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January 18, 2012, 07:57:12 AM
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I needed a piece of info, so I headed to my favorite info-on-demand site but, lo and behold, it was dark. Now, I didn't mean to do it, but after giving it a shot, there it all was--no longer dark. So, if you're in the same boat, or maybe just need a fix, I offer up this hack: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:syoUD6zHWlgJ:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollar_sign+&cd=6&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

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(there is no significance with that particular search result)
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January 18, 2012, 08:02:16 AM
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Its not cheating. The whole point of the blackout is raising awareness. If you are already aware of the issue (as I suspect most ppl on this board are), I see no harm getting the info you want from google cache.

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January 18, 2012, 08:04:22 AM
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You can also just disable JavaScript.

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January 18, 2012, 09:47:03 AM
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You can also stop the page loading (eg pressing escape) before the Javascript runs.

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January 18, 2012, 11:15:16 AM
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there's also http://universalexposure.com.au/wikiproxy.php

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January 18, 2012, 06:10:10 PM
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or just run it noscript.  turn off javascript etc Smiley

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January 18, 2012, 09:00:51 PM
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My friend just set up a redirect to the Spanish version with Google translate.

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January 18, 2012, 09:05:06 PM
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My friend just set up a redirect to the Spanish version with Google translate.
That'd be pretty impressive, had it not been for the fact that it works just fine if you disable JS, which you (he/she?) should be doing on a global basis with a whitelist anyway.
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January 18, 2012, 09:12:19 PM
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My friend just set up a redirect to the Spanish version with Google translate.
That'd be pretty impressive, had it not been for the fact that it works just fine if you disable JS, which you (he/she?) should be doing on a global basis with a whitelist anyway.

He did that on the home software router, automatically redirecting Wikipedia requests with that setup, but then he does like to make things complicated. He also did that yesterday before knowing how Wikipedia was going to do their thing.

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January 19, 2012, 03:16:05 AM
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While on the road today, I listened to an NPR segment about a college girl who was distraught because Wikipedia was down and she could not do her important research paper(s). The thoughts that came to mind upon listening to that segment: I figured it out on my own by accident + common sense after midnight last night; she's a college kid and knows other college kids and could have easily asked other kids if there's a workaround; NPR didn't offer a solution, albeit two segments later aired a segment offering two workarounds--foreign language (Danish was the example) and Google cache; last, and here is where we're all fucked, what the hell type of research paper was she penning of which only Wikipedia will be her main source? Is this research for a grade? A thesis? A dissertation? A profound piece of work that will effect generations to come? In the segment it was mentioned that tens of thousands of college students were in the same boat. I have one final question. Is this boat heading to Tuscany? And whose the captain? (Oops! Two questions.)

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January 19, 2012, 05:01:28 AM
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I just saw the page appear before the blackout screen and figured I'd stop whatever was loading... so I pressed esc. And yea, as I've said elsewhere, NPR does not have informed or intelligent people on the air, that's why I stopped listening (except for ken nordine's word jazz which is awesome).

I think it takes a slightly above average understanding of browsers to think of the solution though. For example, if my car didn't start I wouldn't think to perform some percussive maintenance on the starter to unstick the solenoid on my own. Someone had to show me one time.
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January 19, 2012, 05:09:40 AM
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I just saw the page appear before the blackout screen and figured I'd stop whatever was loading... so I pressed esc. And yea, as I've said elsewhere, NPR does not have informed or intelligent people on the air, that's why I stopped listening (except for ken nordine's word jazz which is awesome).

I think it takes a slightly above average understanding of browsers to think of the solution though. For example, if my car didn't start I wouldn't think to perform some percussive maintenance on the starter to unstick the solenoid on my own. Someone had to show me one time.

I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with one thing, bcbc113. Although I may not agree with a lot NPR airs, there are intelligent people conducting the shows. Uninformed--many times. Unintelligent--unlikely. Bias-- Grin

Now about your car. I had a Vega...ONCE!!!

~Bruno~
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