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Wikipedia co-founder, Jimmy Wales, has plans for an open source search engine that he believes will rise up to challenge Google.  Considering the dominance Google has in the online search field, it seems like Mr. Wales is taking on a monumental task. “Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said on Friday he is putting the building blocks in place for a community-developed Web search service that would rival search engines such as Google or Yahoo.Wales told a conference of software developers in Portland, Oregon, that his commercial start-up, Wikia, has acquired Grub, a pioneering Web crawler that will enable Wikia's forthcoming search service to scour the Web to index relevant sites.” There’s no word... Read more...
An interesting twist to the Benoit family tragedy has surfaced: apparently the Wikipedia entry for Chris Benoit was changed, noting the death of his wife for his failure to appear at an event, 13-14 hours before the bodies of the family were discovered in their home in Georgia by local authorities.  Police claim to have the individual allegedly responsible for the entry in custody, as well as the computer that the entry was said to have been made on, but they won't make his/her identity known to the public until later this week. As always, until an official announcement is made, take all rumors with a grain of salt. How did the police track the alleged poster, especially so quickly?  Here's a... Read more...
Wikipedia is a great source of information, few would argue against that. The accuracy of the information is a whole different matter though, and it's a problem that's starting to trouble some teachers. The ability for anyone to edit almost any article is a double-edged sword for Wikipedia. It allows for massive amounts of information to be entered into the site, information that can be updated anytime. However it has led to a host of problems ranging from inaccurate information, to article vandalism. So while it may be tempting to use Wikipedia as a source for information, it's not the best idea to have it as your only source. The ban at Middlebury College "is a great idea," said... Read more...
Jimmy Wales, founder of the immensely popular Wikipedia, has decided to build a rival search engine to compete with Google. He calls his new search engine Wikiasari. Like Wikipedia, the new search engine will rely on the support of a volunteer community of users. The idea is that Web surfers and programmers will be able to bring their collective intelligence to bear, to fine-tune search results and make the experience more effective for everyone. "If you search in Google, a lot of the results are very, very good and a lot of the results are very, very bad," says Wales. What that shows, Wales says, is that mathematical formulas alone do not produce... Read more...
Tech Power Up has announced the Tech Power Up Reference Wiki. The wiki, like wikipedia, allows users to contribute original content on a number of technical categories. Categories include Guides General Computing Processors Video Cards Cooling Memory Motherboards Storage Networking Software Companies Cases & Modding Along with the wiki, they are sponsoring a $400 contest for contributors. We have recently launched our Reference Wiki, which we hope will act as useful knowledge base for computer related topics. Following the Wiki concept, everybody can edit and add content, even without registering. From all registered users who contributed to the Wiki, we will pick five every month, who will... Read more...
Almost anyone who's ever spent a few minutes with Wikipedia can start appreciate the vast wealth of knowledge the site has to offer. Though the free encyclopedia is open to a whole host of problems, such as inaccurate information, questionable sources, and vandalism, its popularity continues to grow. Even with all the site's problems, the information on most articles is fairly accurate, as there are many respectable users who have taken up the job of keeping the service clean, and the information inside accurate. Is it better than Britannica though? This issue has been brought up before, and the argument probably won't be laid to rest for some time, if ever. The two main... Read more...
Not as accurate, but certainly close, as Nature writes. The growing online phenomenon that is Wikipedia has nearly 4 million entries, with information on everything from world leaders to Pokemon. The site isn't without problems though, as anyone can edit entries, which has lead to some recent problems with the site's credibility. Still, the collection of information Wikipedia has to offer, and the lack of a price tag for the service, has made it a favorite research spot for millions of curios people. "The exercise revealed numerous errors in both encyclopaedias, but among 42 entries tested, the difference in accuracy was not particularly great:... Read more...
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