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Comment: Re:So much for... (Score 1) 453

by w3stfa11 (#29191279) Attached to: Wikipedia To Require Editing Approval

I've been editing Wikipedia casually for 6 years (originally actively, then more and more casually as I've been progressively locked out of the community), but an edit count "only" in the hundreds will probably place me in the class of users who can no longer freely edit this class of pages... Now I won't be able to freely contribute either.

Incorrect. You'll be be able edit those articles. If you have an account that's just 4 days old and have at least 10 edits (which can be done in about 15 minutes), then that makes you an "auto-confirmed user" and your edits will immediately be seen by readers. The main reason for this new development is to protect the articles of living people from libel. This will help Wikipedians monitor those articles.

See the policy at Wikipedia:Flagged protection and patrolled revisions

Role Playing (Games)

Fable III Announced For 2010 52

Posted by Soulskill
from the a-boy-and-his-dog-and-his-empire dept.
Flea of Pain writes "Fable III is finally in the works! 'Peter Molyneux revealed that his team is working on Fable III, which will arrive in late 2010, two years after the release of Fable II. The game will give you the primary task of becoming Albion's king and leading the people to happiness and the kingdom to glory. Fable III will be something bold and different, Molyneux promises, stating that story and drama will play a major part in it. New things will be done with the dog and the bread-crumb-trails mechanic, which were present in the second game, and you will be offered complete control of your actions and your people's actions, as you will be the king of Albion. ... [Y]ou will need to balance many things, including poverty and greed, tyranny and compassion or progress and tradition, all in order to keep your subjects happy. Furthermore, you will be able to set taxes and decide how you will rule your subjects. Your spouse, be it a king or a queen, will also point you into various directions over the course of the game. It seems that you will start as a son or daughter of the hero from Fable II and then progress until the halfway point of the game when you will be named king or queen of Albion. This means that you need to keep your save data from Fable II in order for a higher degree of customization.'"
Communications

The Decline of the Landline 435

Posted by timothy
from the daddy-what-were-buggywhips? dept.
Death Metal writes "The phone network is thus not just a technical infrastructure, but a socioeconomic one. The more Americans abandon it to go mobile-only or make phone calls over the Internet, the more fragile it becomes: its high fixed costs have to be spread over ever fewer subscribers. If the telephone network in New York State were a stand-alone business, it would already be in bankruptcy. In recent years it has lost 40% of its landlines and revenues have dropped by more than 30%."
Space

Can Space Nerds Get Along? 161

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the one-slide-to-rule-them-all dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Space Review asks whether space enthusiasts can ever get past the humans/robots and private/government flamewars. The article argues that space politics is a non-zero-sum game, and that space science, human spaceflight and private spaceflight can all co-exist. The debate between space and Earth is resolved in the same way: a non-zero-sum game that supports both Earth projects and space projects."

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