When you get paid to edit manuscripts for hard copies, that’s legal. When you get paid to edit articles for Wikipedia, that’s illicit; and worse, unethical.
‘Wikipedia is ramping up its fight against paid editing, a practice that goes against the online encyclopedia’s policies and ethics, with a letter directed at Wiki-PR, a company accused of getting paid to edit articles on Wikipedia.
‘The cease and desist letter, sent by the Wikimedia Foundation on Tuesday, accused Wiki-PR and its army of 300 accounts of being a covert PR firm that creates and edits articles for money, a practice called “sockpuppetry” or “meatpuppetry.”…’
A Reality Show For Authors
Authors should wish that this show would become global. They not only have a shot at a book deal. The free publicity is enough
‘Masterpiece is a show in which aspiring authors vie at literary challenges until one contestant wins a major book deal – and a level of publicity that few novelists achieve over a lifetime of quiet toil.
‘All the conventions of the TV talent show are present: the tantalizing possibility of fame, excruciating exposure, an expert panel delivering life-changing verdicts. There’s even a “confessional” room where contestants can express their anguish (on video, naturally)…’
The Google prepaid debit card
Try this if you don’t trust bank credit cards
‘Google Inc (GOOG.O) will offer a prepaid debit card that will allow consumers to purchase goods at stores and to withdraw cash from ATM machines, the Internet company said on Wednesday.
‘The card, which is only available in the United States, lets consumers access the funds stored in their Google Wallet accounts. Google Wallet is a smartphone app and online payment service that lets consumers buy goods and transfer money to each other…’
Website hijacking isn’t a joke. Preventing that with CryptoPrevent is a small price
A tiny utility to lock down any Windows OS (XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1) to prevent infection by the Cryptolocker malware or ‘ransomware’, which encrypts personal files and then offers decryption for a paid ransom.
Incidentally, due to the way that CryptoPrevent works, it actually protects against a wide variety of malware, not just Cryptolocker