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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Around the Wired

Wired meaning internet, not the magazine, even though our first story comes from there.

#1. Two years ago an anonymous editor removed a large chunk of the Wikipedia entry concerning voting machine manufacturer Diebold. Specifically, it was the chunk that criticized Diebold's machines.

While one may never know who exactly removed the information, the 'digital fingerprint left behind by the act gave an IP address that originated from Diebold's corporate offices. This sort of thing happens all the time, apparently.
A university student in Cali has had enough, and came up with Wikipedia Scanner, a searchable database of Wikipedia edits to where they originated, and who owns the IPs. For kicks, he downloaded the whole of Wikipedia and had a look at what the Scanner could turn up.

Microsoft and Congress and the CIA
. Oh my.

#2. I will not argue for or against, but last month the religion reporter for the LA Times wrote a lengthy piece discussing how his job caused him to lose his faith.

#3. Clown told he can't use his bubble machine because people could slip and fall, then told he can't use balloons, as some children are allergic to latex. Poor Barney Baloney.

#4. For the hardcore nerds among you: ArsTechnica is putting together a pretty comprehensive look back at the Amiga computer company. For those not in the know, Amiga was a division of Commodore back in the 80s that made what were, at the time, kick ass computers that could have changed the landscape of personal computing today. But, as these things tend to go, the potential was pissed away by shortsighted execs and bad management.

#5. Dunny Series 4. Oddly enough, I can resist most of that. Others, well, we'll see how common they are when the ratios drop.

Out. Gotta see how my girl Butterscotch does on America's Got Talent!

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