All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Jimmy Wales’

Wikipedia Is Bitching About Media Coverage

Wikipedia Is Bitching About Media Coverage

English Wikipedia administrator Robert Fernandez just published a blog post on the official Wikimedia blog complaining about Wikipedia / Wikimedia’s media coverage – both quantity and quality. On which we are now reporting. According to Fernandez, the media doesn’t really understand Wikipedia, its parent organization Wikimedia, or the other projects under its umbrella. “Both qualitatively and quantitatively, news coverage is …

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Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales Calls Bullsh*t on Alt-Medicine Petitioners

If you look up “Emotional Freedom Techniques” on Wikipedia, you’ll see that it is “is generally characterized as pseudoscience and has not garnered significant support in clinical psychology.” If you look up “Thought Field Therapy on Wikipedia, you’ll find that “there is no scientific evidence that [it] is effective, and the American Psychological Association has stated that it ‘lacks a …

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Jimmy Wales Is A Game Of Thrones Fan, But Not A Fan Of Its Distribution

Like many people on the Internet, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is a fan of Game of Thrones. He’s not the biggest fan of how the show is distributed, however. Wales is frequently active on Quora, where someone asked him if he likes the show. His response was: Read Quote of Jimmy Wales’ answer to Jimmy Wales: Does Jimmy Wales like …

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Jimmy Wales Engages In Chuck Norris Humor On Quora

On Quora, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales reveals a lot of interesting insight into what makes Jimmy Wales tick. One time, we learned that psychos keep him from voting in elections. Another time, we found out what he thinks about people who think he has the power to shut down Wikipedia. Recently, we learned that he will probably buy Google Glass. …

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Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales Says He’ll Probably Buy Google Glass

We know that Google Glass is coming soon – by the end of this year, actually. A fully-polished version of Google’s smart eyewear will be ready for the average consumer some time in 2013 and will cost “less than $1,500.” At SXSW, Google just unveiled some of the first third-party apps that will be available on Google Glass. There’s nobody …

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Jimmy Wales Can’t Shut Wikipedia Down At His Will, And He Thinks You’re Stupid For Asking

In case you’ve ever wondered just how much power Jimmy Wales has over Wikipedia, you can rest easy knowing that he can’t just pull the plug on his own. Someone on Quora was apparently wondering about this, and decided to ask him about it, as he is quite active on the Q&A site. His response is both humorous and reassuring. …

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Psychos Are Keeping Jimmy Wales From Voting

Someone on Quora recently asked who Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales would be voting for in the upcoming election. His answer may surprise you. He won’t be voting. That’s not because he doesn’t care about voting, mind you. It’s not because he has no vested interest in who the President of the United States is. He simply doesn’t want to register …

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Jimmy Wales Got a Little Testy with Reporters About the O’Dwyer Case

In spite of what appeared to be a decision from the United Kingdom’s Home Office to continue with the extradition of accused copyright-infringer Richard O’Dwyer to the United States, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales maintains that reports of the Home Office’s decision are false. On Tuesday, V3 published a comment from U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May’s office saying that it would …

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Despite Protests, UK Will Feed Richard O’Dwyer to US Officials Anyways

In a paradigm switch of imperialism, the United Kingdom is apparently to now be considered the Far Eastern United States given the fate of TVShack webmaster Richard O’Dwyer. Despite having not committed any crime on U.S. soil and hosting no servers in the U.S., and in defiance of widespread support to block O’Dwyer’s extradition, V3 has confirmed with the office …

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Pressure Mounts on UK to Halt Richard O’Dwyer’s Extradition to US

Although the United Kingdom has yet to withdraw plans to extradite Richard O’Dwyer to the United States in order to face charges related to copyright infringement, a separate case that isn’t entirely dissimilar to O’Dwyer’s situation may have increased pressure on the British government to take action to prevent his extradition. Anton Vickerman, who ran the site surfthechannel.com, has been …

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Jimmy Wales Pens Petition to Halt Richard O’Dwyer’s Absurd Extradition to U.S.

Earlier this year, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales added instrumental support in the internet’s successful fight against the U.S. government-backed Twin Bills of Terrible known as SOPA and PIPA. For his second act, Wales is hoping he can once again use the internet to galvanize supporters in both the public and the government to take up the cause of U.K. student …

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Jimmy Wales Really Wants You to Start Editing Wikipedia Articles

As part of Wikipedia’s goal to reverse the decrease in input from the site’s editors and actually increase the pool of editors to 200,000 within the next three years, the world’s most popular encyclopedia has launched a new and simplified editor that the website hopes will encourage more contributions from users. The goal of the new “visual editor” lets potential …

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Justin Knapp Becomes Wikipedia Legend With One Million Edits

What do you do with your free time? Play video games, surf reddit, drink too much? Well, Justin Knapp edits Wikipedia – a lot. This one-man truth squad has just hit a inarguably impressive milestone. As of now, Knapp (user: koavf) is the only person in the world who has logged over 1 million edits on Wikipedia. If you’re thinking …

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Jimmy Wales Wikipedias The British Government

Wikepedia chief and co-founder, Jimmy Wales accepted a position with the British government as an unpaid advisor for open policy creation and other technology-based initiatives. Using his extensive technology and business savvy, Wales will instruct civil servants on how to best engage the public via the internet and available online software. Efforts are currently underway to merge many government websites …

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Wikipedia Cofounder Jimmy Wales Now to Advise UK

Wikimedia Foundation boss Jimmy Wales can add one more not-for-profit post to his CV. He’ll now be advising the British government on matters of technology, transparency, open policy-making, and political crowdsourcing. So announced Downing Street top aide Rohan Silva yesterday, in a talk–titled: Open Source Government, Enterprise and Innovation–to the South By Southwest crowd. “(We) must use new technology to …

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Jimmy Wales Says Chris Dodd Should Be Fired, Dodd Softens On SOPA Protesters

Speaking at the DLD conference in Munich this morning, Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales didn’t mince words on the subject of former Senator and current MPAA chairman Chris Dodd. He said that Dodd should be fired. Wales and Dodd have been arguing at opposing ends of the SOPA / PIPA battle, more generally the argument covers differences in opinion regarding how to …

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Wikipedia Founder Talks SOPA, Receives Funding

Wikipedia made bank this morning when the foundation received $1 million on stage during the Digital Life Design conference. This morning on the DLD stage, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales began a talk with VKontakte, the Russian Facebook, founder Pavel Durov. The talk was centered around SOPA, other legislation and the Wikipedia blackout from last week. Durov began the conference, however, …

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Wikipedia Will Go Dark Wednesday To Protest SOPA, Censorship

Jimmy Wales founded Wikipedia. You have used it before because it’s a helpful tool to learn and if you’ve learned anything in the past several years your quest for knowledge likely led you through Wikipedia at some point. Jimmy Wales doesn’t like SOPA and, even though that Internet-censoring law has been shelved for the time being, he has not forgotten …

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Is Wikipedia Leaving GoDaddy Or Not?

Did GoDaddy’s denouncement of SOPA/PIPA change the online encyclopedia’s point of view on the domain registrar or are the folks who run Wikipedia being selective about the next place they register their domain? As of now, thanks to the ByeDaddy search engine, a list of the top 100 searched domains still with GoDaddy reveals Wikipedia.org in the top spot, as …

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Wikimedia Expands On Wikipedia’s Thoughts Concerning SOPA

While the position of Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales concerning SOPA is now well known, his “Put SOPA on Blast” essay essentially spoke for himself, although, one would be inclined to believe Wales shares the thoughts of his co-workers. Now, however, thanks to an extended post over at the Wikimedia blog, there can be no mistaking as to where Wikipedia as …

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Wikipedia Considering Blackout to Oppose SOPA

While some members of the entertainment industry believe that without the help of SOPA, the future of content distribution is in doubt, other members of the tech industry have a different perspective. In fact, a number of tech giants are taking the exact opposite approach of their entertainment industry counterparts. That is, while they don’t support the idea of piracy, …

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Will Apps Unravel the World Wide Web?

The title we went with on this article may come off as a bit sensational, but some pretty high profile web veterans might not think so. 

Speaking at Bristol University in the UK, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, had some less than positive things to say this week about the direction the web is taking – the app direction. As quoted by computing.co.uk:

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Google Gives $2 Million To Wikimedia Foundation

Courtesy of Google, the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation has received a significant gift.  Google donated $2 million to the organization, which is responsible for keeping Wikipedia up and running.

Mitch Kapor, who’s on the Advisory Board of the Wikimedia Foundation, announced the contribution late yesterday on Twitter.  Jimmy Wales followed up soon after with a tweet of his own soon after.

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