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Re: [News] Commercial Wikipedia from Microsoft?

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Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> __/ [ thad01@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ] on Wednesday 31 May 2006 14:56 \__
>> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> The Britannica-Wikipedia survey was said to be ill-conducted. It could
>>> have been FUD -- even one that was supported under the table. The referees
>>> were not accounting for article _scale_, which is often greater in
>>> Wikipedia. They only counted inaccuracies and mistakes. Wikipedia had a
>>> strong rebuttal, and mind you, they continue to improve all the time, as
>>> more Wikipedians join the 'team' and technology (e.g. for moderation) is
>>> improved by MediaWiki. Britannica, along with other commercially-motivated
>>> teams, are fighting a losing battle. They are also less readily available.
>>> My search bar in Firefox is Wikipedia.
>> Yes, I see Wikipedia as another example of the power of open,
>> collaborative development on par with efforts in the software
>> world.  A commercial encyclopedia can die off and become
>> outdated because of financial problems.  I doubt Wikipedia
>> ever will.  Like open source software projects, it will
>> continue to accrue improvements and evolve over time.
>> Unfortunately, the proprietary content industries see
>> community efforts like this as a direct challenge to their
>> profits and will try to fight it by buying off politicians
>> and passing draconian laws.  As citizens, we need to be
> See the following story:
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/05/28/apple_vs_does/
> ,----[ Quote ]
>| However Apple has struck gold in finding a techno utopian in a state
>| of rapture. Judge Rushing cites Wikipedia as a source, a mistake which
>| earns students an 'F' grade today. He talks about the need to disregard
>| economics and sociology in favor of a "memetic marketplace" - whatever
>| that is - and allows himself some flights of technological rapture.
> `----
> What the 'F' is wrong with that?

I think what the Reg guys are saying is that if taken before a more
conservative Judge, these issues may be looked at differently?

| Mark Kent   --   mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk  |
Heisenberg might have been here.

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