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Comment: Wikipedia is convenient, not accurate (Score 4, Insightful) 183

by QuietLagoon (#49484651) Attached to: How Many Hoaxes Are On Wikipedia? No One Knows
The popularity of Wikipedia is due more to the convenience of citing an article in it, and not necessarily the accuracy of those articles. You can usually be assured that, no matter the topic, there's an article on the topic in Wikipedia, and that google will return a link to that article near or at the top of search results.

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It is easy to use Wikipedia,

It is that ease to use, rather than accuracy, that has made Wikipedia as popular as it is.

Comment: ...Wikipedia has "atrophied" since 2007... (Score 3, Insightful) 183

by QuietLagoon (#49484623) Attached to: How Many Hoaxes Are On Wikipedia? No One Knows

... Included is also a chart showing that editing participation in Wikipedia has "atrophied" since 2007 ... As Kohs says, "I think this has proved, beyond a reasonable doubt, that it's not fair to say Wikipedia is 'self-correcting.'"...

I could have told you that, and have been telling you that.

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The big problem with Wikipedia is that in spite of what the publicity says, it is only a small number of people who contribute, and a surprisingly large number of those people have an agenda for what they edit.

imo, with Wikipedia, truth is not the goal. A certain point of view is the goal.

Comment: Netflix recommendations (Score 3) 210

I've not seen any reason to think that the Netflix recommendations are anything to write home about, or even watch.

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The Netflix recommendations I'm watched were out of my range of likes and/or taste.

So, based upon my experience with the Netflix recommendation algorithm, I'd be wary of this new application.

Comment: Re:Enough eyeballs and heartbleed ... (Score 1) 58

by QuietLagoon (#49409757) Attached to: Are Bug Bounties the Right Solution For Improving Security?

... Just last month we learned that NTP...

NTP.org is its own problem. Even when there was more than a single person maintaining it, the development looked less than favorably upon code improvement suggestions from the community.

... I do believe that there is a tendency associated with [open source] to take certain things for granted....

You've hit on the main problem. It is not open source, per se, as you imply in your message. It is community involvement.

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Where you have a community that is involved and stays involved, bugs are shallow. When you have a community, such as NTP.org, where suggestions are pushed away, bugs become very deep.

Comment: Re:Enough eyeballs and heartbleed ... (Score 1) 58

by QuietLagoon (#49409427) Attached to: Are Bug Bounties the Right Solution For Improving Security?

...Most of the shit we all use, trust and take for granted was coded in someone's basement over the weekend a long time ago. ...

... and the code written in nice air-conditioned offices in Redmond, Washington has shown itself to be so much more secure over the years ....

Whoever dies with the most toys wins.

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