Wednesday, May 27, 2009

moot wins, Time Inc. loses

a blog about music technology by Paul Lamere
This morning published the final result for their annual TIME 100 Poll.  Time reports  that the new owner of the title 'Worlds's most influential person, is moot'. What TIME doesn't say is that their poll was so totally manipulated that the results of the poll are not an indication of who is the most influential, but instead they stand as a monument to Time's incompetence.


Looking at the poll results we see clear evidence of the hack.  The first letters of the top 21 finalists in the poll spell out 'Marblecake, also the game'. Evidence of precision hackery for anyone to see.  And yet, Time says they rebuffed all attempts to hack the poll. Quoting from the time article:  "'s technical team did detect and extinguish several attempts to hack the vote".    Which leads me to wonder whether is being dishonest or is just plain incompetent. Considering Hanlon's razor , I have to go with incompetence.  (And if you have any doubt about Time's incompetence, take a close look at the Poll.  Notice that Oprah Winfrey and Ratan Tata have the exact same number of votes. That's because they both shared the same ID in the poll.  A vote for either one was a vote for the other. Same goes for Michael Bloomberg and Gustavo Dudamel. If you vote for one, you vote for the other.)

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