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Al_Gore the Idiot Posted: Tue, Jan 17 2012 2:48 AM

Wikipedia to black out for 24 hours in protest of the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) proposal:

http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/English_Wikipedia_anti-SOPA_blackout

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Of course you're late on this, but I'll take the opportunity to add this little funny bone...

How To Exploit Wikipedia’s Shutdown Wednesday

 

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Clayton replied on Tue, Jan 17 2012 10:57 AM

The US government is absolutely out of control. At this poinit, I wonder if the only solution is a foreign power cutting them down to size by force, as dangerous and terrifying as that would be for me and my family.

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gotlucky replied on Tue, Jan 17 2012 11:35 AM

Thomas Jefferson:
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

I think it's far more likely that things will get so bad here that people will see the light, or at least some of it.  It could be quite a long time though.

 

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Kakugo replied on Tue, Jan 17 2012 2:31 PM

Our (small) website will join them in the blackout.

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Al_Gore the Idiot:

Wikipedia to black out for 24 hours in protest of the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) proposal:

http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/English_Wikipedia_anti-SOPA_blackout

 

Oh noez!! They're using their monopoly power to get their way. Quickly, someone call the government!

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Rabbi Lapin: "Let's make bricks!"
Stephan Kinsella: "Say you and I both want to make a German chocolate cake."

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DanielMuff replied on Wed, Jan 18 2012 12:56 AM

fml

 

To paraphrase Marc Faber: We're all doomed, but that doesn't mean that we can't make money in the process.
Rabbi Lapin: "Let's make bricks!"
Stephan Kinsella: "Say you and I both want to make a German chocolate cake."

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Barely past midnight and the blackout already caught me...in the most ironic way possible.

 

I was reading something about SOPA and it occured to me to look up who the author of the bill was...so of course my browser search bar gets switched over to Wikipedia and "SOPA" goes in the textbox.  The page pops up, I start to read it, and then I'm hit with...

 

I don't think I've ever appreciated Wikipedia more.

 

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If you disable javascript, then the script that blacks out the page won't run.

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Yeah I figured that was the only way they could have the normal site show up and then the blackout be basically a popup.  But even if people knew how to do that, it would still be a nuisance.  (The great part is, everyone who does know how to do that is already up to speed and on board.)

 

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They could also do it with CSS3, but then you would just need to disable CSS.

 

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You know what I mean.  They didn't just have the url redirect to a blackout page, they have the blackout pop up over the normal page using a script instead.  My guess is to make it more jarring...like you get to the site and everything's fine and you start to read and "blam".  Rejected.

It hits people better.

 

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I like that effect.

 

To paraphrase Marc Faber: We're all doomed, but that doesn't mean that we can't make money in the process.
Rabbi Lapin: "Let's make bricks!"
Stephan Kinsella: "Say you and I both want to make a German chocolate cake."

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claudius replied on Wed, Jan 18 2012 3:28 PM

Press the escape key before the blackout.

 

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John James:
My guess is to make it more jarring...like you get to the site and everything's fine and you start to read and "blam".  Rejected.

I first thought was that the "see the page for two seconds then get blocked"-effect was supposed to imitate the style of how government-censored internet looks, such as China's big firewall.

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James replied on Wed, Jan 18 2012 6:43 PM

Press the escape key before the blackout.

I had to disable some of my dodgy pre-caching settings before I noticed there was a "before the blackout".

Now I feel like an ass.

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Wheylous replied on Wed, Jan 18 2012 9:23 PM

No. "Press the escape key before the blackout" is actually symbolic for "run away before the government institutes full shutdown mode."

True story.

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The article appears to be another one of those Democrats versus Republicans sort of thing.

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