Corruption in Wikipedia Confirmed

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Paid PR scandal erupts at Wikipedia
I can’t believe Jimmy Wales let this happen. He should have seen this coming when a study revealed that his site is an ‘editorial warzone’ last June.
Much so, more than a year before that, some of Wikipedia’seditors have left the site in protest of its editing system.

‘A Wikipedia trustee and a Wikipedian In Residence have been editing the online encyclopedia on behalf of PR clients. Add the discovery of an SEO business run on the side, and this tempest is out of its teapot.

‘Concerned Wikipedians raised the alarm Monday that two trusted men — one a trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation UK, the other a respected Wikipedian In Residence — are allegedly editing Wikipedia pages and facilitating front-page placement for their pay-for-play, publicity-seeking clients.

‘Jimmy Wales is not pleased.

‘It began this week when an interesting discussion started on the DYK (“Did You Know”) discussion page…’

USPTO Blocks Web Access to EFF
Other “Political/Activist Groups” including KEI, ACLU, Public Citizen, Redstate, and DailyKos were also blocked by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. But when James Love discovered that and asked USPTO about it, USPTO ‘removed the filter’ to unblock access

‘Update: At 5 pm the USPTO called and said that the public access wifi network was using a filter, provided by a contractor, to block “political activist” sites. This filter was not used by the network providing Internet access for the USPTO staff. After our meeting, the USPTO reviewed its policies, and has removed the filter. USPTO says the filter was implemented by a contractor, and no one we talked to at USPTO was aware of who was being blocked. In any event, the filter has been removed.

‘Today I was visiting the USPTO, for a high level meeting on global negotiations on intellectual property and access to medicine. The meeting was held in the Stockholm Room, on the 2nd floor of the USPTO library, at the main USPTO building at 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA. The USPTO also uses these meeting rooms for its Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA). The USPTO offers free Wifi for the visitors. But when I tried to login to, I received this message:

Access Denied (content_filter_denied)

Your request was denied because this URL contains content that is categorized as: “Political/Activist Groups” which is blocked by USPTO policy. If you believe the categorization is inaccurate, please contact the USPTO Service Desk and request a manual review of the URL.

For assistance, contact USPTO OCIO IT Service Desk. (io-proxy4)…’

Registry Cleaners Don’t Make Windows Faster
Experts further say: Never tamper with registry

‘The often repeated tale, that registry cleaners can improve a computer’s performance, is a myth. The unfortunate truth is that registry cleaning can cause serious issues. The potential damage can range from money wasted on a registry cleaner, time wasted on cleaning the registry, an issue caused by ‘cleaning’ registry files that were actually important, and in the very worst case to a corrupted registry and a computer that will take forever to boot. None of this is worth a theoretical and in the best of cases minimal performance increase…’

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