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Wikipedia Goes Mobile 118

eldavojohn writes, "Webaroo has added Wikipedia to their services on mobile devices. There have also been open source efforts to deliver it to the iPod (also check out the wiki) or a PDA. I guess if I were still a bartender, this would be a necessity in solving bar disputes before they escalate to fisticuffs." Wikipedia requires 6 GB of free space, 10 GB recommended. And remember: Don't Panic.
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Wikipedia Goes Mobile

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  • drinks (Score:3, Insightful)

    by mikesd81 ( 518581 ) <mikesd1.verizon@net> on Monday October 16, 2006 @12:44AM (#16449597) Homepage
    I guess if I were still a bartender, this would be a necessity in solving bar disputes before they escalate to fisticuffs."
    It would sure help with some mixed drinks you may not be familiar with. We have one around here called the 3rd Reich and some of the bar tenders don't yet know how to make it.
  • Try Opera Mini... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by dimension6 ( 558538 ) on Monday October 16, 2006 @01:10AM (#16449701)
    ...I've been accessing Wikipedia often on my phone, using the Opera Mini [] browser. If it will work on your phone (Java), then you can just view the normal site. It looks great.
  • A disadvantage (Score:3, Insightful)

    by benzzene ( 755902 ) on Monday October 16, 2006 @01:40AM (#16449815)
    Say goodbye to Pub Trivia.
  • by jpardey ( 569633 ) <> on Monday October 16, 2006 @03:04AM (#16450093)
    That whole post was an explanation. I have a feeling he/she wasn't a troll, but a regular slashdot reader who was fed up with all the modding down. Too few good posts are let out of the trash pile, and too many are modded down to the seventh circle. It was sort of funny that he posted that he was wasting a mod point, because whoever modded him down could not have used it for something better.

    I think the discussion system could use improvement, and so did whoever posted that.
  • by jbarr ( 2233 ) on Monday October 16, 2006 @10:24AM (#16453121) Homepage
    We all don't have online access, so an offline solution is VERY useful. Obviously, it's just a dated snapshot, but it's certainly more useful than having nothing. I have an LG phone by Verizon (provided by work, so I have no choice as to model) and Web browsing is a MAJOR headache--it's simply not worth the hassle. Having an offline Wikipedia resource could be most invaluable. And besides, do we REALLY need to have the absolutely current, most recently updated version? No! It IS possible to live with Wikipedia data that's several weeks/months old and still have a reliable resource....

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