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Re: eevBLAB #25 - IEEE Maker Contest Extreme FAIL!
« Reply #25 on: September 05, 2016, 06:59:23 pm »
$500 is a pretty pathetic prize for the IEEE
Looks to me like they're just trying jump onto the (10 year old) bandwagon & show they're trendy & not an outdated dinosaur organization...
At Maker Faire they had a pathetic stand with a guy ( In a suit as I recall) showing off a label printer connected to a Raspberry Pi...
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Re: eevBLAB #25 - IEEE Maker Contest Extreme FAIL!
« Reply #26 on: September 05, 2016, 07:10:34 pm »
Turns out there is no prize for community voting!
It actually judged! but they do encourage community voting:

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All are invited to participate in voting for their favorite project online at IEEE Transmitter and share links to their projects on social media with the hashtag #IEEEMakerProject. Community members may vote once a day until September 17, 2016.

Why bother for a lousy $500/$150/$50 voucher prize?

https://www.ieee.org/about/news/2016/17may_2016.html
 

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Re: eevBLAB #25 - IEEE Maker Contest Extreme FAIL!
« Reply #27 on: September 05, 2016, 10:25:51 pm »
239,413

Plus there are a few more similarly themed projects along the lines of 'the system is broken'.


I'm glad the judging is separate to the 'Like' stats.



..... and the site is still painfully slow.
 

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Re: eevBLAB #25 - IEEE Maker Contest Extreme FAIL!
« Reply #28 on: September 05, 2016, 10:44:42 pm »
With a little push from EEVblog, India strikes back! Too funny.
 

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Re: eevBLAB #25 - IEEE Maker Contest Extreme FAIL!
« Reply #29 on: September 06, 2016, 05:36:16 am »
Took a look this morning and it looks like they removed all the projects that were trying to game the system.

http://transmitter.ieee.org/makerproject/?keyword=&sort=popular&category=all
 

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Re: eevBLAB #25 - IEEE Maker Contest Extreme FAIL!
« Reply #30 on: September 06, 2016, 08:06:45 am »
Oh look.... a notice.
 

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Re: eevBLAB #25 - IEEE Maker Contest Extreme FAIL!
« Reply #31 on: September 06, 2016, 08:44:51 am »
Seems no one can vote at all and they've rolled back the votes to just before the voting script was posted?
 

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Re: eevBLAB #25 - IEEE Maker Contest Extreme FAIL!
« Reply #32 on: September 06, 2016, 08:50:37 am »
#1 is now Radu's uRAD monitor
 

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Re: eevBLAB #25 - IEEE Maker Contest Extreme FAIL!
« Reply #33 on: September 06, 2016, 09:22:51 am »
I can't believe that IEEE made such a big mistake and forgot to think about this kind of vulnerabilities. But in the same time I'm happy that Radu Motisan's uRADMonitor made it to the 1st place. He deserves it! I know, there is no prize for community voting, but the 1st place is the 1st place... I am a happy uRADMonitor owner since february 2014 (1200000A).
 

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Re: eevBLAB #25 - IEEE Maker Contest Extreme FAIL!
« Reply #34 on: September 06, 2016, 09:24:14 am »
It's fairly evident that whoever setup that website is very, very inexperienced.  Not only did they screw up the voting system, it seems that their text import system can't handle anything outside of alpha numeric characters, it just replaces them with a '?' symbol.

For example, it's becomes it?s, can't becomes can?t etc etc
 

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Re: eevBLAB #25 - IEEE Maker Contest Extreme FAIL!
« Reply #35 on: September 06, 2016, 09:51:31 am »
Funny part is all this happened over the US weekend, so 9am Monday the IEEE people running the contest get to work then...
Shiiiitt.  :palm:
 

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Re: eevBLAB #25 - IEEE Maker Contest Extreme FAIL!
« Reply #36 on: September 06, 2016, 10:02:54 am »
It's fairly evident that whoever setup that website is very, very inexperienced.  Not only did they screw up the voting system, it seems that their text import system can't handle anything outside of alpha numeric characters, it just replaces them with a '?' symbol. [...]

This happens when companies / organizations are hiring only cheap (and unexperienced) "professionals" and / or when the deadlines are hard to reach. :-BROKE
 

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Re: eevBLAB #25 - IEEE Maker Contest Extreme FAIL!
« Reply #37 on: September 06, 2016, 01:05:32 pm »
You now need to validate your vote with an email address and a confirmation link.

I voted for the uRad..... properly.

(Some sound following robot was ahead.)
« Last Edit: September 06, 2016, 01:10:43 pm by Brumby »
 

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Re: eevBLAB #25 - IEEE Maker Contest Extreme FAIL!
« Reply #38 on: September 06, 2016, 02:33:59 pm »
You now need to validate your vote with an email address and a confirmation link.
I voted for the uRad..... properly.

Yep, they have beefed up security around the WOPR

 

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Re: eevBLAB #25 - IEEE Maker Contest Extreme FAIL!
« Reply #39 on: September 06, 2016, 04:26:45 pm »
This was something they brought upon themselves by not taking even minimal steps to prevent. This was a lesson on internet polls/voting that was learned back in the mid-90's. Definitely worth a facepalm and a hearty laugh.
 

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Re: eevBLAB #25 - IEEE Maker Contest Extreme FAIL!
« Reply #40 on: September 06, 2016, 05:21:49 pm »
it was about time someone noticed that, we've sent notifications, we've sent warnings and nothing. Then we begun screwing with the top projects by generating their votes +1. We did that on 3 different ocasions hoping someone would notice. Still nothing, then we got bored and dropped it
 

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Re: eevBLAB #25 - IEEE Maker Contest Extreme FAIL!
« Reply #41 on: September 06, 2016, 10:41:55 pm »
After rolling back to an earlier vote state, it appears with the new system that all votes have been reset.  The uRad project for example had ~4000 votes, it's now on 201 votes in 2nd place.
 

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Re: eevBLAB #25 - IEEE Maker Contest Extreme FAIL!
« Reply #42 on: September 07, 2016, 01:08:37 am »
They should be ashamed of themselves for not following their own rigorous standards.
 

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Re: eevBLAB #25 - IEEE Maker Contest Extreme FAIL!
« Reply #43 on: September 07, 2016, 02:01:32 am »
#1 is now Radu's uRAD monitor

that deserves a prize I kinda want one of those, guess I need to google and see if it can be bought
 

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Re: eevBLAB #25 - IEEE Maker Contest Extreme FAIL!
« Reply #44 on: September 07, 2016, 03:44:16 am »
Well... we have a problem!   :clap:

//Oh,  sorry, someone already posted. My bad.
 

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Re: eevBLAB #25 - IEEE Maker Contest Extreme FAIL!
« Reply #45 on: September 07, 2016, 11:24:46 pm »
#1 is now Radu's uRAD monitor

Not any more. It's being beaten x 4 by a suggestion to use a raspberry pi for remote industrial monitoring.

A fine student project but not going to fly in an industrial user where a) they want something reliable and b) they already have perfectly good remote interfaces from all of the usual automation vendors.
 


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