Hoi,
May I remind you again that at the time the Vrije Universiteit was testing
in a grid how the performance of a MediaWiki based on peer to peer
technology would cope.. The guy who ran the computing department is known
for MINIX.. it was his development.

Why not run p2p and the central server systems in paralel. It may do some
things for us in places like Turkey
Thanks,
         GerardM

On Wed, 9 Jan 2019 at 16:00, Ariel Glenn WMF <ar...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> The files made available as 'Wikimedia dumps' are not intended to be a full
> backup. And indeed that is not their purpose. People do set up mirrors
> using these dumps from time to time, though I have not done so recently.
>
> Actual honest-to-goodness backups (database snapshots) are another thing
> altogether and one of the Wikimedia DBAs may want to talk about that.
>
> Ariel
>
> On Wed, Jan 9, 2019 at 4:52 PM Risker <risker...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Without in any way suggesting that David's and Fae's question is
> > inappropriate....I suspect that the people most likely to have
> used/tested
> > the backups are not people who follow this list; they're much more likely
> > to participate on technical lists.
> >
> > It's actually a pretty good question, and Ariel Glenn of the WMF may be
> the
> > best person to ask since they seem to be managing the process of making
> the
> > files available.
> >
> > Risker/Anne
> >
> > On Wed, 9 Jan 2019 at 06:44, Fæ <fae...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > Location: This is a tangent, one that has been raised before as a
> > > /non-answer/ to the issue of actually getting on with contingency
> > > planning. Realistically I would start by looking at the potential
> > > matches of Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands (where servers already
> > > are used for WMF operations), or lastly and for very different
> > > reasons, Peru.
> > >
> > > What I find weird, or bizarro, is that the responses so far are vague
> > > dismissals for non-good fantastic reasons, at the level of "let magic
> > > blockchain technology solve it for free", rather than taking on board
> > > that preparing a hot switch for Wikimedia operations in a welcoming
> > > host country, is a highly cost effective disaster contingency plan,
> > > whether due to natural disasters in San Fran / Florida / Amsterdam, or
> > > due to national government using its legal authority to freeze, switch
> > > off or tamper with content due to politically inflated "security" or
> > > "emergency" issues. The risks are real and predictable, and as a
> > > globally recognized charity with plenty of money in the bank, the WMF
> > > should have contingency plans to ensure its continued existence, as
> > > any professional business actuary would advise.
> > >
> > > As a past IT auditor, what also made the hairs prick up on the back of
> > > my neck, was David Gerard's sensible question "So ... when did someone
> > > last test putting up a copy of the sites from
> > > the backups" - Could someone give a real answer to that please? If
> > > it's never, then wow, we all have to ask some hard questions of the
> > > WMF Board of exactly how they hold senior management to account.
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > > Fae
> > > --
> > > fae...@gmail.com https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Fae
> > >
> > > On Tue, 8 Jan 2019 at 23:05, Nathan <nawr...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > Hi Fae,
> > > >
> > > > I'm curious what nation you have in mind for your stable Plan B. Is
> it
> > > > Brexit Britain? France of the Yellow Vests and Front National?
> Perhaps
> > > > Orban's Hungary, Putin's Russia, or Germany with its recent
> right-wing
> > > > resurgence?
> > > >
> > > > Maybe you'd prefer Jair Bolsonaro's Brazil? I suppose in Italy we'd
> > worry
> > > > about Beppe and criminal libel statutes, while BJP would hardly seem
> > > > welcoming in India and I can't imagine you'd suggest a home on the
> > other
> > > > side of the Great Firewall.
> > > >
> > > > Maybe you're hinting at Canada, but otherwise, I'd love to understand
> > > what
> > > > island of liberal stability and legal safeguards you think is safe
> from
> > > the
> > > > vagaries of electoral politics or rigid authoritarianism.
> > > >
> > > > The countries I list above have their own flaws (although in each
> > case, I
> > > > believe, many desirable traits as well) as does any other
> alternative.
> > > > Anyone could reasonably argue it's unfair to stigmatize any of them
> by
> > > > glaringly public flaws.
> > > >
> > > > To my mind Steve Walling has it right - the very nature of Wikipedia
> is
> > > > maybe the best protection there could be, even against the absurdly
> > > > unlikely circumstance of a United States government takeover of
> > > Wikipedia.
> > > >
> > > > Nathan
> > > >
> > > > On Tue, Jan 8, 2019 at 12:17 PM Fæ <fae...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Dear fellow Wikimedians, please sit back for a moment and ponder
> the
> > > > > following,
> > > > >
> > > > > For those of us not resident in the US, it has been genuinely
> > alarming
> > > > > to see highly respected US government archives vanish overnight,
> > > > > reference websites go down, and US legislation appear to drift to
> > > > > whatever commercial interests have the loudest current political
> > > > > voices. Sadly "populism" is happening now, and dominates American
> > > > > politics, driving changes of all sorts in response to politically
> > > > > inflated and vague rhetoric about "security" and "fakenews". It is
> > not
> > > > > inconceivable that a popularist current or future US Government
> could
> > > > > decide to introduce emergency controls over websites like
> Wikipedia,
> > > > > virtually overnight.[1][2][3][4]
> > > > >
> > > > > The question of whether the Wikimedia Foundation should have a hot
> > > > > switch option, so that if a "disaster" strikes in America, we could
> > > > > continue running Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons from other
> countries
> > > > > has been raised on this list several times over many years. The WMF
> > > > > and its employees are heavily invested in staying in Silicon
> Valley,
> > > > > and that will stay true unless external risks become extreme.
> > > > >
> > > > > However, there has never been a rationale to avoid investing in a
> > Plan
> > > > > B. A robust plan, where the WMF can switch operations over to a
> > > > > hosting country with a sufficiently welcoming with stable national
> > > > > government and legislation, that our projects could continue to
> meet
> > > > > our open knowledge goals virtually uninterrupted and without risk
> of
> > > > > political control. A Plan B would ensure that if the US Government
> > > > > started to discuss controlling Wikipedia, then at least that
> > published
> > > > > plan would be a realistic response. If they tried doing it, we
> could
> > > > > simply power off our servers in the USA, rather than compromise our
> > > > > content.
> > > > >
> > > > > If anyone knows of committed investment in a practical WMF Plan B,
> it
> > > > > would be reassuring to share it more widely at this time. If not,
> > more
> > > > > of us should be asking about it, politely, persistently but perhaps
> > > > > less patiently than indefinitely. :-)
> > > > >
> > > > > Links:
> > > > > 1. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-46739180
> > > > > 2. http://www.lse.ac.uk/ideas/research/updates/populism
> > > > > 3.
> > > > >
> > >
> >
> https://www.cnet.com/news/obama-signs-order-outlining-emergency-internet-control
> > > > > "... this order was designed to empower certain governmental
> agencies
> > > > > with control over telecommunications and the Web during natural
> > > > > disasters and security emergencies."
> > > > > 4.
> > > > >
> > >
> >
> https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/01/presidential-emergency-powers/576418
> > > > > "The president could seize control of U.S. internet traffic,
> impeding
> > > > > access to certain websites and ensuring that internet searches
> return
> > > > > pro-Trump content as the top results."
> > > > > 5. Bizarro, as used in the title of this email:
> > > > > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bizarro_World
> > > > >
> > > > > Thanks,
> > > > > Fae
> > > > > --
> > > > > fae...@gmail.com https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Fae
> > > > >
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