Tag Archives: COINS

Watching Big Brother

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Public.Resource.Org. Similarly, in the UK, the Government has recently launched the massive COINS database, giving anyone who cares to look an incredibly detailed look at UK Government expenditure.

A wolf in Google’s clothing

All this is great, but just releasing this information does not necessarily change much. The problem is that the information available on any one of these sites is so vast, that even if I never slept another wink, I would never get through it. It means in …

Tags: Barack Obama COINS crowdsourcing government data Julian Assange Public.Resource.Org Wikileaks Wolfram Alpha


Gaming the system: how rewards affect performance

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… games is rewards. Checkmate the king – win a chess trophy; explode a bad guy – collect the coins (plus if it’s multiplayer, you get the added buzz of annihilating friends and family).

While such reward systems seem straightforward, the rationale behind them can be incredibly complicated. Should rewards be physical or emotional? Intrinsic or extrinsic? Predictable level-ups or unpredictable Easter eggs? With the rapid spread of gamification into business, developing reward systems …


The business of business cards

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… in the cards than I am, but because completing the task will, for example, win them extra coins to buy virtual carrots. And I mean, why not, if that makes both of us happier at the office.


Flattery will get you everywhere

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… it is reasonable to assume that many of those who watched it would have gladly left a few coins to the team as a token of their appreciation. As discussed in an earlier post, the best way to make a donation over the internet is still through PayPal, a system many people consider either intimidating or too much hassle. This psychological barrier means even enthusiastic fans of a creation often hesitate when it comes to deciding if and how much to donate. Is PayPal, then, the best …


Small Change, Big Difference

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Imagine strolling outside at night with a date you really like. Dinner went well, your jokes were funny and you think the two of you connected. But the conversation has stalled. Now, muscling its way into your evening is an awkward silence.

Desperate to find something to talk about, you gaze towards the starry heavens for inspiration. Just when all seems lost, it hits …