Wikipedia Back Online After Repairing Cut Cables, Summer School Students Rejoice

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Scatter

Wikipedia was the only company transmitting data over these lines that stretched from Florida to Virginia?

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vrmlbasic

Wow, so Netflix isn't the only huge web-based "institution" which has practiced extremely poor redundancy practices.

Where are they getting their network engineers? Next question would be are said engineers simply incompetent, or do they just acquiesce to the bean counters when they balk at the cost of proper redundancy, throwing their credibility under the bus?

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wolfing

considering the founder keeps popping up once in a while asking for donations to keep the site alive, I doubt they have too much redundancy

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vrmlbasic

What, their loaded known supporters like George Soros can't throw a few more bucks their way?

Shoot, Wikipedia/media founder Jimmy Wales is, as Google cheerily reports, worth 25 million dollars himself. That's ~10% of Romney's "infamous" wealth.

The "they ain't got no money" excuse just died.

https://www.google.com/#hl=en&gs_nf=1&cp=21&gs_id=6&xhr=t&q=jimmy+wales+net+worth&pf=p&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&oq=jimmy+wales+net+worth&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=f7bcdab3fe9d6679&biw=1920&bih=976

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xmichaelx

Wikipedia is a nonprofit, so it's not surprising that they don't have multiple fail-safes in place.

On the other hand, if you'd like to donate your vast networking skills -- or host a mirror -- I'm sure they'd be receptive.

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winmaster

Hmmm, how much space would a Wikipedia mirror take up?...

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