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  •  at first Wikipedia appeared normal to me.... (12+ / 0-)

    I run Firefox (I'm not hipster enough for Chrome) with NoScript. And apparently the Wikipedia blackout is just a script that overlays the graphic on top of the page. With my NoScript settings that was blocked from running so Wikipedia was functioning as normal.

    I thought they had not blocked out their site. I was so disappointed.

    Then I saw the screenshots here and realized that it was blocked out, but somehow I had accidentally 'hacked' past the blackout. (I'm a Wikipedia blockade runner, just like Han Solo.) So I checked in my NoScript settings and allowed 'wikimedia.org' ... and voila, the blackout screen came up.

    The point of all this is that if you desperately need something from wikipedia today, you can still get it, you just have to block the script that overlays the site. if you run NoScript then just forbid 'wikimedia.org' and you can surf as normal.

    All that being said, you damn well have better contacted your House- and Senate-critters first before you 'fix' wikipedia. If you have the time to 'hack' you have the time to fight for the internet.

    (Even if it is just to implement a little baby work-around like this, which is not really hacking. You can call yourself a hacker today if you want to. I won't tell on you. Besides if SOPA/PIPA passes, we'll all need to become hackers just to get to DK.)

    •  Chrome is soooo mainstream now. (3+ / 0-)
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      chimpy, green917, jbdigriz

      real hipsters use Opera. You'v probably never heard of it.

      :P

      "There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible." - Henry Ford

      by sixeight120bpm on Wed Jan 18, 2012 at 08:39:37 AM PST

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