Prophetic Nerds

Written by Jesse S. Somer

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The computer-to-phone service does have a fee but it still costs less thanrepparttar rates on a normal telephone, although my friend says thatrepparttar 142931 quality isn't as good asrepparttar 142932 other Skype method yet. What does this mean for future communication in our world? It means eventually telephone companies will probably have to become Internet communication providers, and by that stage they will probably raise prices, as they will be losing so much ofrepparttar 142933 revenue that they make now from overcharging on telephone services. It's kind of likerepparttar 142934 situation we have with fossil fuels versus environmentally friendly energy production. Even thoughrepparttar 142935 technology exists,repparttar 142936 oil companies aren't going to bring it out until they've made every cent they can fromrepparttar 142937 old technology.

However, asrepparttar 142938 Internet is a new medium whererepparttar 142939 general public has much more power and freedom from corporation and government constraints, this new technology has a much better chance of being implemented into our society straight away. 115 million downloads of Skype alone means that ifrepparttar 142940 phone companies try and block this sort of communication completely, people probably won't stand for it. This is also an important fact as it means that Internet nerds have a much better chance of bringing their ideas to reality, compared with nerds in other areas of human progress that are controlled more by big money-makers. As for now, if I were you I'd get onto Skype or another Internet voice communication provider and save your hard earned cash for as long as you can.

Jesse S. Somer M6.Net Jesse S. Somer doesn't like being called a nerd, but if nerds are creating a better life for the world, he might just deal with it.

Knowledge From the People, For the People

Written by Jesse S. Somer

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There is also a current events section that reads a lot like a newspaper but is actually written by people fromrepparttar general community in a kind of blog format. This is a step forward in hearingrepparttar 142930 whole story about an event. You can look at previous dates like an archive that sure beats having to keep your old newspapers.

There are also some ‘sister’ projects being constructed byrepparttar 142931 Wikipedia group such asrepparttar 142932 Wiktionary (dictionary and thesaurus), Wikibooks (free textbooks and manuals), Wikiquote (collection of quotations), Wikisource (free source documents), Wikispecies (directory of species), Wikinews (free content news source), Commons (shared media), and Meta-Wiki (Wikimedia).

Inrepparttar 142933 site’s Community Portal section they actively ask visitors to help research specific topics as well work in collaborations. They need people to copy-edit articles as well as expanding, cleaning up and updating pages. I think it is a definite opportunity for people who would like to be writers, researchers, editors andrepparttar 142934 like to get some real practice in their preferred trade.

“Imagine a world in which every person has free access torepparttar 142935 sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing.” This is Wikipedia’s message and it’s quite an altruistic one. As they are a non-profit organisation they rely on participants’ donations to buy servers and bandwidth, discspace etc that they need to keep up withrepparttar 142936 growing amount of users. So, if you think it’s a great idea, get onrepparttar 142937 boat, tell us what you know, and share your wealth with all.

Jesse S. Somer M6.Net Jesse S. Somer likes the idea of a world working and learning together as one with truth and knowledge seen as the greatest commodoties. Love and compassion are pretty imporatant too, how will we incorporate them into an encyclopedia?

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