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Out of the Blue

With the battle still raging over whether the U.S. will pass its proposed SOPA or PIPA legislation (the former of which seems to have been mortally wounded, but the latter of which is still in play), there is a movement afoot to protest this with a web blackout tomorrow, supported by sites like imgur, reddit, Wikipedia, and more. I can't say I know what such a blackout will accomplish, but I do know the draconian aspects of these bills are unsettling to say the least, so unless something changes drastically in the meantime, my plan is for this site to participate in the blackout. Apologies in advance for the outage should this come to pass.

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58. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 18, 2012, 20:06 Acleacius
 
Omg, he's back in blue!  
The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.That is easy.All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.It works the same way in any country.
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57. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 18, 2012, 19:27 nin
 

It's only 45 minutes until Blue's blackout

Thank goodness
 
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56. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 18, 2012, 19:17 Sepharo
 
It's only 45 minutes until Blue's blackout is over but here I am nonetheless. I really don't check the site much 8am-7pm because I'm working or sleeping then.

Work was very strange indeed without (direct) access to Wikipedia though. When I really wanted to know something my workaround of choice was inserting .m. to use the mobile site instead.
 
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55. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 18, 2012, 16:15 Beamer
 
Rhino wrote on Jan 18, 2012, 15:05:
Beamer wrote on Jan 18, 2012, 14:19:
Yeah, by now most everyone is doing just that.
And how can you not have much use for Wikipedia? I've spent hours on pages for games alone. The X-COM page is full of useful information and links. Most useful site on the web, hands down.

Ah, see, I was speaking in terms of non-entertainment value. I do use wikis and Wikipedia for quick info on games that I may be interested, or some random "thing", just not as a serious research tool. I'm probably not explaining it very well: lack of sleep as the baby spontaneously decided to change her sleep patterns two days ago.

Ah.
Yeah, it's only good as a launching-off point for serious research, and even then so easily tainted with confirmation loops (e.g. someone puts incorrect information on it, someone lazily writes and article using that information but not citing it, someone finds that article and cites it in the incorrect Wikipedia article, now that incorrect information is cited and taken as fact, etc.), but it's great for casual research.

I'm on it perpetually. Any browser I use gets it as a plug-in so I can just highlight terms, right click and search it. And virtually all of my tablet use comes from watching something on TV, wanting more information and looking up the movie, the actors, or the topic on Wikipedia.
 
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54. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 18, 2012, 15:05 Rhino
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 18, 2012, 14:19:
Yeah, by now most everyone is doing just that.
And how can you not have much use for Wikipedia? I've spent hours on pages for games alone. The X-COM page is full of useful information and links. Most useful site on the web, hands down.

Ah, see, I was speaking in terms of non-entertainment value. I do use wikis and Wikipedia for quick info on games that I may be interested, or some random "thing", just not as a serious research tool. I'm probably not explaining it very well: lack of sleep as the baby spontaneously decided to change her sleep patterns two days ago.
 
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53. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 18, 2012, 14:21 nin
 

Or, for an even more simple method, the Esc key. Start a search, hit Esc before the 'blackout page' kicks in. Not that I have much use for Wikipedia, mind you; I just found the workaround funny.

Yeah, it looks like there wasn't a lot of thought put into it beforehand...

I kinda like the consumerist approach to today: they're still posting, but only SOPA stories.

Also enjoyed this:
http://gawker.com/5877192
 
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52. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 18, 2012, 14:19 Beamer
 
Rhino wrote on Jan 18, 2012, 14:12:
Beamer wrote on Jan 18, 2012, 08:21:
nin wrote on Jan 18, 2012, 07:47:
Disable JS - wikipedia works fine. Yawn.

And many are ad-blocking around it.
But those with the know-how to do that likely already know and oppose SOPA.
My mother, however, will likely call me some time this evening asking what the hell is going on with half the websites she visits.

Or, for an even more simple method, the Esc key. Start a search, hit Esc before the 'blackout page' kicks in. Not that I have much use for Wikipedia, mind you; I just found the workaround funny. Protest undone through pressing a button.

Yeah, by now most everyone is doing just that.
And how can you not have much use for Wikipedia? I've spent hours on pages for games alone. The X-COM page is full of useful information and links. Most useful site on the web, hands down.



Also: thank god! For a second I was afraid I was the Omega Man or everyone had become zombies or something.
 
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51. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 18, 2012, 14:12 Rhino
 
Beamer wrote on Jan 18, 2012, 08:21:
nin wrote on Jan 18, 2012, 07:47:
Disable JS - wikipedia works fine. Yawn.

And many are ad-blocking around it.
But those with the know-how to do that likely already know and oppose SOPA.
My mother, however, will likely call me some time this evening asking what the hell is going on with half the websites she visits.

Or, for an even more simple method, the Esc key. Start a search, hit Esc before the 'blackout page' kicks in. Not that I have much use for Wikipedia, mind you; I just found the workaround funny. Protest undone through pressing a button.
 
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50. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 18, 2012, 13:34 Beamer
 
Or just me.  
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49. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 18, 2012, 11:04 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Jan 18, 2012, 08:48:
And Blue's is now black, at least the front...


edit: Seriously, am I the only one who bookmarked the news forum?

No, the main page was down when I posted earlier, but I'm shocked that no one else has said anything.


Just you and me, nin? It's going to be an interesting day!
 
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48. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 18, 2012, 08:48 nin
 
And Blue's is now black, at least the front...


edit: Seriously, am I the only one who bookmarked the news forum?

This comment was edited on Jan 18, 2012, 09:44.
 
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47. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 18, 2012, 08:21 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Jan 18, 2012, 07:47:
Disable JS - wikipedia works fine. Yawn.

And many are ad-blocking around it.
But those with the know-how to do that likely already know and oppose SOPA.
My mother, however, will likely call me some time this evening asking what the hell is going on with half the websites she visits.
 
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46. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 18, 2012, 07:47 nin
 
Disable JS - wikipedia works fine. Yawn.

Also, for any FarScape fans, amazon has the complete series on blu for $68.99.

 
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45. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 18, 2012, 07:27 InBlack
 
And Black Gives Way to Blue....;)  
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I have a nifty blue line!
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44. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 18, 2012, 04:36 Hoop
 
Let me kick this thing off.

And fade to black.
 
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Um .. Behind you...
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43. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 18, 2012, 04:34 Hoop
 
Sepharo wrote on Jan 18, 2012, 00:07:
No joke, I forgot and tried to use Wikipedia at 12:02.

Blue's blackout must not be 24 hours

edit: Oh neither is Reddit's apparently.

Unless they are working on New Zealand time 12pm Wed is 1 & a half hours off.
 
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42. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 18, 2012, 00:07 Sepharo
 
No joke, I forgot and tried to use Wikipedia at 12:02.

Blue's blackout must not be 24 hours

edit: Oh neither is Reddit's apparently.
 
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41. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 17, 2012, 22:49 MisterBenn
 
Sepharo wrote on Jan 17, 2012, 20:06:
typing responses I don't submit

Oh my god I thought I was the only one! I've written a couple of paragraphs before now, then just closed the window after I realise that most Bluenewsers would have encapsulated the same meaning in a single sentence fragment!

I support the blackout, it's good to have principles on these things. incidentally the BBC just reported it over here. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16604990
 
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40. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 17, 2012, 20:56 crypto
 
I agree, shut it down!  
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39. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 17, 2012, 20:45 Hump
 
we gotch yo' back massah Blue.

How about I pick up some ribeyes for the site regulars, we go to your abode, cook em up and have a lan party?
 
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