Wednesday, August 22, 2007

I call shotgun!

Internet service providers in the U.S. experienced a service slowdown Monday after fiber-optic cables near Cleveland were apparently sabotaged by gunfire. [Emphasis mine -Al]
The report then goes on to name three different ISPs/NSPs that were affected:
Don't these people have redundant circuits? Does Level3 have cheap non-protected circuits on offer? Or are some networking companies smart enough to build their own infrastructure on Level3's dark fibre and yet simultaneously dumb enough to not protect that same infrastructure? Wow.

Alternatively, it's a great excuse for more Cogent de-peering *ahem*...
(thanks PCWorld / Yahoo!)

Game over man, game over!

(thanks Hudson and

Tuesday, August 21, 2007


(thank you SFGate via
There's no mistaking which branch of the military Nicholas Popaditch served with -- his prosthetic eye is embedded with the Marine Corps emblem. Popaditch, a retired gunnery sergeant and tank commander from San Diego, was wounded by a rocket-propelled grenade in Fallujah, Iraq. He lost his right eye and most of the vision in his left.