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+ - Is Wikipedia biased for Israel and against Palestinians? 4

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Wikipedia's pro-Jewish bias has been discussed in Wikipedia-criticism circles for years, but today the Wikipediocracy blog ran a item relating to it that will attract controversy: it proves that English-language Wikipedia is heavily biased in favor of Israeli and Jewish subjects, and against Palestinians. And it starts with very disturbing examples — Wikipedia biographies of Israeli and Palestinian children who were killed in the endless civil war. Specifically, articles about Palestinian children who were killed by Israelis are almost guaranteed to be deleted from the "encyclopedia of record", while articles about Israeli children killed by Palestinians receive "special protection"."

Comment: Re:Looks an awful lot like the iPad mini (Score 2) 45

by stephanruby (#48673517) Attached to: Nokia's Back In the Tablet Business, With the Android Lollipop-Based N1

Except it doesn't run iOS, which means it's not an iPad mini. Someone who wants for a Playstation 4 for Christmas doesn't want an Xbox One.

Yes, but Christmas shopping implies that someone else is going to make that purchase for you, and iPad Minis are vastly overpriced.

If you were my relative, this is the tablet I'd get you. It's far cheaper than the iPad Mini. Its screen is almost one inch bigger than the iPad Mini. And its battery lasts a hell of a lot longer too.

Comment: Re:Not that much less (Score 2) 45

by stephanruby (#48673377) Attached to: Nokia's Back In the Tablet Business, With the Android Lollipop-Based N1

The base iPad Mini 2 lists at $299 and was as low as $229 during recent sales; the N1 is launching at $249.

That's probably why the author of the article talked about the base iPad Mini 3, not the iPad Mini 2.

The new Nokia N1 tablet, apparently. At just $250 with 32GB of storage — as opposed to the iPad Mini 3’s base price of $400 for the 16GB model — the Nokia N1 is definitely priced to sell.

And yes, from Apple's own comparison page, there doesn't seem to be any difference between the iPad Mini 2 and the iPad Mini 3. But to be fair to Nokia, its specs are superior to the iPad Mini 2 and 3.

And also, the Android tablets are the ones that initially embraced the 7 inch to 8 inch sizes, so one could say that Apple is the one that cloned those tablets from Asus, Samsung, HTC, and LG. But then again, a specs side-by-side comparison of Nokia's new tablet wouldn't look as good against the newer Android tablets made other manufacturers. Not to mention, the word "iPad" still has the most mind share, where it comes to people talking about tablets in general.

Comment: Re:Yes, it's in FB's "ordinary [business] course" (Score 2) 46

by stephanruby (#48672893) Attached to: Federal Judge: Facebook Must Face Suit For Scanning Messages

What about Gmail and their ilk? Don't users assume that messages are private in the same sense as users on Facebook sending private messages, that only the recipient reads them?

May be, but targeting Facebook first may just be a matter of strategy.

Facebook resells a lot of the information it gathers from its users, a lot more than Google does. I'm not saying that Google is less evil than Facebook, but if they're doing the same thing as Facebook, Google is lot better at keeping this kind of private information to itself.

Comment: Re:UK vs Free Speech (Score 1) 347

by stephanruby (#48669277) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

What caught my eye is he turned himself in. Was he getting death threats? Or does it say something a bit scary about the UK that someone would tweet an offensive joke, erase it, and then turn themselves into the police?

I would have turned myself in too.

Nobody likes being woken up at 5 AM by a bunch of police thugs breaking down their door, manhandling them, and confiscating all their computers for evidence.

Comment: Re:Yellow Journalism (Score 1) 205

by ArsonSmith (#48667769) Attached to: The World Is Not Falling Apart

something about the way the videos are presented. If I catch a random person posting a video, recent from memory of a cat trying to catch fish through the ice of a frozen pond, people would think that is funny. If it was on the 5 o'clock news, they'd think, "People are getting shot and there is rioting and this is what they put on?"

I don't know why but it seems if it's coming from professionals it should be bad news.

Comment: Re:Devil's Advocate says... (Score 4, Informative) 88

by lachlan76 (#48665923) Attached to: TripAdvisor Fined In Italy For Fake Reviews
Looking at the judgement, it seems that the issue was that TripAdvisor claimed repeatedly in their advertising that the reviews were true, genuine, and trustworthy, but that the investigator was able to post blatantly false reviews. From footnote 146,

A titolo meramente esemplificativo si riporta il testo di alcune di tali recensioni:

i) “Ci è piaciuto tantissimo!!! Ma non sono sicuro se era questo ristorante o el kebab che è lì vicino. I filtri di TA non funzionano qui si può scrivere qualsiasi cosa”, recensione rilasciata per il ristorante “Combal.zero” di Rivoli e pubblicata in data 6 settembre 2014;

ii) “I’ve never been here!!! This websites has NO filters so I can say anything about this Restaurant and everyone is going to believe it. Buonanotte”, recensione rilasciata per il ristorante “Osteria francescana” di Modena e pubblicata in data 6 settembre 2014;

iii) “È senza dubbio il miglior ristorante cinese di Milano. Ottima l’anatra, gran buffet, camerieri gentili. Fantastici filtri sulle recensioni come potete osservare! Cinque palle verdi”, recensione rilasciata per il ristorante “Pomodoro & basilico” di San Mauro Torinese e pubblicata in data 4 settembre 2014.

[Probably terrible] translation:

i) We liked it _so_ much! But I'm not sure whether it was this restaurant or the kebab shop nearby. TA's filter doesn't work...here one can write whatever they want

iii) It is without doubt the best Chinese restaurant in Milan. Excellent duck, big buffet, polite staff. These are fantastic filters of the reviews, as you can see! (note: the restaurant is named "Tomato & Basil" and so clearly not Chinese)

Comment: Re:re (Score 1) 71

by ArsonSmith (#48664871) Attached to: Docker Image Insecurity

Hmm, why not? If you're using docker in a production environment I'd hope you're building your own images, so where is the security concern? If you're just testing out software and testing builds then sure pull away from the docker hub, but if you're deploying to production you better have your own artifact repository storing your personal generated images.

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