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13 May 2009

Ted Stevens was right

After all that, it turns out that the Internet really is a series of tubes? Are you f'in kidding me, Popular Science magazine, with your April piece headlined, "Who Protects the Internet?"
But satellites carry less than 10 percent of all Internet traffic. The Internet is, in fact, inside the more than 500,000 miles of undersea cables like the ones Rennie fixes. It is in the hundreds of Internet hubs around the world, concrete landing points where these cables come ashore and branch back out again through terrestrial networks. It is in the hundreds of thousands of miles of land-based cables that crisscross the continents, bringing the Web to individual businesses and homes. The Internet is actually a vast physical infrastructure, awesome in its complexity--and its vulnerability.
"Most people don’t realize how information moves around the globe," says Paul Kurtz, a former member of the National Security and Homeland Security councils who now advises corporations and governments on critical infrastructure protection with Good Harbor Consulting. "The telecommunications network has morphed into the Internet, and there are vulnerabilities all along the line."

First, he gets cleared on those pesky corruption charges. Now, it turns out that his staff really did send him an internets on Friday. Watch out for Ted Stevens, y'all. He's the real antiChrist deal.
(Side Popular Science note: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's new research vessel, the Okeanos Explorer, sounds pretty friggin' rad.)


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