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Four short links: 11 August 2011

Bad Web Sites, Gold Farming for Evil, Sensing Bicyclists, and Javascript Statistics

  1. Why Restaurant Web Sites Are So BadThe rest of the Web long ago did away with auto-playing music, Flash buttons and menus, and elaborate intro pages, but restaurant sites seem stuck in 1999.
  2. North Korean Government Partly Funded by Gold Farming (Gamasutra) — alleges a special group of hackers built automation software for MMOs and sent part of their profits back home.
  3. Pleasanton Protects Bicyclists with Microwave (Mercury News) — no, not by pre-emptive cooking. The device monitors the intersection and can differentiate between vehicles and bicyclists crossing the road and either extends or triggers the light if a cyclist is detected.
  4. jStat — a Javascript statistical library.
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    Wow, the first link about bad restaurant sites: spot on and quite well written. Entertaining read for sure. I don’t think restaurants have huge demand for good websites quite yet, but the potential is enormous for greater interactivity with customers: placing orders, scanning menus, and reserving seats online; checking how busy the restaurant is; etc. Whoever gets on board first may just strike gold.