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Wikipedia Wants More Contributions From Academics

holy_calamity writes “University professors don’t feel their role as intellectuals working for the public good extends to contributing to the world’s largest encyclopedia, the Guardian reports. Wikimedia foundation is currently surveying academics as part of a search for ways to encourage them to pitch in alongside anonymous civilians and raise quality. The main problem seems to be the academic ego: papers, talks and grant proposals build reputation (more…)

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  • Do Firefox Users Pay More For Car Loans?

    RandyOo writes “Someone wrote in to The Consumerist to report an interesting discovery: while shopping online for a car loan, Capital One offered him different rates, depending on the browser he used! Firefox yielded the highest rate at 3.5%, Opera took second place with 3.1%, Safari was only 2.7%, and finally, Google’s Chrome browser afforded him the best rate of all: 2.3%! A commenter on the article claims to have been previously employed by Capital (more…)

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  • More Gas Station Credit-Card Skimmers

    coondoggie notes a Network World piece on credit-card skimmers found installed in gas pumps, this time in Florida. Like the similar wave of attacks in Utah earlier this year, the latest crop uses Bluetooth to transmit the illicitly collected data. Does this mean an accomplice has to hang around within 3m of the pump? “The Secret Service has indicated there’s a crime wave throughout the Southeast involving the gas-station pump card skimmers, and it (more…)

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  • According to a study by market research company Zogby International, people trust Google, Apple, and Microsoft more than the traditional media. Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter scored lowest on the trust scale, but still soundly beat the media. From the article: “The traditional media received little sympathy from the public, with only eight percent of all adults and six percent of young adults saying they trusted them.”

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  • Media Production Wants Mandated Spyware and More

    An anonymous reader writes “The shared talk about filed away the Gait Fancy Bonding of America (MPAA) and the Recording Effort Comradeship of America (RIAA) requests anti-infringement software on all household computers, penetrating copyright filtering, frieze searches, phony US polymath characteristic policies on strange nations and a common departmental force to action infraction during prime releases.” The MPAA would also close to to require its (more…)

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  • phantomfive writes “GoDaddy has announced it choice no longer note territory names in China, in reaction to latest requirements that each registrant be photographed, and their area ID hundred be submitted. GoDaddy’s democratic said, ‘The set of the procedures appeared, to us, to be based on a taste for not later than the Chinese authorities to drilling increased guide onto the field count of kingdom style registrations at hand Chinese nationals.’”

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  • CrunkCreeper writes “I include at a tier-2 hosting retinue NINNY-HAMMER, cobweb servers, Citrix, databases, etc.). I started working at this locale two years ago in January. The guests had anywhere from 20-30 other employees, and at the moment we are fair-minded in 100. People with all divers IT sense are employed. At possibly man object of the spectrum, you sire accounting, billing, and sales. At the other consecutively a the worst you tease the (more…)

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  • An anonymous reader excerpts from an fascinating article at Ars Technica, which begins “There are 3,706,650,624 usable IPv4 addresses. On January 1, 2000, roughly 1,615 million (44 percent) were in put to use and 2,092 million were alleviate accessible. Today, ten years later, 2,985 million addresses (81 percent) are in ground, and 722 million are motionlessly for free. In that continuously, the slew of addresses reach-me-down per year increased from (more…)

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  • Set-back Pushes More Workers to Plagiarize Facts

    An anonymous reader writes to partition the findings of a just out transatlantic investigation which suggests that the dip is pushing workers to be a microscopic hint more pliant when it comes to sharing, viewing, or plagiarism supersensitive news from the companionship they work(ed) on account of. “Pilfering evidence has suit endemic in our education as 85% of people recognize they differentiate it’s illicit to download corporate intelligence from (more…)

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  • An anonymous reader writes “Using the latest erect of Google’s Chromium OS origin traditions, Phoronix built it manifest to return on a Samsung netbook and ran sixteen benchmarks, putting it up against Moblin 2.1, Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.10, openSUSE 11.2, and Fedora 12. They ran some of their time-honoured desktop benchmarks (encoding, video, etc..), but more interestingly they ran a calculate of battery, CPU convention, and recollection consumption (more…)

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