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ultraexactzz (546422) writes "Dayton, Ohio, and many of its surrounding suburbs, switched over to a Regional Dispatch Center on March 26th. The idea was that a single dispatch center would be cheaper and more efficient. Less than one day later, however, officials have shut down the center due to unresolved technical issues. The issue was brought to public attention when a house burned to the ground while dispatchers attempted to figure out which jurisdiction's firefighters to send. From the article, the fire "...burned for nearly 30 minutes before rescue arrived, witnesses said. A total of 14 emergency calls were made, with five of them going unanswered by dispatchers."" Link to Original Source top
Ultraexactzz (546422) writes "Wikipedia's content is licensed under the GDFL, which permits such content to be copied with attribution — and Wikipedia is used to its content being copied and mirrored. However, a new website at http://e-wikipedia.net/ appears to have taken this a step further by mirroring the entire english wikipedia — articles, logos, disclaimers, userpages, and all. Compare Wikipedia's About page with e-wikipedia.net's. The site even adds to Wikipedia's normally ad-free interface by including text ads."
ultraexactzz writes | more than 5 years ago
I'm going to propose a small project for someone to tackle. It might be me if I get no response, but - quite honestly - I don't have the time to do it proper, and I suspect it would be a much simpler task for 10 or 20 Slashdotters to handle than it would be for one.
The FAQs need some TLC.
In most cases, I'm seeing answers to Frequently Asked Questions that are dated in 2000. No problem, as they're likely still accurate - for all of our progress, not a whole lot has changed as far as the fundamental design philosophy of this site. But there are some items that aren't exactly accurate anymore.
-- The Editorial FAQ still lists the Submissions Bin as the queue for submissions, when the system now uses the Firehose. There's a Firehose FAQ, and it is up-to-date - but perhaps the two should be cross-linked.
-- The Comments and Moderation FAQ (here) discusses flat, threaded, and nested comments, and includes a helpful example image - which uses the interface from several years ago. The page also notes that "it's pretty tough to post a comment that breaks Netscape."
-- The images for Friends, Foes, and the like are also shown, when I notice that we've moved to a text-based relationship system - that's why I checked the FAQ, I figured I'd missed something.
There are others out there, I'm sure - and I mean this not as a criticism of the site or the FAQ, but merely as a "Hey maybe this is something simple that we can help with" thing. If not, then at least I've noted the problem, and maybe someone will fix it. Either way, the world will continue to spin.