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I've been interested in online reputation systems ever since reading Cory Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom which featured "Whuffie", the reputation-based currency of the book's post-scarcity world. Now a new service, Karma, is positioning itself as an aggregation system for social capital.

I thought my day was complete when I received an email this morning which promised me a “positive unboxing experience”. Well, I thought, that’s the ridiculous quota for the day filled right up! Turns out I was wrong, private sector nonsense isn’t a patch on public sector nonsense.

When writing copy a certain amount of truthiness plus fun beats unvarnished truth every time. The non-story of NASA's efforts to develop a "space pen" is a prime example.

Fellow member of the Board of the XMPP Standards Foundation, Adam Brault, makes an interesting suggestion to move XMPP forward ..... stop using it! OK, I may be exaggerating but it's still interesting.