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Comment: Re:Not all subjects... (Score 2, Interesting) 439

by Pommpie (#26603175) Attached to: Edit-Approval System Proposed For English-Language Wikipedia

If you remember when semi-protection was introduced, it was only going to apply on a short-term basis to the barest number of pages.

If you're browsing major topics on Wikipedia sometime, glance in the upper-right-hand corner at the silver lock which means that the page is semi-protected. It's gotten so common that they took to using a little generic icon instead of a text snippet explaining what's going on.

Why? Because some admin decides that His Way is the Only Way. And there we are. It'll happen here too, mark my words.

Comment: The problem isn't rampaging deletionists (Score 1) 439

by Pommpie (#26601681) Attached to: Edit-Approval System Proposed For English-Language Wikipedia

The problem is that Wikipedia can't decide what its focus is. It can't decide whether or not it's an encyclopaedia that focuses subjects of universal importance with a large number of eyes on each subject, or a central clearinghouse for pop culture and trivialities.

So what you end up with is what we have: patches of admin and users on each side defending their own little piece of ideological turf and leading to a heinously uneven project that ranges from brilliant to utterly useless.

Comment: Re:Whoa (Score 1) 122

by Pommpie (#25510219) Attached to: DRM-Free Classic Games Store Opens To Public

Most of them advertise XP/Vista compatability, but that's not always entirely true. Freespace and Freespace 2, for example, say that they work with XP and Vista and do so long as your computer doesn't have more than three gigabytes of RAM. Their support was unhelpful as well: I sent in the bug report, got one message back asking me a question, I sent back an answer, and never heard from them again.

I eventually found the cause of the problem via Google, luckily. Now, in this particular case the Freespace open source project meant that I could play it anyway, but it's something to bear in mind when you're dropping six bucks on 'Redneck Rampage'.

KDE

+ - KDE publishes 4.0 roll out time line

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elkosmas
elkosmas writes "Desktop Linux reports: On March 21, KDE e.V, the non-profit organization behind the popular KDE desktop environment, announced its schedule to complete its next version, 4.0. If all goes well, we should see a release of KDE 4.0 this Fall. As the schedule stands now, on April 1, all KDE subsystems will be frozen. Then, on May 1, KDE will release the first Alpha in source-code only format. At the same time, the kdelibs API will be "soft-frozen." By this the developers mean that changes can be made to this cross-platform library, but only with the consent of the core developers. Presuming that no show-stopper bugs appear in these close-to-final test releases, KDE 4.0 will appear on Oct. 23, 2007."
The Internet

+ - Make a viral video, lose your job

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Raul654
Raul654 writes "Philip de Vellis, the author of the Hilary Clinton viral video was outed today on the Huffington Post. The company he works for, Blue State Digital, has now fired him as a result. Said Vellis: "I made the 'Vote Different' ad because I wanted to express my feelings about the Democratic primary, and because I wanted to show that an individual citizen can affect the process.""
Music

+ - RIAA Balks at Complying with Order for Documents

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NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "When the RIAA was ordered to turn over its attorneys billing records to the defendant's lawyer in Capitol v. Foster, there was a lot of speculation that they would never comply with the order. As it turns out they have indeed balked at compliance with the order, saying that they are preparing a motion for protective order seeking confidentiality (something they could have asked for, but didn't ask for, in their opposition papers to the initial motion). Not having any of that, Ms. Foster's lawyer has now made a motion to compel their compliance with the Court's March 15th order."

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