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+ - Wiki - Future Knowledge Management System?

Submitted by
andrewok
andrewok writes "Wikipedia is the best known and the most visited wiki site on the web, currently ranking no. 12 on Alexa. But Wikipedia is not the only wiki — there are many other public wikis sites and wikis are also gaining popularity as enterprise knowledge management systems.

As a webmaster of BridgeArt.net, a portal devoted to online civil engineering community, I recently distributed electronic "wiki questionnaire" to learn more about what this specific online community knows about wiki and if it would be interested in its own specialized wiki. I received many interesting comments and surprisingly more than 80% of respondents would be in favor of a wiki site devoted specifically to the community.

I believe that the questionnaire results could be generalized to other online communities. And perhaps, wikis are indeed on their way to become the knowledge management systems of the future."
Programming

Journal: Ruby On Rails official wiki totally spammed

Journal by jodosha

In the last hours official Ruby On Rails wiki was totally spammed by automatic scripts. Now it's totally unusable, every page was defaced about 700 times.
The only way to read original version of a page is append '/versions/1' to the end of the url.
It was just created a discussion page, to solve the problem.

Encryption

Decryption Keys For HD-DVD Found, Confirmed 473

Posted by kdawson
from the house-of-cards dept.
kad77 writes "It appears that, despite skepticism, 'muslix64' was the real deal. Starting from a riddle posted on pastebin.com, members on the doom9 forum identified the Title key for the HD-DVD release 'Serenity.' Volume Unique Keys and Title keys for other discs followed within hours, confirming that software HD-DVD players, like any common program, store important run-time data in memory. Here's a link to decryption utility and sleuthing info in the original doom9 forum thread. The Fair Use crowd has won Round One; now how will the industry respond?"
Hardware Hacking

+ - Print Messages on your Beer

Submitted by
Migraineman
Migraineman writes "I stumbled upon a clever hack by Sprite. He reverse engineered the pin functions on an HP inkjet cartridge, and built a simple driver board that converts the cartridge into a hand-held inkjet printer. The driver board is programmed with a fixed message. Moving the "print head" is your responsibility, but it leads to some interesting applications. Printing messages on a whiteboard was the original inspiration, but printing messages on the foam head of a Guinness is just inspired."

CNET Accuses Apple of Over-Hyping Launch 382

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the bring-back-fireside-chats dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A columnist at CNET is questioning whether Apple over-hyped last week's launch. From the article: 'Jobs' announcement of a new leather case for the iPod was especially ridiculous. Like the queen announcing a new toaster in Buckingham Palace. It seemed odd that Jobs was troubling himself to introduce fashion accessories to Apple's products.' Is Apple a victim of its own success? Can it hold a low-profile product launch anymore -- or do we inevitably expect too much?"

Audio Broadcast Flag Introduced in Congress 200

Posted by Zonk
from the flagged-for-pvp dept.
Declan McCullagh writes "We found out in mid-2004 that the RIAA was lobbying the FCC for an audio version of the broadcast flag. But because a federal appeals court slapped down the FCC's video version last year, the RIAA needs to seek formal authorization from Congress. That process finally began today when the audio flag bill was introduced. It would hand the FCC the power to set standards and regulate digital and satellite radio receivers, and RIAA Chairman Mitch Bainwol says it strikes "a balance that's good for the music, good for the fans, and good for business." The text of the bill is available online."

Comment: Re:Doesn't validate... (Score 2, Informative) 748

by Hungry Student (#13621618) Attached to: Slashdot HTML 4.01 and CSS
W3C is perfectly stable, its taking issue with your non-quoted href attributes. Look at error # 12: "an attribute value must be a literal unless it contains only name characters."

As a general rule, quote all attributes, much more future-proof (XHTML requires all attributes be quoted), and much easier on the eyes when using a syntax-highlighting editor. FYI, I downloaded a snippet of your HTML, quoted the attributes, ran it back through the validator, and it validates (save for the lack of a doctype).

Hope this helps.

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