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Google Knol is out and ready to bury Wikipedia

Google-Wiki

Google meets Wikipedia

KNOL a unit of knowledge is a website platform for authoritative articles on specific topics for people to search and review. The idea behind a knol is to empower authorship so that readers can identify and cross reference their sources to the truth.

The website comes as a direct competitor of Wikipedia the online encyclopedia (of unnamed sources). After some quick searches people would normally run, I found plenty helpful how-to articles on broader topics, but few informative pieces on specific searches.

I suspect this is because Knol doesn’t have the sheer bulk of users that Wikipedia enjoys to have that reaching grasp on virtually any thought-up topic. For now, it seems that Knol’s niche is it’s how to… as opposed to Wikipedia’s what is… search results.

Whether this niche grows and rises to bury Wikipedia remains to be seen. It’s worth noting, however, that anything to do with Google in the past has usually met with instant success and widespread popularity. And with it’s motto, “Just write, let Google do the rest,” users may find Knol and it’s Google-friendly tools to be a satisfying alternative to Wikipedia.

May the battle of the Wiki-Knol rage on.

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Five reasons Cuil won’t kill Google…yet

Here’s a follow up article published by The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch on Cuil and why it won’t kill Google, yet.

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The Google Killer!

The launch of Cuil search engine was announced on the front cover of Blogrunner (bringing news at blog speed). I found the site to be a novelty. The company claims they’ve found a way to reduce indexing costs, which means they run their search engine a lot cheaper than Google does with supposedly better search results.

At first I was skeptical, but after reading how Cuil operates, it makes a lot of sense. Rather than relying on artificial intelligence to try and figure out what sentences mean, Cuil uses semantics and word association to create better search results. I even typed in my name to see what happens, and it produced my online resume.

Google is still king. But Cuil (pronounced “cool”) could become a better alternative. It’s interactive display is far more useful than Google’s generated search lists, and it’s compatible with Firefox, making it particularly handy.

All in all, I give it 4 out of 5 stars. The only reason I don’t give it 5 out of 5 is because Google is still bigger.

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The Parody of Politics

I think politics is excellent fodder for parody making, and so I laud Jib Jab for their sardonic brilliance. It just shows that the only way to take politics seriously is to recognize how ridiculous it can be. Humans are natural political animals, so the only way to stop us from acting on our preternatural instinct to kill, is by humbling ourselves with sarcasm and humiliation. Thank God this political campaign season has peaked America’s interest, it was about time we woke up in our feces to dig ourselves out. So power to the people, down with the establishment–a throwback to late 1960’s zeal.

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What Ever Happened to Equality Under Law?

I just came across this story that I feel compelled to share. This is a story of privilege in a Texas court, where money and connections are not supposed to count, where we find one judge and two men from very different sides of the tracks who appear to get anything but equal justice.

On the one side is Alex Wood, son of religious royalty Reverend John Wood and brother-in-law to eight-term US Congressmen Chet Edwards. On the other side is Tyrone Brown, a poor African American boy with no connections and no political clout.

In 1990, Brown pleaded guilty to armed robbery in which he stole $2 and was sentenced to ten years probation. In 1995, Wood pleaded guilty to shooting a killing a prostitute and he too was sentenced to ten years probation. While it is bad enough that Wood did not receive harsher punishment for his crime, it’s what happens during the two men’s probation that makes this story so outraging.

After only a few months into his probation, Judge Dean sentenced Brown to life in prison for smoking marijuana. Wood on the other hand remained a free man even though he was caught twice with possession of cocaine during his probation, a much more serious crime.

After nearly 17 years of a life sentence spent in jail, Tyrone Brown was released from prison on March 16, 2007 due to the good will and persistence of University of Florida law school graduate Charlie Douglas.

After ABC’s 20/20 showcased this story, many people began asking the question, “Are we really equal under the law?”

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So It’s Time For Some Campaign’n!

JibJabs 2008 Campaignn

JibJab's 2008 Campaign'n

Anyone who remembers JibJab‘s hilarious rendition of the 2004 presidential election between Bush and Kerry will greatly appreciate the political subtleties exploited in this year’s campaign parody. We’re always told to be informed and politically active, maybe we can finally live up to those expectations, only I’m sure this isn’t what they had in mind.

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WordPress 2.6 Now Available

Wordpress 2.0 Now Available

Wordpress 2.0 Now Available

New 2.6 version of WordPress.org is now available. View their video to see what fantastic upgrades and changes can be made to your blogging platform.

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World’s oldest blogger dies in Australia

SYDNEY, Australia (AP)

Worlds oldest blogger dies in Australia

World's oldest blogger dies in Australia

Olive Riley, a 108-year-old Australian woman who was promoted as the world’s oldest blogger, has died two weeks after making her last post about “singing a happy song,” her great-grand son and her online forum said.

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No One Ever Ran From Iran

With news of Iran’s recent missile-tests provoking threats from Israel and a warning from the US, the world is hanging to their seats the way a child might cling to their popcorn in an action movie thriller. The international theatre is literally on hold until the 48-hour interlude between Iran, Israel and the US dissolves, and it’s ridiculous. The world already knows Iran is an abominated militaristic theocracy and that their president is a near lunatic in denial of Israel’s (and gays’) right to exist. Especially with the way the New Media makes it a priority of broadcasting Ahmadinejad’s embarrassing rhetoric at every chance they get. But at the end of the day when the reels quit turning, Iran’s threat is the only thing to fall from the sky, landing like an empty bombshell in a barren dessert.

Yet Americans insist Iran is a threat. A threat to whom? Their best missiles are Photoshopped into images in the place of duds! They’re nowhere near going nuclear, and Israel’s boom of military firepower makes Iran’s look like the snap of a toy cap gun. What a joke!

Something that we have to grow to understand is that Iran isn’t trying to pick a fight with the US. Just think, when was the last time a war was fought on US soil? We are the occupiers and the guys with the big guns, not the other way around. But let’s tip the media slant and suppose we were them. As a people of centuries age with a land, religion and culture that is entirely ours, wouldn’t we challenge the right to defend ourselves from strangers that move within our borders and proclaim themselves sovereign? Yes, we would—and have—during the Revolutionary War.

It’s the same with Israel. A few decades ago we scribbled lines onto a map and put a wedge in the region because a book said so; meanwhile, the Persians and Palestinians were forced off their lands. Today, however, Israel remains where it is and we must cope with their presence regardless of whether they belong there or not, fine. But we need to calm down over Iran. These are missile-tests within their borders! Let them prove they are a force to be reckoned with. After all, why not? We’ve been doing it since before the Cold War, showing Russia not to mess with us by nuking Japan back to the Stone Age. First we terrorize; then we send diplomats.

When America cries for diplomacy, they really mean hypocrisy. I’m just relieved to have won the lottery coming into this world. At least, I’m on the side that gets to make the rules.

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Did Iran Photoshop Their Missile Image?

Iran Missile Testing

In what could be the most hilarious cover-up attempt in military history, Sepah, the media arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, is suspected of using Photoshop to manipulate a missile-test image that was used over and over again on the front covers of prominent newspapers across the nation!

America, watch out. Iran’s Photoshopped missiles will delete us all!

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