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How to survive the Wikipedia blackout

By Laura Marsh  

Five coping strategies for a tough 24 hours

Most of us will be able to cope when the Cheezburger Network goes offline tomorrow. But news that Wikipedia is joining protests against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) is more serious. The “blackout” on all 3,847,673 of its English-language pages tomorrow will disrupt the routines of the site’s 25m daily visitors, making obscure references ungoogleable and frustrating urges for idle browsing. Here are five ways to prepare before the internet’s fount of all…

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