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Wikipedia In Your Pocket, $99

kdawson posted more than 4 years ago | from the or-are-you-just-glad-to-see-me dept.

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An anonymous reader notes the announcement by Sean Moss-Pultz (Openmoko, Inc.) of a new geek device: The $99 WikiReader. All of Wikipedia in your pocket with no Internet connection required. Works in bright sunlight. 3-button interface. You can update the information in the WikiReader either by mail (they ship a microSD card) or by downloading a 4+ GB file.

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Hitch Hiker's Guide (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29735895)

Finally we have a hitch hiker's guide to Earth!

Re:Hitch Hiker's Guide (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#29735909)

Damn, foiled again by AC!

<Khan>ACCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC!</Khan>

citation please (4, Funny)

jDeepbeep (913892) | more than 4 years ago | (#29735935)

[citation required]

Re:Hitch Hiker's Guide (4, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 4 years ago | (#29735987)

Finally we have a hitch hiker's guide to Earth!

WTF are you talking about? Everything important to say about Earth can be summed up in two words.

Re:Hitch Hiker's Guide (2, Funny)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736073)

Everything important to say about Earth can be summed up in two words.

Is 'manbearpig' three words, one word or two halves of a word? ;)

Re:Hitch Hiker's Guide (1)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736233)

IIRC manbearpig is three halfs of a word.

Re:Hitch Hiker's Guide (1)

megamerican (1073936) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736251)

Everything important to say about Earth can be summed up in two words.

Is 'manbearpig' three words, one word or two halves of a word? ;)

It depends on how 'super cereal' you are!

Re:Hitch Hiker's Guide (1)

Aphoxema (1088507) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736081)

I think they should have stuck with the one... since the universe is apparently blocking our attempts from discovering its secrets.

Re:Hitch Hiker's Guide (1)

popo (107611) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736225)

More importantly, the answer to everything in the universe can be summed up in two digits.

Re:Hitch Hiker's Guide (1)

xaxa (988988) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736305)

More importantly, the answer to everything in the universe can be summed up in two digits.

Real geeks use 110 digits. The answer to everything is 101010.

Re:Hitch Hiker's Guide (2, Insightful)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736443)

101010. Light side (something) and dark side (nothing). Three of each, like the sides of a triangle. Like two triforces, one good and one evil, balancing each other, Yin and Yang.

The Universe is at peace with itself.

Re:Hitch Hiker's Guide (1)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736215)

Given the content of Wikipedia, I'd say this is "mostly harmless"...

WikiReader? (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#29735897)

While "WikiReader" explains in one made-up word what the device actually is, they should have tried to get bonus nerd points and get the trademark rights to sell it as "The Guide".

optional firmware for GPS ? (1)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 4 years ago | (#29735901)

I have a device just like this, touch screen and all, its my GPS. Is there any sort of open form factor that vendors could use to be EITHER a GPS, a WikiReader, MP3 player, etc? Stop the gadget proliferation !!

Re:optional firmware for GPS ? (2, Funny)

Smidge204 (605297) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736075)

> Is there any sort of open form factor that vendors could use to be EITHER a GPS, a WikiReader, MP3 player, etc? Stop the gadget proliferation !!

Good news! You can get one gadget that's all that PLUS a phone!

=Smidge=

Re:optional firmware for GPS ? (1)

sircastor (1051070) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736103)

Not an open one... not really anyway. Smart phone fill this need already. If someone would design an open-platform for Android, I think that would be a winner. Unfortunately, I don't think that's going to happen. There's little incentive for someone to create a handset that is open-hardware

trick you into thinking I'm educated (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29735903)

Put it in a retinal display so people think I'm smart, then I'll buy it.

Re:trick you into thinking I'm educated (4, Insightful)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736013)

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. - Einstein

Re:trick you into thinking I'm educated (2, Insightful)

eln (21727) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736485)

Sure, but the true secret to appearing intelligent is quick and accurate Googling.

Solution looking for a problem (3, Insightful)

pv2b (231846) | more than 4 years ago | (#29735913)

With ubiquitous cellular broadband practically everywhere (that matters) and phones with good web browsers in them, this is a solution looking for a problem.

Re:Solution looking for a problem (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29735977)

Three points to consider:

- It's openmoko based, so it's extremely hackable.
- It uses standard AAA batteries. I can't overstate how important this is to me.
- No contract, hard copy of reference information, safe to give to a kid.

This seems like a good gift solution for

a. hackers
b. travelers
c. parents

Re:Solution looking for a problem (1)

FooAtWFU (699187) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736001)

I found the problem for the solution! It's called "Airplane Mode". I suspect a related problem may also exist in the wilderness, on the ocean, or places with underdeveloped network infrastructure!

Re:Solution looking for a problem (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29736045)

it strikes me as a good solution for people who don't (and don't want to) pay $150/mo in phone plan charges.

or for people for whom battery life is a concern.

Re:Solution looking for a problem (1)

mdarksbane (587589) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736279)

Or for people who don't live in a major city, but hey, thanks for telling me I don't matter! :)

Still wished they'd used a lithium ion battery, though, just to make the form factor fit a pocket better.

Re:Solution looking for a problem (4, Informative)

Doctor Faustus (127273) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736179)

We don't all want to pay for data plans.

Re:Solution looking for a problem (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29736347)

Well it found a problem. Specifically, my problem.

I was reflecting on how I would like to throw some money their way, but don't really want to donate and don't really need CD's.

I don't have a dataplan on my phone and don't want one.

This device is perfect. I will own one.

Re:Solution looking for a problem (5, Insightful)

FlyingBishop (1293238) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736351)

yeah, there's no use for an encyclopedia with detailed information on all edible plants out in the middle of nowhere where there's no cell access.

and you couldn't possibly find yourself in a situation where you need information but can't access your wireless, despite being in a 'covered' area, cell phone coverage is, practically, perfect.

Oh, also, power outages. Infrastructure is all well and good, but having all the knowledge you need about the world around you at your fingertips regardless of the state of the outside world is great.

I'd say the places that matter the most are precisely the places that don't have cell access.

Sophists Dream (5, Funny)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 4 years ago | (#29735917)

Great! Now I can regale and browbeat others with authoritative sounding misinformation wherever I go. Cafe discourses and dinner discussions will never be the same again!

Re:Sophists Dream (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29736127)

I'll get interested when I see an actual working version of the device. All you see on the website is the back of a chunk of white plastic being held by an eight-year-old, and a bunch of diagrams that appear to have been drawn by said child.

Re:Sophists Dream (1)

BasilBrush (643681) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736163)

That might be all you can see, but I can see 4 videos showing it in action.

Re:Sophists Dream (1)

nobodylocalhost (1343981) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736481)

kinda sad the collective real/mis information we have is only about 4 gigs, the size of a blu ray disk full of porn.

I've got wikipedia reader in my pocket (3, Insightful)

tylersoze (789256) | more than 4 years ago | (#29735925)

It's called an iPhone. :)

Re:I've got wikipedia reader in my pocket (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29736021)

It's called an iPhone. :)

Forgot to post as anonymous coward?

(captcha "phones". freaky.)

Funny that... (2, Funny)

denzacar (181829) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736079)

Mine's called k700i... But I often refer to it as Bob.

Older iPods or other MP3 players (1)

digsbo (1292334) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736175)

There have been various Rockbox and iPodLinux packages available for this for several years. You can get an old iPod or other device and burn your own for a fraction of the cost of this new device. Maybe not as efficient, but certainly cheaper. I'm going to do this on an old iPod Mini.

Re:I've got wikipedia reader in my pocket (3, Insightful)

sowth (748135) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736361)

How much did your iphone cost? Does it run on batteries you can buy anywhere for cheap? According to the website this device runs on AAAs.

This sounds like a great little cheap device. If I can make and load my own articles (the site said something about updating with a flash card), then it could be useful for me. If this is programmable (open source mentioned) and has a touch screen like it appeared (video had someone typing search in a touch-screen keyboard), then it could have all sorts of uses. If you are rich enough to buy an iPhone, then obviously this device is not for you.

Re:I've got wikipedia reader in my pocket (1)

Disgruntled Goats (1635745) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736471)

How much did your iphone cost?

Probably $99 dollars.

Does it run on batteries you can buy anywhere for cheap?

By the time one needs to worry about changing the battery in the iPhone one could have just upgraded to the latest one for $99 when they renew their contract.

Better Yet: Sarah (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29735939)

Going Rogue [facebook.com] .

The Palinator should just GO AWAY.

Good luck on your next "speaking" engagement. Bbiittcchh.

So this is ... (3, Interesting)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 4 years ago | (#29735955)

An encyclopedia in the form of an e-book for $99. Sorry if I'm not too excited...

Re:So this is ... (1)

interval1066 (668936) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736091)

If it truly is an eReader for $99 that's actually pretty sweet, but otherwise, yeah, a bit of a snoozer. I can jump online with my CDMA phone (YES; I'm going GSM soon) and peruse wp at any time. AND transfer a 4G file to update the thing? Forget that. Makes it useless. Here's a hint guys: INCREMENTAL UPDATE. Hardly cutting-edge technology. Get it together, inventors.

Re:So this is ... (2, Interesting)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736165)

I was using it very loosely... as in a non-paper book. :)

IMO, not only is the hardware somewhat lacking, I'm not sure I even want a wikipedia reference. Why not something somewhat authoritative? Wikipedia is alright and all, but there are definite issues with it once you get outside of certain to pics. Not that other encyclopedia's are perfect, but at least they have trained/educated editors and researchers that are presumably paid to be good at it.

When I wrote research papers in college, it seems to me that peer-reviewed (not just some guy saying they reviewed it) papers were the only accepted sources for a research paper. Original research was ok (as opposed to WP's position on it) but had to be extremely well documented. Of course, this was a music history research paper, so...

Re:So this is ... (3, Insightful)

oh2 (520684) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736297)

There is a lot of research about wikipedia and its veracity going on. You can look at Episteme [eupjournals.com] for instance that did a themed issue about the social web where Wikipedia figures prominently. I have also read research papers where they establish that the information in Wikipedia generally is as good as or better than encyclopedica brittannica. Dont knock the wikis.

Re:So this is ... (1)

Aphoxema (1088507) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736171)

Beats paying a grand for every edition you have to throw away when it becomes dated. Beats buying a Kindle. Beats paying for data on cellular. I might buy one just because you're not excited.

Re:So this is ... (1)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736415)

An encyclopedia in the form of an e-book for $99. Sorry if I'm not too excited...

I bought a nice new 30-volume Britannica in 1983 (leather-bound dead trees). It cost considerably more than $99, and is no longer up-to-date. It still resides on my bookshelves, but rarely gets consulted any more. This is one of the few cases where the ebook is actually superior to the dead-tree version, as it can be kept up-to-date, while the dead-tree version progressively loses relevance over decades.
My only gripe about this ebook is that a few GB seems too little. I have not tried to httrack wikipedia's English edition (and mirroring only wikipedia and wikimedia material), but suspect that 10s of GB would be needed, since so much of the graphics are in bitmap rather than vector form.

Which Search Software Does This Employ? (4, Interesting)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 4 years ago | (#29735967)

Love the idea but I'm a little cautious of Wikipedia's search engine. Not sure if they're rendering the php the same way and using MediaWiki's built in search engine but I have problems with that if they are. For instance if I search for hottest pepper [wikipedia.org] the answer is the seventh result. On Google, it's the second result but also found in the first (being on the page for Scoville scale on Wikipedia).

The time this would be really useful to me is when I get into arguments at bars or restaurants with friends. I'm a bit concerned about how well the search part of this device will work for that, I'd probably need to rethink a lot of my searches to start at an obvious Wikipedia page and then lead me to my answer.

Probably wonderful for just reading through Wikipedia on a bus or plane though, too bad it doesn't seem to have the images, videos or audio.

Re:Which Search Software Does This Employ? (2, Insightful)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736049)

I can guarantee you they're not actually running MediaWiki on PHP. It would make no sense to run a web browser and a web server and a database server just for one embedded device. It's probably just some basic firmware reading data off a flash chip.

Re:Which Search Software Does This Employ? (1)

BarryJacobsen (526926) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736365)

The search is just going off of the words used in the article. You'll notice all the results before the answer when you searched for "hottest pepper" contains text that says "one of the Xth hottest peppers in the world". The answer (Naga Jolokia pepper) uses the phrasing hottest chili (and thus if you search for "hottest chili" it is the top result).

Re:Which Search Software Does This Employ? (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736381)

The time this would be really useful to me is when I get into arguments at bars or restaurants with friends.

My friends would laugh at me citing Wikipedia. Real Geeks use authoritative references.
 
You know you're in a Real Geek argument when the geek in question has a better library on the topic than any library within 100 miles (except maybe a college specializing in the topic), and half the books are on the table, floor, and any other handy horizontal surface during the debate.

a 4G+ file? (5, Interesting)

loftwyr (36717) | more than 4 years ago | (#29735969)

Have these people never heard of a diff? How about just letting me download the changes! The Wiki can tell them what they are.

That's worse than useless if I have to redownload all of wikipedia to keep it up to date.

Luckily I have a smart phone with internet access.

Re:a 4G+ file? (2, Interesting)

Tyler Eaves (344284) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736087)

The file on the device is probably compressed in a way that makes a diff impractical.

Re:a 4G+ file? (2, Insightful)

PCM2 (4486) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736193)

That still sounds like a design flaw. In the worst-case scenario, the problem should be that the device doesn't have enough CPU and extra storage space to uncompress the archive and apply the diffs. Even in that case, I should be able to offload the current archive version to my PC, apply the diffs there, and then load it back onto the device.

Re:a 4G+ file? (1)

Tyler Eaves (344284) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736289)

Really, in the end blame Wikipedia for not producing diffs. Storm in a teakettle...
Is 4GB really such an imposition these days? That's about 40 minutes of downloading. How long do you think making many many changes to a heavily compressed 4GB archive on your PC is going to take...never mind two-transfer of 4GB of stuff over USB or whatever.

Re:a 4G+ file? (1)

PCM2 (4486) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736487)

Is it really 40 minutes of downloading for the kind of people who thing this device is more attractive/affordable than a mobile phone with a data plan?

Re:a 4G+ file? (1)

Absolut187 (816431) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736187)

I thought Wikipedia had several terabytes of data, so maybe 4gigs *is* just the changes.

Could be totally wrong tho.

Re:a 4G+ file? (1)

Chameleon Man (1304729) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736243)

With how big wikipedia is, 4+ gigs IS the diff. And contrary to what someone else has stated, compression can still be factored into it with diff, but there would be a tradeoff. For instance, each wiki could be compressed, through which the diff would only have to update the wikis that were altered.

Re:a 4G+ file? (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736335)

> Luckily I have a smart phone with internet access.

Luckily I have a smart phone with internet access, 4 gigs of storage and fast broadband at home, so I couldn't care less about the difference between a few hundred megs of diff info and just getting the whole thing. I don't need to faff about applying diffs in the right order, waiting for them to process etc each time I update. I can browse my download locally or just use a browser like usual.

This thing doesn't solve any problems the sort of people who'd be interested in using it already have, and the rest of the population of the world isn't going to want yet another piece of crap in their pocket that just does one thing.

Don't Panic (3, Funny)

lothos (10657) | more than 4 years ago | (#29735973)

Finally, the HHGG in your pocket.

Does it come with a towel, or do I need to provide my own?

Is this a derivative work? (2, Interesting)

popo (107611) | more than 4 years ago | (#29735975)

According to the rules of open source... all derivative works must also be open source.

This is hardware. Does that mean that the design, specifications and technology used are also open source?

Re:Is this a derivative work? (1)

Raptoer (984438) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736065)

Simple, there is no such rule.
It depends instead on the particular license that Wikipedia uses.
Some open source works use a license that allows closed source derivatives, others do not.

Re:Is this a derivative work? (1)

popo (107611) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736177)

Uh.. there is such a rule. It's called ShareAlike, and it very much applies to Wikipedia

"Share Alike—If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same, similar or a compatible license."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Text_of_Creative_Commons_Attribution-ShareAlike_3.0_Unported_License [wikipedia.org]

Re:Is this a derivative work? (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736095)

What derivative work? We're talking about hardware accessing and displaying information. Or do you think people using Windows or Mac OS X don't have the right to use wikipedia.org?

Re:Is this a derivative work? (1)

popo (107611) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736195)

No we're not. That's an oversimplification. We're talking about selling Wikipedia. This isn't "accessing" the website. This is "selling" the content.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Text_of_Creative_Commons_Attribution-ShareAlike_3.0_Unported_License [wikipedia.org]

Re:Is this a derivative work? (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736393)

What if the fee is asked for the work of porting/compresing/whatever the content, and not the content itself?

Then again I haven't read the details of the whole thing.

Re:Is this a derivative work? (4, Informative)

mpoulton (689851) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736229)

According to the rules of open source... all derivative works must also be open source.

This is hardware. Does that mean that the design, specifications and technology used are also open source?

That's an easy question! Answer: No.

First, the hardware is not derived from Wikipedia. That's just silly. Second, even if it were "derivative" in some sense of the word, hardware itself is not copyrightable, and thus not subject to the GPL in any meaningful sense.

Re:Is this a derivative work? (0, Offtopic)

popo (107611) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736295)

Whether or not the hardware is derived from Wikipedia may not be the issue. You can't pick and choose what you've borrowed, and haven't borrowed under the ShareAlike license.

It reads like this:
"If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same, similar or a compatible license."

I think that's very much open to interpretation. I'd definitely call this product "building upon [Wikipedia]".

Re:Is this a derivative work? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29736253)

Seems to be by the same guys who made the Neo phone (OpenMoko). The hardware should be open if they stick to their earlier rules. They also seems to have approval from Wikimedia to use their name.

Re:Is this a derivative work? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29736311)

I put linux on my computer, does the computer hardware need to be opensource... of course not...

Use your fucking mind you twit....

Re:Is this a derivative work? (1)

kryptKnight (698857) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736349)

According to the rules of open source... all derivative works must also be open source

"The rules of open source" is about as vague a term as "the rules of good sportsmanship". The content of Wikipedia is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License [wikipedia.org] which only requires that you attribute Wikipedia and share any adaptations of it under the same license.

Re:Is this a derivative work? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29736427)

I don't see how it would be. This looks more like a reader with a copy of the wiki on a disk. So it would be distributing but not a derivative work.

Fuck Wikipedia (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29735993)

Fuck you to Raul654, J.delanoy, pgk, Mike.lifeguard, Nawlinwiki, Pmdrive1061, Pathoschild, TNXMan, and all the other pathetic Wiki admins. You can suck my cock

Willy on Wheels! Hagger! Bambifan101 and Wikipedia is Communism.

Inaccuracies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29735995)

What about all the inaccuracies that make it into the downloaded copy before they're reverted on Wikipedia? Wouldn't it take a while for them to be reverted on the downloaded copy?

Re:Inaccuracies (1)

sowth (748135) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736237)

What about the inaccuracies which are in Wikipedia when you read it online? What about inaccuracies which are in any source (online, books, or other places)?

Cool gift (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29735999)

It's perfect for my niece and nephew for school and writing reports. Just handy not having to have an internet connection. I wish the design was more pocket sized though.

Re:Cool gift (1)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736061)

It's perfect for my niece and nephew for school and writing reports.

Except that it's not a reliable source for research papers/reports... at least, not for any of the teachers that I have had. And if the niece and nephew are younger, may as well start them out looking at good sources....

Re:Cool gift (1)

sowth (748135) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736197)

What is a reliable source, then? Should they travel to whichever university has the greatest expert on the subject and get an interview? Oh, not enough? So they have to do their own archaeological dig? Oh, but that would be prone to errors. Maybe they need to go back in time to witness the event.

From what I've seen, Wikipedia isn't any less accurate or bias than any dead tree encyclopedia. Anyone who says it isn't good enough for an elementary or high school report is an ass. In fact, for most research, Wikipedia is a decent starting point.

Mostly Harmless (1)

Rene S. Hollan (1943) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736023)

"That's IT?!"

"Well, it's a large galaxy, and there's not a lot of space in the book."

Really, someone should start a HHGTTG-pedia based on HHGTTG canon, and WikiPedia standards for alternate content.

Re:Mostly Harmless (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29736205)

h2g2 - Earth [bbc.co.uk]

Re:Mostly Harmless (3, Informative)

Aphoxema (1088507) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736245)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/ [bbc.co.uk]

Not exactly what you asked for but it's good stuff and it predates Wikipedia.

Discussed this earlier with some peeps (2, Informative)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736033)

The form factor is a bit wonky. Adding just a little more functionality would have made it worth twice as much. Right now it looks like you have to depend on the community to provide delta-updates, they want you to dump 4GB. There are numerous tools [makeuseof.com] for gathering your own wiki subset.

Updates (2, Interesting)

fph il quozientatore (971015) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736051)

Their website is going to host 4GB update files for this gizmo. I can imagine them crawling under bandwidth costs shortly. Why not use bittorrent?

Not that great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29736057)

No images, no hyperlinks (Isn't that the half the point?), there are plenty of little electronic encyclopedia/dictionaries that have been around forever and have actual accurate info. Just use your cellphone to settle your bar bets. Doesn't even have a Back button!

Obligatory xkcd (3, Funny)

lobiusmoop (305328) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736109)

Obligatory xkcd [xkcd.com]

Fuck Wikipedia 2. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29736141)

Fuck you to Raul654, J.delanoy, pgk, Mike.lifeguard, Nawlinwiki, Pmdrive1061, Pathoschild, TNXMan, and all the other pathetic Wiki admins. You can suck my cock

Willy on Wheels! Hagger! Bambifan101 and Wikipedia is Communism..

So... (1)

DarkMage0707077 (1284674) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736149)

Is that The World's Largest Internet Encylopedia in your pocket, or am I happy to see you (leaving)?

Seriously, who are they marketing this toward? Most people who like Wikipedia enough to want to spend $100 to always have it with them probably already have some form of internet-capable device that gives them access at almost any location they could want (laptop, cellphone, netbook, etc). And many of those same people probably enjoy Wikipedia because they can modify articles as they choose (for good, bad and/or ugly), something this does not sound like it would allow them to do as it only transfers data internet-to-device. So I guess their market is toward that segment who believes that The Great Wiki is made up entirely of articles free from all forms of bias and subjectivity thus making it unconditionally gospel, and who have never heard of a "wireless connection" before.

...which, upon further thought and remembering past articles, may actually be a rather large target market...so I guess I do understand why they've made this, even though I'll pretend I don't.

Its called an iPhone (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29736167)

I have an iPhone. I already have Wikipedia in my pocket.

Of course, thanks to AT&T, its more like "I usually have Wikipedia in my pocket." :-)

For me, no. (1)

Snarkalicious (1589343) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736183)

For my 8 year old nephew? Hell, why not? I've been wanting a way to drive my big sister nuts ever since the little guy stopped banging on stuff with random other stuff and showing up with a wooden spoon did the trick. Now, I can make him into a pedantic, spottily informed, know-it-all little chatterbox. Probably for life.

The Website (3, Funny)

oahazmatt (868057) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736189)

The website looks like it was put together in a matter of minutes. I'm having "Netscape Composer" flashbacks.

I clicked "Media". I stopped looking for information when I saw the picture of the old man "researching" Megan Fox.

Aaah... too bad... (2, Funny)

denzacar (181829) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736447)

You should have stayed there for just a bit longer.

Then you would have also noticed the white, bespectacled woman in her 50s "researching" Snoop Dog.
And that 6-year-old WikiReader poster child reading about string theory.

I did not click on the links to see the videos though.
I prefer the version I got in my head, where Will Smith bursts in and shoots that kid before it starts some shit. [youtube.com]

Re:The Website (1)

Smidge207 (1278042) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736469)

Plus, by his hat, he's a Red Sox fan. That *really* killed it for me.

Awesome. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29736203)

Now you too can have 4+ GB of data of dubious accuracy in the palm of your hand for only $99!

Got a Kindle already (3, Informative)

Profane MuthaFucka (574406) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736207)

Wikipedia online plus Google, the interwebs, and books too.

Too many pockets? (1)

roboguy (632460) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736223)

When your ipod, phone, wallet, keys etc aren't quite annoying enough, this handy new device will make sure every last pocket is full to bursting!

A bit small (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736227)

They could have done more with the device at that price point.

lame joke (3, Funny)

Daimanta (1140543) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736299)

Is that the largest encyclopedia in the world for just $99 in your pants or are you just happy to see me?

Fuck Wikipedia 3 (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29736345)

Fuck you to Raul654, J.delanoy, pgk, Mike.lifeguard, Nawlinwiki, Pmdrive1061, Pathoschild, TNXMan, and all the other pathetic Wiki admins. You can suck my cock

Willy on Wheels! Hagger! Bambifan101 and Wikipedia is Communism..
.

This could be huge for developing nations (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29736383)

One of the biggest issues for projects like OLPC is getting electricity and internet to remote locations.
A device like this could be very helpful in remote villages where having a resource on agriculture, emergency medical how-to's, etc. in a compact, low cost device that needs 2 AAA batteries every year could be very helpful. Users could update it a a nearby library, city, etc. that has electricity and internet when they are able to.
If it's modeled anything like the neo/freerunner they will encourage hardware hacking that could evolve the device.

Too cubed (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736421)

Too little, too late, too expensive.

E-Ink, anyone? (1)

kav2k (1545689) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736439)

That device could've been a lot more awesome with an electronic paper display.
*switches attention back to e-book reader*

My iPod Touch version of this (1)

Quay42 (444528) | more than 4 years ago | (#29736457)

Probably many have done the same, but here was my version of this on the iPod Touch (requires jailbreak, or did at the time)

http://quay.wordpress.com/2007/11/12/my-very-own-hitchhikers-guide/ [wordpress.com]

Also, a script to convert it to a more iPhone ish LNF (http://quay.wordpress.com/2007/11/17/iphone-native-look-and-feel-wikipedia/)

Most likely I wouldn't have done this if I had an iPhone originally, as it more generally has access available to it.

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