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Wikipedia Has Figured Out A New Way To Stop Vandals In Their Tracks

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/pending-changes-safeguard-on-wikipedia-2012-12

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In a small but fundamental change to Wikipedia, a tool which protects articles from malicious vandalism while simultaneously permitting good-faith edits has gone live on the English Wikipedia.

When a page under ‘pending changes’ protection is edited by a new user or a user without an account, the edit does not go live until it has been reviewed by a more experienced editor.

Edits made to Wikipedia articles are normally visible immediately.

The new tool is in contrast to the typical means of page protection on the online encyclopaedia, which, in the case of a flurry of vandalism to an article, completely locks it from being edited at all by new users.

Pending changes is already used on the second largest Wikimedia Foundation project, the German Wikipedia, but unlike the English one, on which pending changes can be assigned to and removed from pages that are frequently subjected to unconstructive edits, it’s applied to all articles by default.

This is a significant and long-awaited development. Wikipedia cannot remain the resource that it is if its four million-plus articles – the product of enormous amounts of volunteer time – are fair game.

At last, the burden for dealing with problematic edits is being shifted away from good-faith editors constantly having to challenge them, and onto those who make drive-by and contentious edits, who may now find themselves arguing the case for why their changes should even appear, let alone remain once already published, as they otherwise would.

There is already plenty of evidence within the project that suggests this is the only way forward. More and more experienced editors are inserting FAQ sections in the discussion pages of articles to save themselves fro! m consta ntly dealing with the same questions and disputes, and at the top of the dispute resolution ladder, the Arbitration Committee has a large list of sanctions for various articles and topics, which can be applied to editors who don’t follow the rules.

But some might argue it’s much too little, much too late. Wikipedia has regrettably served as an anonymous platform to libel people, one which appealed to Johann Hari when he used it to describe people he didn’t like as alcoholics, anti-Semites, or homophobes.

Pending changes would not only have made it much more difficult for such edits to get through, but might even have diminished the incentive to make them in the first place if they didn’t appear immediately after submission.

And then there’s the matter of simply getting things right. If pending changes was enabled on all articles, would Lord Justice Leveson have inadvertently labelled a 25 year old Californian student as a founder of The Independent newspaper?

The fact that Wikipedia can be edited by anyone is arguably both the site’s best and worst aspect: without it, it wouldn’t be what it is. But with September 2012 seeing the lowest monthly level of new editors since September 2005, a laissez-faire attitude to content is no longer sustainable. Sharing knowledge is a worthy and appealing undertaking; baby-sitting its potentially fleeting presence in a digital no-man’s land, not so much.

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Monday, December 10th, 2012 news No Comments

See The Difference Between Victoria’s Secret And Dove Models

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/victorias-secret-angels-vs-dove-models-2012-12

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show airs tomorrow night.

Standards for the show’s models are high. A Victoria’s Secret executive famously told The New York Times that fewer than 100 women in the world would be suitable to walk in the show.

Meanwhile, skincare company Dove has a “real beauty” campaign, using real women instead of models.

A Reddit user posted a photo showing the stark contrast between the two:

victoria's secret and dove models

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Monday, December 3rd, 2012 news No Comments

Actually, You Only Get To Use About Half The Storage On The Cheapest Surface Tablet (MSFT)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-surface-storage-2012-11

The cheapest model of Microsoft’s new Surface tablet comes with 32 GB storage, twice that of the cheapest iPad.

But here’s why: According to Microsoft, the Surface’s operating system takes up nearly half that space, leaving you with only 16 GB to play around with. In contrast, Apple’s iOS operating system only takes up about 1 GB of space.

Here’s the full breakdown from Microsoft, which we originally saw on TNW:

surface rt operating system

In a Reddit AMA session a few weeks ago, Microsoft’s Surface team said that the 32 GB model would have about 20 GB of free space. It looks like you actually get a bit less than that.

So while 32 GB sounds like a good deal, keep in mind you’re only getting a bit more storage than you would get on a similarly-priced iPad.

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Monday, November 5th, 2012 news No Comments

Obama Gets A Hurricane Sandy Bump, Pulls Back Into A Tie With Mitt Romney

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-hurricane-sandy-bump-wapo-poll-2012-10

Bolstered by his response to Hurricane Sandy, President Barack Obama gained one point to pull back into a tie with Mitt Romney in the latest Washington Post/ABC News tracking poll.

According to the survey, 78 percent of likely voters polled had positive views of the way that the president has handled the “super storm” – a number that includes two-thirds of Romney’s supporters. In contrast, just 44 percent of those surveyed had a net positive view of how the Republican candidate responded to the storm. 

The chart below breaks down those results: 

wapo abc news poll chart sandy response

It is too early to tell, however, if that support for Obama will affect his overall standing in the race. The results of the four-day tracking survey include only one night of interviews with voters after the storm hit, so we will have to wait for Thursday and Friday’s results to see if the storm has any real effect on the dynamics of the presidential race. 

Overall, Obama and Romney are tied, 49% to 49%, among likely voters. Those numbers are consistent with the rest of the poll’s results, which have shown the race between one point since daily tracking began on October 18. 

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Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 news No Comments

Mobile Search vs Display Users Are At Different Stages of the Purchase Funnel

Mobile search users are much more ready to take action — implies further down the funnel. Contrast this to actions users take after clicking on mobile display ad — "maps and directions" (appears they are still researching). 

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Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 news No Comments

The Ratio Of PCs To Macs Sold Has Fallen To Levels Not Seen Since The 1990s

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/ratio-of-pcs-to-macs-2012-7

Analyst Horace Dediu of Asymco has posted another excellent chart, this one showing the ratio of PCs sold to Macs sold each year since the early 1980s (via Philip Elmer-Dewitt, who notes that the peak year for Microsoft dominance was 2004).

As you can see, the chart tells the story of Apple’s temporary demise and Microsoft’s ascendance, followed by Apple’s resurgence over the last 8 years.

The ratio has now fallen back to levels not seen since the 1990s.

It’s also important to note that this chart only shows PCs vs. Macs–full-fledged computers that Apple actually doesn’t sell that many of. (Mac sales are growing nicely, in stark contrast to the PC market, but they aren’t blowing any doors off).

If the chart included sales of iPhones and iPads, the ratio of PCs sold to Apple products sold would look quite different. And given that the distinction between “a PC” and a tablet or smartphone is becoming ever more blurred, the latter chart would actually be more meaningful.

Here’s Horace Dediu’s chart:

PCs to Macs

SEE ALSO: Apple’s Stock vs. Google’s Stock Since The Launch Of The iPhone

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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 news No Comments

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5914674/how-hackers-nearly-took-down-googles-recaptcha-system

How Hackers Nearly Took Down Google's reCaptcha SystemLast weekend a group of hackers unveiled Stiltwalker, a hack that subverts the reCaptcha system Google uses to protect its services from bots with 99 percent accuracy. But just hours before the group was set to present their hack at the LayerOne conference Google patched it up so it wouldn’t work anymore.

Stiltwalker is an impressive piece of engineering by the hackers from Defcon Group. CAPTCHA hacks have existed before, but what makes this hack so neat is that when it was working it could nail Google’s coded system much more accurately than any other before it. Rather than attack a single vulnerability, the hackers attacked several shortcomings of the audio portion of the audio version of reCAPTCHA from multiple angles. Ars Technica reports:

What the hackers-identified only as C-P, Adam, and Jeffball-learned from analyzing the sound prints of each test was that the background noise, in sharp contrast to the six words, didn’t include sounds that registered at higher frequencies. By plotting the frequencies of each audio test on a spectogram, the hackers could easily isolate each word by locating the regions where high pitches were mapped. reCAPTCHA was also undermined by its use of just 58 unique words. Although the inflections, pronunciations, and sequences of spoken words varied significantly from test to test, the small corpus of words greatly reduced the work it took a computer to recognize each utterance.

The group has said they’re already working on a way to get past Google’s new system. [Defcon Group via Ars Technica]

Image by Dirtbag / Blackhatworld

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Thursday, May 31st, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

GM Pulled Ads After Facebook Begged It To Use Free Media (FB)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/gm-pulled-ads-after-facebook-begged-it-to-use-its-free-media-2012-5

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General Motors pulled its entire $10 million ad budget after Facebook executives urged the company to concentrate more on posting free content to its web page, according to Reuters.

The account dovetails with BI’s May 16 report, which noted that General Motors wasn’t executing the basics — posting compelling content for free on its Brand Pages — of its Facebook strategy correctly.

Reuters said:

Facebook may only have itself to blame for why General Motors rained on its IPO parade this week.

… During the meeting with GM, Facebook officials emphasized the lure of free posted content on their website, the sources said. By contrast, the ads looked “kind of meager and perhaps expensive by comparison,” one source said.

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Friday, May 18th, 2012 news No Comments

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5910686/when-people-discuss-android-fragmentation-this-is-what-they-mean

The Overwhelming Android Sprawl, VisualizedYou’ve probably read about Android market fragmentation and wondered just how big a deal it is. This visualization spells out the problem tangentially: there are almost 4,000 unique Android devices out there running a single app available on Play. And only a very few of them run the most recent version.

The image was put together by Open Signal Maps to visualize the distribution of devices using their app. It includes data from 681,900 users, and breaks them down into almost 4,000 devices. Admittedly, that number is artificially high, because custom ROMs report identities differently.

But, the point here is that developing for Android is no longer as straightforward as it once was. With so many devices and an ever-expanding catalog of operating systems to cater for, it’s hardly surprising that Android support is shaky at best. By contrast, a similar image for an iOS app would only feature a handful of devices.

Oh, and if you were wondering, yes, that big green block occupying a ten percent share is the Samsung Galaxy S II. [Open Signal Maps via The Verge]

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Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

there’s nothing ‘Ultra’ about Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks unless you add Kepler

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/23/nvidia-kepler-for-ivy-bridge-ultrabooks/

NVIDIA: there's nothing 'Ultra' about Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks, unless you add Kepler

This is a vaguely awkward message for NVIDIA to be putting out. On one hand, the company is best buddies with Intel and is hoping to see its next-gen GPUs bundled with a large portion of the Ivy Bridge notebooks that will ship this year. But to reach that target, it must risk irking Chipzilla by emphasizing the limitations of Ivy Bridge’s integrated graphics. That’s exactly what happened at a recent presentation, when NVIDIA told us there’ll be “nothing Ultra” about the performance of a regular Ivy Bridge Ultrabook because the integrated HD 4000 graphics will only handle around 43 percent of current games. By contrast, if you add in a GeForce GT 640M you’ll find that 100 percent of current games are playable with frame rates over 30fps and high detail settings, including Battlefield 3, Batman: Arkham City, Crysis 2 and many others. If you leave the lightweight Ultrabook spec behind and combine Ivy Bridge with a GT 670M GPU then you can go even higher — as we just discovered in our review of the MSI’s GT70 gaming laptop. Fortunately, Intel was pretty magnanimous about HD 4000 when it briefed us, and readily accepted that enthusiasts will still want discrete graphics, so we don’t imagine the slide above will cause too many hurt feelings.

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Monday, April 23rd, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

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