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In honour of William Brisket Eius lucrata est verbum hoc ad incrementum scientiarum ex latere modern significatione antea agro philosophiae naturalis. Tempus per annum vel erat a mutatio qualitatis rhetorum ponderandus philosophica ad mensuras sensibiles veritas stabilitur. Rebus gravioribus citius levioribus incidere Aristoteles quod hoc verum acceptum ab apodictice demonstrari postquam diu scholae pravae. In…

Changes

This post is about changes to this site. Over the last few weeks it has been noted that some posts are significantly more popular than others, and attract more comments, referrals, and lasting interest. These posts are more relevant and better written than the other posts, which are generally posted for the sake of having…

Encyclopedia Fucking Dramatica

This report deliberately contains no links, do not visit Encyclopedia Dramatica. Encyclopedia Dramatica (ED) is the world’s most infamous troll version of Wikipedia. Unfortunately the site is so massively overshadowed by 4Chan, that no self respecting normal person will ever have heard of them. Even most Wikipedia users have no idea the site exists. You should never…

New Wikimedia Wordpress

It’s been some time, almost a month since the Wikimedia Foundation switched from their free-open source website which was partly maintained by volunteers, to their new closed source website. Common complaints about the site are that it suffers from errors, which no-one can fix or suggest fixes for because it’s closed source. This has led…

European Parliament passes controversial new copyright directive

Normally this blog includes nice pictures and links, but it’s now illegal to simply reuse peoples images without a proper license, and hyperlinks are being restricted as well. In the name of open source content, things will continue much the same as before here on this site. So all is good in that respect. Observe…

Ponzipedia!

Everipedia, dubbed by most ardent critics as Ponzipedia on account of how it purportedly resembles a Ponzi scheme, is a new online Encyclopedia to rival the dominant market leader Wikipedia. It contains a copy of all English Wikipedia articles written before mid 2015, plus a million articles added to it since then. Since 2015, it has…

Your data, dear readers

Often people complaining about methods of data collection, and today’s post is about what data you give to the people running a site when you visit it. Two sites will be looked at, a small wordpress.com site, and a small mediawiki site. WordPress.com The lead image above is an automatically generated map of a days…

Technofuckwittery

The latest new thing is here, the future of apparently everything, and it’s probably a complete rip-off in at least 80% of all cases. Evil scam, thy name is Blockchain! What is a blockchain? blockchain ˈblɒktʃeɪn/ noun a digital ledger in which transactions made in bitcoin or another cryptocurrency are recorded chronologically and publicly. Kinda…

There are no rats

Are there rats in Alberta? This topic seems to have occupied editors in an 11 year edit war over a map showing the geographic distribution of the brown rat. One side is sure that there are rats in Alberta: The map of rat range is a complete hoax, its problems noted above in this thread back…

Build a bot

AndrewForson wrote: Perhaps a kind person would publish a pointer to some build-your-own-bot code? This guide will explain how to make a basic reprogrammable python bot similar to DysklyerBot, which has made over a million edits. Basic bot with Python Prerequisites: A brain, eyes, and fingers. The ability to read and count to ten. A…