Weekend tech reading: Wikipedia may be nearing "completion"

By on October 28, 2012, 1:12 PM

Surmounting the insurmountable: Wikipedia is nearing completion, in a sense For about the last five years, Wikipedia has had trouble getting and keeping new volunteer editors. The foundation behind Wikipedia has made building up the editor base a major goal, and is attacking it from all angles, such as encouraging a culture that is friendlier to newbies, creating an easier sign-up page, and making the editing process more intutitive. But what if the decline in engagement has little to do with culture or the design of the site? What if, instead, it's that there's just less for new Wikipedians to do? The Atlantic

Consolation prize: The game console is dead. What will replace itIn November, Nintendo will release Wii U, the first update to the groundbreaking motion-controlled gaming console that took the industry by storm in 2006. Pundits and developers presume Sony and Microsoft will quickly follow suit with their own updated game consoles -- also the first in years -- though neither have confirmed it. Assuming all of these new machines arrive as predicted, they’ll hit store shelves at nearly the exact moment when the venerable game console, and the business model that sustained it, became obsolete. Wired

Researchers develop surveillance system that can watch & predict Carnegie Mellon university researchers have developed a surveillance system that can not only recognize human activities but can also predict what might happen next. Researchers, through the Army-funded research dubbed Mind's Eye, have created intelligent software that recognizes human activities in video and can predict what might just happen next; sounding an alarm if it detects anomalous behavior. The high-level artificial visual intelligence system that has been presented in the paper (PDF)... Parity News

LG launches 84-inch, Ultra HD television at $19,999 Earlier this week, LG held a launch event in Southern California to debut the company’s first Ultra HD (4K) television at a sizable list price of $19,999. The LG 84LM9600 has a native screen resolution of 3840 x 2160, four times the resolution of a typical 1080p television. While the amount of content available in Ultra HD resolution is incredibly scarce at the moment, the 84-inch LED Ultra HD panel also includes LG’s proprietary “Resolution Upscaler Plus” technology to up-convert 1080p content to the Ultra HD resolution. Digital Trends

On ultraviolence in games and the lessons of porn The gaming sphere (myself included) debated about whether E3 had gone too far and had the ultraviolent kinds of game on show were representative of games any more. Many a journalist reflected on their personal feelings of depression in the wake of the show, thinking that for all the high talk games had not really moved on. All fair points, but studios go to the extreme like that for a reason. What Games Are

Hurricane Sandy prompts Google to cancel Android event As a result of Hurricane Sandy, Google cancelled its big Android event, which was set to be held in New York City at 9:00 a.m. Monday. The effects of the hurricane are expected to be felt in the New York City area as early as Monday morning. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already declared a state of emergency, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned residents to brace themselves. ABC

The classic games we can't play In many ways, we’re in a golden age for classic gaming. With digital downloads and emulations of many of the best games out there, it’s entirely possible to recommend to someone that they play, say, Ultima VII, and with downloading and at the cost of a few dollars, they can be playing it within 15 minutes (also with much less hassle to load up than it’s ever been to play that famously picky-at-release game). Gameranx

Storage Spaces explained: a great feature, when it works Windows Home Server was never a particularly popular product, but it did bring some interesting features to the table for the few who used it and became fans. One of these features was called Drive Extender, and its claim to fame was that it allowed users to pool their system's hard drives so that they were seen by the operating system as one large hard drive. Ars Technica

Kinect genealogy - a brief history of gestural interfaces In honor of the approaching second birthday of the release of Microsoft's Kinect, we will take a brief tour of the experimental technology that preceded it. But before we begin, it is worth noting a few facts about the Kinect we know today, a piece of technology that almost overnight changed the development of contemporary interactive art by being powerful and affordable. Rhizome

Steve Jobs's yacht makes its first appearance Steve Jobs's yacht is making what looks to be its first public appearance in the Dutch city of Aalsmeer, a bit more than one year after his death. The photographs first appeared on the Apple news site One More Thing and closely resemble the description given by Walter Isaacson in his Steve Jobs biography. The Verge

10,000,000,000,000,000 bytes archived! On Thursday, 25 October, hundreds of Internet Archive supporters, volunteers, and staff celebrated addition of the 10,000,000,000,000,000th byte to the Archive’s massive collections. We also announced: full 80 Terabyte web crawl to researchers and the first complete literature of a people went online: Balinese. Archive

'The whole room will be the computer' With Windows 8, its own tablet and a new smartphone system, Microsoft has launched an offensive against Apple and Google. The company's development director Craig Mundie tells SPIEGEL ONLINE what went wrong at the IT giant in the past, and how it plans to catch up with its competitors. Spiegel

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spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

Wikipedia's 'editing process' stunted it's growth because anyone over 40 with something to contribute saw the BB code and clicked "back".

1 person liked this | cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Weekend tech reading: Wikipedia may be nearing "completion"

I can't tell you how many times I've clicked the Weekend tech reading link expecting to go straight to the article mentioned in the title. For some reason it always slips my mind that the Weekend tech reading, will take me to a list of articles not just the one mentioned. I'm not sure if I will ever get used to this and expect to go straight to the article mentioned.

Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

On the story "The classic games we can't play"

Someone should send the author a link to http://www.scummvm.org/

Kneep said:

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Researchers develop surveillance system that can watch & predict:

Person of interest! Swipe this idea from J.J. ?

veLa veLa said:

The console is dead? Man my buddies just brought me an Xbox 360 after I got out of the hospital and I've been having a blast shooting monsters in Gears of War 3. Sad to think it's dead.

treetops treetops said:

The console will never die, they are just old and will be replaced likely in the next 2 years with newer ones

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Per Hansson, ScummVM only helps run the games, it doesn't make them available. Many old adventure games aren't available for sale, the article is right about that. If I want to play Grim Fandango, and I've been wanting to since the Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter, I can't. Same thing for Full Throttle. Sure ScummVM supports it, so someone like me who owns the game can play it, but someone who doesn't can't buy it anywhere.

The article lists quite a few games which I agree should be sold, and I'm sure a lot of people are missing. As another example the recent Brenda Brathwaite and Tom Hall Kickstarter made me want to play Wizardry 8, but it's impossible to buy.

Overall, a good article I can only agree with.

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Regarding consoles, I agree, they are going to die. They aren't dead yet, but they're getting there. The mobile versions are already dying. There are enough mobile devices with decent gaming capabilities that the need for a pure mobile gaming device is severely reduced.

This is also what's happening with home consoles. They are moving towards becoming entertainment centres, and as such they are vulnerable from the other directions, from entertainment centres, tablets and phones offering console functionality. ARM CPU's are still a little too weak to provide a hardcore gaming experience, but that will change in a couple of years. Dedicated consoles will still be able to offer a lot more power, but the experience won't be so totally different that most people will want a dedicated console if their phone or tablet can connect to their TV and a controller and offer a varied library of games which then can then take with them elsewhere.

I think what will happen is that the current trend will continue, consoles will add more media centre functionality, more tablet connectivity (or a built in tablet like the Wii U), and will try to keep their place as gaming devices on the strength of exclusives. That would probably carry them for a while. How far I don't know, but I think that a mobile console has a distinct advantage over a stationary one, which is why this won't last forever.

Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

@ET3D Both games are available via eBay, but I get where you are coming from.

It's much easier to get them via Good old Games or Steam

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I'd rather have a combo box than anything proprietary. I was wondering how the idea of a Steam Box was coming along last night. If I'm gonna buy a game I'd like for the game to be playable on both PC and console for a single price. Otherwise I have no need in a console.

dennis777 dennis777 said:

Last time I saw PC gaming is going to die.. then now console? think again

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Both will die. You hear that? That is the sound of inevitability.

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