On Sun, Apr 23, 2006 at 11:54:15AM +0200, Andy Rabagliati wrote:
On Sat, 22 Apr 2006, Jay R. Ashworth wrote:
But I'm stickin with "how does
installing an always out of date copy of
something already available somewhere else on the web do anyone any good?"
I do not know about the original enquirer, but to answer your question :-
In South Africa, we install wikipedia at schools that do not even have
modem access to the 'net.
And that's a perfectly good justification for an off-line copy.
The keyword is, of course, "off line".
It gives them a taste of what Internet is, without
most of the cr*p, and
they love it. Yes, I said Internet.
Well, I'm not sure that generalization really holds; the Internet is
exceedingly uneven, and there are lots of things both cooler and
crappier than Wikipedia.
I am very excited by current efforts to provide
straight HTML dumps of
wikipedia, as I find the extra requirement of mysql causes downtime.
And by all means; I wasn't denigrating the idea of dumping the site. I
was merely questioning the wisdom of the use the OP intended to make of
it. (OK, perhaps "questioning the wisdom" is a bit overly polite :-)
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A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
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