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Wikipedia To Require Editing Approval 453

Posted by kdawson
from the knock-knock-who's-there-anonymous dept.
The NY Times reports on an epochal move by Wikipedia — within weeks, the formerly freewheeling encyclopedia will begin requiring editor approval for all edits to articles about living people. "The new feature, called 'flagged revisions,' will require that an experienced volunteer editor for Wikipedia sign off on any change made by the public before it can go live. Until the change is approved — or in Wikispeak, flagged — it will sit invisibly on Wikipedia's servers, and visitors will be directed to the earlier version. ... The new editing procedures... have been applied to the entire German-language version of Wikipedia during the last year... Although Wikipedia has prevented anonymous users from creating new articles for several years now, the new flagging system crosses a psychological Rubicon. It will divide Wikipedia's contributors into two classes — experienced, trusted editors, and everyone else — altering Wikipedia's implicit notion that everyone has an equal right to edit entries."
XBox (Games)

More Advertising in Your Next Xbox Game 278

Posted by samzenpus
from the this-level-boss-brought-to-you-by-coke dept.
ejwong writes "TheGameFeed is reporting on Microsoft's plans to offset Xbox360 game costs with more in game advertising under its subsidiary, Massive. In-game ads are gaining popularity and the wave isn't going to stop. Publishers see this as a huge potential for increased game revenues to help offset the rising development costs for the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii. The question is how far will they go, and how much are gamers willing to take?." From the article: "If you plan on picking up an Xbox 360 title this month, then you're probably picking up one with Massive's in-game ads. Titles such as Crackdown, Def Jam: Icon, MLB 2K7, and Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 are all part of the Massive network showing off ads from Dell, Intel, Discovery Channel, Intel, NBC, Verizon and even the Navy among others. "
IBM

IBM Targets UFOs, Ghosts, and Goblins With Search Tool 192

Posted by samzenpus
from the isn't-halloween-over dept.
coondoggie writes "IBM wants to help you find out if UFOs are real. Well, sort of. With UFO sightings seemingly on the rise, Big Blue is teaming with The Anomalies Network to offer UFO Crawler, a new search engine specifically tuned to search for information about the paranormal, unexplained or just plain bizarre. The search tool employs IBM's OmniFind Yahoo! Edition enterprise search software and the UFO Crawler should help users precisely target and gather information from relevant sources, including thousands of documents and files collected in the vast Anomalies Network archive, as well as multiple global resources across the Web on topics such as such as ghosts, conspiracy theories and extraterrestrials."
Microsoft

+ - Tech Talent on the Cheap?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Eric Chabrow of CIO Insight agrees with Bill Gates, who told the U.S. Senate on Wednesday that it makes no sense to open our universities to smart foreign nationals, educate them, and then keep them from working in our country. Says Chabrow: "The technology skills shortage here exists now, and we must act swiftly. To help meet that shortage, U.S. businesses find themselves either importing foreign talent — which is restricted by limits on the number of skilled professionals who can immigrate — or sending the work overseas in the form of offshore outsourcing. Where better to start alleviating the skills shortage than to allow foreign-born, U.S. educated I.T. pros to stay here and work to grow our economy? Better here than there."

His readers don't agree with him."
Portables

+ - AMD brings Xbox 360 tech to handhelds

Submitted by almondcookie
almondcookie (1069864) writes "AMD has announced a new set of tools so that developers can make new gaming content for a number of portable devices. This includes Rendermonkey, which is already used for making PC and console games, and Ars Technica believes that these new tools enable Microsoft to turn the Zune into a gaming handheld. From the article:

Judging by the capabilities that AMD claims for Imageon and by the screenshots on the Imageon site, you could instantly add quite a bit of functionality to Zune with the inclusion of one of those processors. Zune could pick up a camera, and the new version of Rendermonkey, when combined with Imageon's support for unified shaders, could make it easier for Xbox 360 developers to do Zune ports.
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Microsoft

'Gates for President' Group Gives Up 274

Posted by samzenpus
from the know-when-to-fold-them dept.
netbuzz writes "Dilbert creator Scott Adams had done his best to make this fantasy (or nightmare, depending on your point of view) a viable notion, but after three months of trying the group's leader has acknowledged that it's unlikely Gates will give up his current gig. They've tossed in the towel." Here is our original coverage of this ill-conceived plan.
Windows

+ - Microsoft's Security Claims Are Not A Contract

Submitted by
An anonymous reader writes "A judge has tossed out a suit against Microsoft brought by a convict who claimed that lax security in Windows and IE allowed the FBI to find an embarrassing porn stash on his hard drive, according to this story on InformationWeek.com. For non-convict, non-porno addicts, the significant part is that the judge ruled that Microsoft's boasts about its security don't represent a legally enforceable contract against which damages can be claimed."
Privacy

+ - Big Brother alive & well in Sweden

Submitted by
sharky
sharky writes "Sweden's government presented a plan Thursday to allow the government to use
data mining software to search for sensitive keywords in all phone and e-mail communication passing through cables or wires across the country's borders without a court order.

http://www.mlive.com/newsflash/michigan/index.ssf? /base/business-10/1173371950225620.xml&storylist=b usiness"
Space

+ - 50 ways to kill an asteroid

Submitted by
Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "It is almost certain that a big asteroid will one day land on Earth and provoke a huge catastrophe. This is why hundreds of scientists have attended the Planetary Defense Conference 2007, held this week in Washington, D.C., to try to develop plans to protect the Earth from such an asteroid. All these researchers have lots of ideas, some which look feasible, some not. Some of them want to destroy asteroids with nuclear weapons. Other scientists want to use a robotic tugboat to push a dangerous flying object out of the Earth's path. And others want to send unmanned robots to the asteroid, drill into it and send the debris into space to alter the course of the asteroid. And this is just a sample... Read more for additional details and an illustration showing one of the methods which could be used in the future to modify the orbit of an asteroid before it hits the Earth."
Slashdot.org

+ - CmdrTaco: 44th most important person on the Web

Submitted by floateyedumpi
floateyedumpi (187299) writes "Slashdot's own CmdrTaco has recently been heralded as the 44th most important person on the Web by PC World Magazine, right behind Mikko Hypponen (F-Secure director of antivirus research), and ahead of the likes of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, director of the World Wide Web Consortium. What is the world coming to?"
Windows

+ - Install Ubuntu in windows

Submitted by
eporue
eporue writes ""Wubi is an unofficial Ubuntu installer for Windows users that will bring you into the Linux world with a few clicks. Wubi allows you to install and uninstall Ubuntu as any other application. If you heard about Linux and Ubuntu, if you wanted to try them but you were afraid, this is for you." More at: Wubi"
Handhelds

+ - Telstra to Apple: 'stick to your knitting'

Submitted by
Whiney Mac Fanboy
Whiney Mac Fanboy writes "Australia's monopoly Telecommunications provider Telstra has ruled out carrying Apple's iphone, in a rather stinging attack on Apple, the Telco's spokesman said:

"There's an old saying — stick to your knitting — and Apple is not a mobile phone manufacturer, that's not their knitting," Mr Winn told AAP. "You can pretty much be assured that Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and ZTE and others will be coming out with devices that have similar functionality."
It should be noted that Telstra has the only cell network (2.5G) in Australia that is capable of supporting the iPhone. Does this mean Australian's will not be getting iPhones at all?"

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