IMHO, the biggest achievement of Wikipedia is that it raised the bar considerably for other, traditional media. Here in Germany, the 'Brockhaus' encyclopedia recently announced that it won't be publishing books anymore, but change to an online model. (I think that was discussed here a few weeks ago.) So either this new online edition is much better than Wikipedia, or it'll go bust pretty soon. Same holds true for most 'traditional' media, especially newspapers; if they don't offer content that is much, much better than what is aviable for free online, they won't last. And it seems to me that the best guarantee to that end is editorial quality. So bring it on! Time will tell and user will decide which model is going to last.
r3f4rd30n writes: The guys at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories have build a 3D-Printer for about 500$. There is some interesting stuff in there — the thing is pretty large for a machine of this kind, and it uses sugar as a print medium. The article contains details on construction, cost and uses of the machine. There are pictures on flickr, for example, a huge, sugary screw.
marty writes: "Februrary is not a good month for Mozilla developers: Infoworld and eWeek both report about the efforts of a Polish researcher Michael Zalewski, who apparently kept finding new vulnerabilities in the popular browser on a daily basis through the month, first postponing the 184.108.40.206 update, and then finding a remotely exploitable flaw in it immediately after its release. Will Firefox prove to be no better than MSIE?"
teamhasnoi writes: "Back in 2004, Slashdot discussed a program that deleted your home directory on entry of a pirated serial number. Now, a new developer is using the same method to protect his software, aptly named Display Eater. In the dev's own words, "There exist several illegal cd-keys that you can use to unlock the demo program. If Display Eater detects that you are using these, it will erase something. I don't know if this is going to become Display Eater policy. If this level of piracy continues, development will stop." Is deleting user data ever acceptable, even when defending one's software from piracy?"