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19 clicks of seperation

Barbara Shapiro writes \"Fascinating article about how the Web is developing same structure as plant life. Here at the Seattle Times\"

This is a really neat article that claims the average degree of seperation on the web is 19 clicks. If you buy the 6 degrees theory, this is very similar.

Thus was born the \"19 clicks of separation\" theory of
the Web. This scientific effort to size the Web has
helped reveal the organic way in which the global
network is growing.

Like the celebrated \"six degrees of separation\" that
supposedly can connect any two people on the planet,
researchers at the University of Notre Dame recently
estimated that any two randomly selected sites on the
Web are connected, on average, by 19 clicks.
The Notre Dame team says, on average, you can get
from one site on the Web to any other randomly
selected site in about 19 clicks.

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Crackers still at it

One of Many Stories on the recent wave of DOS attacks on major web sites.

News.com also has a nice Wrap up story that explains how this kind of thing happens.

The weapons used to execute \"denial of service\" attacks, which crippled major Web sites this week, have existed in rudimentary form for decades. But security experts say several effective assault tools that help automate the launch of such attacks have been released only recently.

With names like Trinoo, Tribal Flood Network and Stacheldraht (German for \"barbed wire\"), these tools take advantage of otherwise innocent computers connected to the global network to launch a vast flood of traffic at their targets.

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The Slashdot Effect

Slashdot.org is the inspiration for lisnews.com (as some of you were nice enough to point out). Forbes has a fantastic Story Here on slashdot, and the hordes of readers they have. If you\'ve ever visited slashdot, this story will be worth a read.

With an active readership estimated to be as high as 700,000--staggering by new-media standards--Slashdot has become a Web leviathan. \"[For] geeks like me,\" he chuckles, \"Slashdot is different. People who are just like you comment on it--people who actually know sometimes what they\'re talking about.\"

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Ebay hit with antitrust suit

infodude writes \"Auction aggregator Bidder\'s Edge has filed an antitrust lawsuit against eBay Inc., charging that the auction giant engages in unfair business practices and is trying to monopolize the online auction market.

The Computer World Article \"

EBay is trying to stop Bidder\'s Edge from accessing eBay and then placing eBay product and price information on its own site. In addition, eBay\'s lawsuit alleges that Bidder\'s Edge, which lists information from numerous auction sites, engages in unfair business practices and computer fraud.

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Information Seeking on the web

First Monday, \"A Peer reviewed Journal\", has a short study on how people search. See it HERE,

This paper presents findings from a study of how knowledge workers use the Web to seek external information as part of their daily work. Thirty-four users from seven companies took part in the study. Participants were mainly IT specialists, managers, and research/marketing/consulting staff working in organizations that included a large utility company, a major bank, and a consulting firm.

The research presented here suggests that people who use the Web as an information resource to support their daily work activities engage in a range of complementary modes of information seeking, varying from undirected viewing that does not pursue a specific information need, to formal searching that retrieves focused information for action or decision making.

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Latest Innovations in Web Search Technology

Andrew Goodman wrote in to point out an interesting series from Traffick.com \"A Six-part series on innovations in web searching begins this week. At Traffick.com

First instalment is on \"popularity engines.\"
Here

For the next six weeks: (1) popularity engines; (2) better meta-search; (3) meaning-based search; (4) natural language interfaces; (5) on the labor-intensive side, live human help that finds you information while you wait; and finally (6) pay-for-placement search engines.

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Yahoo Was Hacked

YAHOO! was down on
2/7/99 due a denial of service attack.
News.com has The
story.

These pranks have generally targeted much
smaller sites to date. But
Yahoo\'s outage today shows that even Internet giants with
ostensibly
enormous networking resources are not immune from such
attac

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Incorrect Internet Health Information

Chris Rodas writes \"Yahoo Health

Summarizes an article from PEDIATRICS about a study done in Italy on the accuracy of medical information on pediatric health sites.

Kind of scary!

\"Of the 19 Web pages that contained information on cough in children, 10 pages received a negative score for the quality of health information supplied because they contained more incorrect than correct information. None of the pages fulfilled all the criteria, five pages didn\'t show the name of the author, and only two pages revealed the date the information was last updated, which is important to include because rapid changes in health care recommendations make frequent updates necessary.\"

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Is Usenet Becoming Yesterdays News?

The Washington Post has a very interesting Article on how Usenet newsgroups are being used less and less.

For many Usenet denizens, this low-tech meeting place is an effective resource for person-to-person advice. \"My main use of Usenet . . . is consumer research,\" e-mailed Maria Post Rublee, a doctoral student at George Washington University and a regular in the misc.consumers.frugal-living, dc.dining, rec.food.cooking and rec.birds newsgroups. \"What Usenet adds is the real-life \'scoop\' that you won\'t get in books or magazines.\"

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Everyone is an expert on the web

The NYTimes has a story on the proliferation of so called expert sites on the web. They liken it to a virtual library, with out the \"intimidation\".

\"I think sometimes people are looking to avoid going to a professional,\" Mr. Russo said. \"Sometimes it\'s easier to not be face to face with someone.\" Visitors to most of these expert sites can disguise their identities by adopting screen names and can even choose to have their questions and answers hidden from public view.

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