Wikiscraper causes chaos

On a fairly busy Monday, we get news that some American student invents a way to find out who changed which pages on Wikipedia, and finds out that most of the major companies around the world are partial to a little bit of editing on their own and their competitor’s sites. Making the news just now, mind is this link showing the editing of the Halo (series) page, by an IP address allegedly belonging to a computer over at Sony Liverpool. We’re sure this happens all the time, you know Microsoft employees breaking into Sony Liverpool to make it look like Sony are evil. That must be what happened…

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Naturally, this is fairly silly. However, there’s a whole list of this sort of stuff going on in the first link of this story – here’s some highlights, our observations are in italics:

Microsoft tried to cover up the XBOX 360 failure rate – we figure this is actually impossible, but fair play to them for trying
Apple edit Microsoft entries, adding more negative comments about its rival – we figure it’s actually impossible for Microsoft to get any more negative comments, but fair play to them for trying
The Vatican edits Irish Catholic politician Gerry Adams page – quite right too, he always was an illiterate *&^!
FBI edits Guantanamo Bay, removing numerous pictures – presumably they’ve only left up the ones of the torture and…
MySpace removes paragraph when their website was hacked – MySpace hacks a website to hide the fact that its website was hacked, fair play to them!

And more…but mostly and importantly, Halo 3 is going look like that bloke from Costa Chaos next to Killzone 2’s Keira Knightley – and ain’t that the truth!

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