Tag: Fun

  • The DIY encyclopedia

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    Albert Camus, DIY style

    Who can fail to love the can-do spirit and have-a-go enthusiasm of Wikipedia? When the site found itself in need of copyright-free illustrations, one user simply generated his own.

    We were alerted to this cockle-warming tale via a Something Awful forum, where member Stick_Fig, sets the scene like this:

    A group of users has decided that because these promotional photos, which were previously allowed, are copyrighted, they need to be replaced with copyright-free images. Like, images taken by nerds for

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  • Now you know: Blogging is ‘un-Christian’

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    Blathering on blogs is un-Christian, an Evangelical church has warned.

    “Blogging has become a socially accepted practice – just as are dating seriously too young, underage drinking and general misbehaving,” notes the monthly of the Reformed Church of God, Ambassador Youth.

    Blogging “often makes the blogger feel good or makes him feel as if his opinion counts – when it is mostly mindless blather!” notes Kevin D Denee.

    “People will now do and say things that should only be done … Read More

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  • Do Artificial Intelligence Chatbots look like their programmers?

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    George the AI chat bot

    Do pets eventually resemble their owners? Or do owners get to look like their pets? It’s heck of a conundrum – but one we might now be a little closer to solving. For the past fortnight it’s been hard to escape the animated faces of “Joan”, or “George” the graphical representations of what we’re told is a new breakthrough in Artificial Intelligence. TV and newspapers, both highbrow and lowbrow, have flocked to report on the chatterbot. You can talk to … Read More

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  • Addicted to antitrust, Microsoft outlines 12-Step Recovery

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    Antitrust addict Microsoft has outlined a 12-Step Recovery Program, which it says will help prevent it from lapsing back into anti-competitive practices in the future.

    The declaration follows three major “interventions” in fifteen years. A 1991 investigation by the Federal Trade Commission resulted in a Consent Decree signed in 1995. A 1997 investigation by the Department of Justice, joined by a number of US states the following year, resulted in a conviction and settlement in 2002. And just last month, … Read More

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  • Meet the Jefferson of ‘Web 2.0’

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    If Google’s PageRank reflects the “uniquely democratic nature of the web” – and if weblogs are the most empowering technology of our age – then how can we begin to fete a humble entrepreneur based in St Paul, MN?

    Very probably as the Gutenberg of the digital age. And the Jefferson. All rolled into one.

    Brian Adams of Blue Diamond Enterprises has announced the newest tool that leverages both weblogs and the “collective intelligence” of Google’s algorithms. His new software, … Read More

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