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Wikipedia turned to WebAssembly to provide patent-free video
'Wikipedia turned to WebAssembly as a <video> polyfill because video codec patents are a pain for folks committed to fully open source stacks. ogv.js implements Ogg Vorbis/Opus/Theora audio & WebM VP8/VP9/AV1 video.'
ogv.js  ogv  webassembly  wasm  wikipedia  polyfills  standards  video  patents 
16 days ago by jm
TIL There's a Wikipedia editor called BritishFinance who is dedicated to writing negative articles about Ireland
ffs. Wikipedia abuse problems strike again:

This comment over on /r/dataisbeautiful and this one both by /u/shy-talk is where I first heard of him.

He seems to have started last year and of course peppers in plenty of non-controversial contributions too but he's definitely determined to paint Ireland as negatively as possible with regards to our financial and tax regulations.

Some articles he's created:

There's actually so many articles where he goes out of his way to make Ireland look bad there's no point trying to list them
ireland  politics  taxation  britishfinance  abuse  wikipedia  finance  propaganda  uk-politics 
april 2019 by jm
A Programmer’s Introduction to Unicode – Nathan Reed’s coding blog
Fascinating Unicode details -- a lot of which were new to me. Love the heat map of usage in Wikipedia:
One more interesting way to visualize the codespace is to look at the distribution of usage—in other words, how often each code point is actually used in real-world texts. Below is a heat map of planes 0–2 based on a large sample of text from Wikipedia and Twitter (all languages). Frequency increases from black (never seen) through red and yellow to white.

You can see that the vast majority of this text sample lies in the BMP, with only scattered usage of code points from planes 1–2. The biggest exception is emoji, which show up here as the several bright squares in the bottom row of plane 1.
unicode  coding  character-sets  wikipedia  bmp  emoji  twitter  languages  characters  heat-maps  dataviz 
march 2017 by jm
Wikipedia’s Piracy Police Are Ruining the Developing World's Internet Experience | Motherboard
Oh dear.
The Wikimedia Foundation told me last month that it has been aware of people using Wikipedia Zero for file sharing for about a year, and says that there are no plans to pull out of any countries because of piracy. But that hasn’t stopped rogue Wiki users from suggesting it anyway, and members of the task force have gotten Wikimedia Bangladesh to plead with the pirates to stop contributing to an “increasingly negative perception of Bangladesh in many different sectors.”
wikipedia  wikimedia  bangladesh  filesharing  piracy  wikipedia-zero  copyright 
may 2016 by jm
Angola’s Wikipedia Pirates Are Exposing the Problems With Digital Colonialism | Motherboard
Wikimedia and Facebook have given Angolans free access to their websites, but not to the rest of the internet. So, naturally, Angolans have started hiding pirated movies and music in Wikipedia articles and linking to them on closed Facebook groups, creating a totally free and clandestine file sharing network in a country where mobile internet data is extremely expensive.
facebook  piracy  africa  hacks  wikipedia  angola  internet 
march 2016 by jm
Sirius: An open end-to-end voice and vision personal assistant and its implications for future warehouse scale computers
How to build an Intelligent Personal Assistant:

'Sirius is an open end-to-end standalone speech and vision based intelligent personal assistant (IPA) similar to Apple’s Siri, Google’s Google Now, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Amazon’s Echo. Sirius implements the core functionalities of an IPA including speech recognition, image matching, natural language processing and a question-and-answer system. Sirius is developed by Clarity Lab at the University of Michigan. Sirius is published at the International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS) 2015.'
sirius  siri  cortana  google-now  echo  ok-google  ipa  assistants  search  video  audio  speech  papers  clarity  nlp  wikipedia 
april 2015 by jm
Wiki Loves Monuments

Wiki Loves Monuments is an international photo contest, organised by Wikimedia [...]. This year, the Wikimedia Ireland Community are running the competition for the very first time in Ireland. The contest is inspired by the successful 2010 pilot in the Netherlands which resulted in 12,500 freely licensed images uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. It has grown substantially since its inception; in 2013 369,589 photographs were submitted by 11,943 participants from over 50 countries. Cultural heritage is an important part of the knowledge that Wikipedia collects and disseminates. An image is worth a thousand words, in any language and local enthusiasts can (re)discover the cultural, historical, or scientific significance of their neighbourhood. The Irish contest, focussing on Ireland’s national monuments, runs from August 23 - September 30. Follow our step-by-step guide to find out how you can take part.
wikipedia  wikimedia  images  monuments  history  ireland  contests  creative-commons  licensing 
august 2014 by jm
Tron: Legacy Encom Boardroom Visualization
this is great. lovely, silly, HTML5 dataviz, with lots of spinning globes and wobbling sines on a black background
demo  github  wikipedia  dataviz  visualisation  mapping  globes  rob-scanlan  graphics  html5  animation  tron-legacy  tron  movies 
may 2014 by jm
noun: an emergency shutdown of a nuclear reactor. It has been defined as an acronym for "Safety Control Rod Axe Man", due to this story from Norman Hilberry: "When I showed up on the balcony on that December 2, 1942 afternoon [at the Chicago Pile, the world's first self-sustaining nuclear reactor], I was ushered to the balcony rail, handed a well sharpened fireman's ax and told, "if the safety rods fail to operate, cut that manila rope." The safety rods, needless to say, worked, the rope was not cut... I don't believe I have ever felt quite as foolish as I did then. ...I did not get the SCRAM [Safety Control Rod Axe Man] story until many years after the fact. Then one day one of my fellows who had been on Zinn's construction crew called me Mr. Scram."
scram  nuclear  reactor  history  etymology  words  shutdown  emergency  wikipedia  1942  science  acronyms 
june 2012 by jm
Copyfraud - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
'a term coined by Jason Mazzone (Associate Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School) to describe situations where individuals and institutions illegally claim copyright ownership of the public domain and other breaches of copyright law with little or no oversight by authorities or legal consequence for their actions.' Good term (via Nelson)
copyright  rights  ip  fraud  copyfraud  wikipedia  words  terminology  neologisms  dmca  infringement 
may 2012 by jm
word of the day, via a comment on : 'A skeuomorph /ˈskjuːəmɔrf/ skew-ə-morf, or skeuomorphism (Greek: skeuos—vessel or tool, morphe—shape),[1] is a derivative object that retains ornamental design cues to a structure that was necessary in the original.[2] Skeuomorphs may be deliberately employed to make the new look comfortably old and familiar,[3] such as copper cladding on zinc pennies or computer printed postage with circular town name and cancellation lines'
words  language  history  objects  ornament  design  wikipedia 
january 2012 by jm
'a lava-like molten mixture of portions of nuclear reactor core, formed during a nuclear meltdown'
corium  nuclear-power  disasters  nuclear  radioactive  wikipedia  meltdown  from delicious
march 2011 by jm
Old Man Murray Deleted From Wikipedia | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
more idiotic deletionism from Wikipedia. when will someone fork WP with a saner community?
wikipedia  deletionpedia  deletion  gaming  history  old-man-murray  web  community  asshats  from delicious
march 2011 by jm
good anti-deletionist comment thread on reddit/programming
Loved this great neologism: 'as with any small organization's politics, people with way more time (and insanity) to invest in trivial issues will always out-penis more casual people just trying to make a positive contribution.'
wiki  bitdecay  wikipedia  deletion  deletionpedia  reddit  comments  thread  discussion  moderation  community  neologisms  from delicious
february 2011 by jm
A new quiz puzzle game: Movie Triangles
cool web-based, wikipedia-driven game from Jim Blackler; test your movie knowledge
games  puzzles  quiz  movies  wikipedia  from delicious
january 2011 by jm
Forking is a Feature - Anil Dash
thought-provoking piece about GitHub-style forking applied to other disciplines; Tumblr, Dribbble, Forrst being cases where it's happening now
community  development  forking  github  git  opensource  tumblr  dribbble  forrst  wikipedia  from delicious
september 2010 by jm

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