Latest Tech News – 20 November

Windows XP

Windows XP SP3 getting closer

While most people are still using Windows XP with the Service Pack 2, the beta testers for Microsoft have recently got a test version of the upcoming SP3.

Sadly, there is no exact information when this pack is going to be available to the public, at first it was speculated a 2006 release, but Vista got in the middle and didn’t let the Microsoft folks work on upgrade. So now, the expected release date is somewhere in the first half of 2008, in the meanwhile, the 15,000 beta testers will report all the bugs they can find, and hopefully the final product won’t have many glitches.

Keep in mind that the Service Pack 3 isn’t suppose to present new features, it will only fix and improve “bad” stuff found in SP2.

Author copies Wikipedia content to book

On the world wide web there are scandals popping up everyday, and one of the most recent ones is related to content from Wikipedia being copied to a book, and not mentioning the source.

The book was published by John Wily & Sons, it is named “Black Gold: The New Frontier in Oil for Investors” and was written by George Orwel. As for the copied content – no more, no less, than 5 paragraphs about the Khobar Towers. The most recent version of the article on the wiki isn’t similar to the one on the book, but if we look back to an older version dated 2005 – the text is virtually identical

Evidently, the publisher staff said that future reprints of the book will be corrected to mention the wiki-source.

Sources – CNet and NYTimes

Guest post by Tiago of Gadgetizer