer exploitable" as of 10am ET.
Barnes & Noble's new "PubIt" self-e-publishing program makes some pretty big claims for authors:
- Publishing is as "easy as 1-2-3"
- "Live the dream"
- "Don't forget about us when you're Big Time!"
(via Mike Cane)