[Ffmpeg-devel] Re: [OT] Wikipedia
Sat Mar 4 00:35:12 CET 2006
On Fri, Mar 03, 2006 at 11:13:38PM +0000, M?ns Rullg?rd wrote:
> Diego Biurrun <diego at biurrun.de> writes:
> > On Fri, Mar 03, 2006 at 10:36:34PM +0000, M?ns Rullg?rd wrote:
> >> Diego Biurrun <diego at biurrun.de> writes:
> >> > On Fri, Mar 03, 2006 at 01:05:45PM -0800, Roman Shaposhnick wrote:
> >> >>
> >> >> P.S. It funny how nowadays I tend to hand WikiPedia links much more
> >> >> frequently than I used to -- OpenSource approach to knowledge
> >> >> definitely is the best thing since OpenSource software ;-)
> >> >
> >> > I wholeheartedly agree. Wikipedia is just amazing...
> >> And just like open source software the quality varies immensely. Some
> >> articles are excellent, while others contain outright lies. Not to
> >> mention the editing wars going on with some articles... The technical
> >> articles tend to be above average though.
> > The real question, though, is how it compares to traditional paper
> > encyclopedias. Yes, the quality varies, but overall I'm very satisfied.
> > Furthermore it's very hard to find a topic that is not covered nowadays.
> > Have you ever tried to look up - say - mathematical subjects in an
> > encyclopedia?
> The Encyclopaedia Britannica has a solid treatment of quite complex
> scientific topics. IIRC, there is an article on calculus spanning on
> the order of 100 pages in fairly fine print. It's not comparable to a
> proper book on the matter, but that's not the purpose of an
I'll give you an example: I recently needed to know the exact difference
between perfect and maximal matchings on graphs, because the book I was
studying from was unclear. I looked through several math books to no
avail, but I immediately found it on Wikipedia...
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