[Ffmpeg-devel] Re: [OT] Wikipedia
Sat Mar 4 01:10:15 CET 2006
Diego Biurrun <diego at biurrun.de> writes:
> 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...
Good for you. The problem with Wikipedia, like almost everything on
the Internet, is that you can't quite trust it. I put more faith in
something I read in a book by a reputable author than what some
anonymous person has scribbled on a web page.
mru at inprovide.com
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