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Undersea Cables Damaged By Earthquake

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the least-of-our-concerns dept.

Communications 91

ColoradoAuthor writes "The horrific earthquake and the ensuing tsunami in Japan have caused widespread damage to undersea communications, according to data collected by telecom industry sources. Initially, it was thought that the damage to the cables that connect Japan and Asia to each other and other parts of the world was limited, but new data shows the extent of the problems."

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yeah.. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35504658)

tens of thousands of people dieing. who fucking cares, IS THE INTERNET UP?

Re:yeah.. (0)

Desler (1608317) | more than 3 years ago | (#35504688)

But how else are they going to download the latest episodes of their favorite moe show and stream wacky japanese eel erotica clips

Re:yeah.. (4, Insightful)

camperdave (969942) | more than 3 years ago | (#35504698)

The people who care are the hundreds of thousands, nay the millions of people who are trying to contact loved ones in the quake zone.

Re:yeah.. (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 3 years ago | (#35505110)

And the telcos who surely need tens of billions of dollars in government aid to repair the cables, surely!

Re:yeah.. (1)

mcneely.mike (927221) | more than 3 years ago | (#35506676)

and don't call me shirley.

I said, don't call me SHIRLEY!!!

Re:yeah.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35504708)

Yeah, because underseas telecommunications cables are only used for the Internet. They couldn't be used for, say, telecommunications.

Who cares if the news can get out? Who cares if family members can reach each other? Who cares about coordinating rescue and relief efforts?

Re:yeah.. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35504780)

As my daddy always said: 'The only good jap is a dead jap'. Fucking slant-eyed freaks.

Re:yeah.. (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35505058)

Reading your post is amazing to me, because it only highlights how fascinating it is that America went from dehumanizing Japan to feeling much like its older brother, with a sometimes overboard sense of protectionism. Thank you, for making us remember how far we've come (well, most of us anyway...).

Re:yeah.. (1, Insightful)

Seumas (6865) | more than 3 years ago | (#35505132)

That's nothing. Have you read some of the comments on "news" sites? I was reading an article on a paper's website about the US looking to provide some assistance to Japan and the comments tended to be something like "serves them right, we should let them die for WWII!".

Fortunately, they're allowed to breed and vote the same as everyone else. Uh . . . hurrah. :/

A better prime directive... (2)

Oxford_Comma_Lover (1679530) | more than 3 years ago | (#35505222)

Here's an idea this conversation reminds me of... let's not hold people responsible (either in personal retribution or for fiscal remuneration) for the sins of their progenitors unless (1) they actively glorify them, *AND* (2) they rise to the level of genocide, war crimes, or population displacement.

There are enough living warlords and genocidal assholes that we don't need to go looking for dead ones.

That would be a much better Federation Prime Directive than the one they came up with. Much more tied to IRL than the one they used, which is effectively about how to do fieldwork in anthropology--but not as helpful.

Re:yeah.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35505328)

I have seen those comments. If I had lived outside the US I would think they burn Japanese effigies on a daily basis. Fortunately I spent much time there and I know that doesn't represent the common person at all.

Lately the 'outrage' seems to be coming from 20-somethings who had no real education and only distorted films like Pearl Harbor to guide their opinion.

Pearl Harbor? (2)

Chibi Merrow (226057) | more than 3 years ago | (#35505760)

Pearl Harbor just made me hate Americans... One American, specifically... Michael Bey.

Re:Pearl Harbor? (1)

overlordofmu (1422163) | more than 3 years ago | (#35509080)

Don't hate Michael Bay. Hate his movies.

Re:yeah.. (2)

magarity (164372) | more than 3 years ago | (#35506412)

That's nothing. Have you read some of the comments on "news" sites? I was reading an article on a paper's website about the US looking to provide some assistance to Japan and the comments tended to be something like "serves them right, we should let them die for WWII!".

Yes, and those comments are nothing compared to the comments on the Chinese websites. The US remembers an attack by a foreign military against a US military target, albeit a sneak attack. The Chinese remember the rape of Nanjing.

Re:yeah.. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35505166)

What does your rant about the porkers in america have to do with me? I'd have killed myself if I'd been born there.

  On a side note, lose some weight fatty. You american slobs sicken me.

Re:yeah.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35505324)

I think it's a generational thing. My dad used to golf with a guy who fought in WWII. One day, the golfers behind them on one of the holes were Japanese businessmen. My dad said the guy went completely nuts, yanked a nine iron out of his bag, and started chasing the poor little Japanese guys around the tee area, yelling bloody murder. It took my dad and two other guys to get him under control. The cops let it go, because apparently most of the guys in his unit were killed by Japanese soldiers and he had some, ah, "issues".

When I went through boot camp, they tried to drill it into our heads that the Japanese were these terrible, warlike beasts who would eat our children and pillage our women if they could. They kept harping on the Bataan Death March and other atrocities. For a couple of years after I got out, I didn't like Japanese people particularly, but one year at my college I actually MET some, and they were some of the coolest people I ever knew.

For some reason, that did it, and I've liked them a lot ever since. When I hear someone talking as if Japanese people have fangs and a tail, I think back to those interesting, pacifist kids in school and I roll my eyes.

Re:yeah.. (0)

Nexus7 (2919) | more than 3 years ago | (#35505578)

You said: " When I went through boot camp, they tried to drill it into our heads that the Japanese were these terrible, warlike beasts who would eat our children and pillage our women if they could. They kept harping on the Bataan Death March and other atrocities."

They still do that. Now it isn't the Japanese, but there's always someone. I think they don't think they can motivate soldiers unless there are sub-human "bad guys" that we have to save someone else from.

For whatever reason...

Re:yeah.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35505098)

please don't breed, in fact just to be sure can you just drink 30 or 40 gallons of bleach?

They're human beings too, you freak... apk (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35506822)

See subject-line, & this:

"As my daddy always said: 'The only good jap is a dead jap'. Fucking slant-eyed freaks." - by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 16, @11:58AM (#35504780)

Perhaps in HIS TIME, there WAS need for that "sentiment", as the Japanese DID attack us @ Pearl Harbor (but then, we "f'd w/ them, economically" (FDR did), so they "struck back"... worst part is? We KNEW it was coming, & we LET THEM (to "dig us out" of the 'great depression')).

Today's NOT that day... that past is gone, no need for it now. Those poor bastards in Japan took enough of a beating @ the hands of atomic power, & this wasn't needed to happen to them!

(Hey - Even I, & I often consider myself fairly "ruthless" @ times, & especially to those who attack me or mine? These folks were NOT attacking us here in this case!)

Hey - I truly wouldn't "pour salt into a wound" (especially just to see or hear that even my enemies are suffering @ the hands of such a HEINOUS way to die!)

APK

P.S.=> Since I'm polish by descent? I have heard my share of racist crap... I know what it's like... do you?? I hope you never do... it's NOT fun! apk

Re:yeah.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35508052)

I can understand soldiers in combat not getting over it. What's your excuse?

FWIW, my father was in the Pacific theatre, but was not in combat. The closest he came was being in Ulithe harbor when a nearby ship got torpedoed by a midget sub. That was towards the end of the war. Later, he was stationed near Japan. He never said much about them one way or another. He always bought American cars. The last car he bought before he died was a Toyota--he'd finally gotten disgusted with the US product.

Re:yeah.. (5, Insightful)

AhabTheArab (798575) | more than 3 years ago | (#35504862)

They're mostly already dead, so not too many more stray survivors to be found. Not everybody can dig for bodies. Not everybody can save the world from nuclear disaster. Not everybody can rebuild houses. These cables are somebody's responsibility and are very important in their own right. Clearly they're not THE TOP PRIORITY, but somebody has to address it sooner or later.

Re:yeah.. (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35504894)

Hundreds of thousands of people trying to see if their loved ones are safe, IS THE INTERNET UP, everywhere?

So Solly Fo Wadiation (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35504660)

You Raff You Ruse!! [wordpress.com]

Does this mean the hentai is down?!?!? (0, Troll)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#35504714)

Please god, say no.

Re:Does this mean the hentai is down?!?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35504804)

Please god, say no.

Of course not. Most of it is hosted in the US to get around Japanese censorship laws.

If anything, it's the Japanese who will have to do without tentacle porn for a while.

Re:Does this mean the hentai is down?!?!? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35504854)

I don't know about that.
In a couple days some of them might have tentacles of their own, so...

Re:Does this mean the hentai is down?!?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35505224)

Many were washed out to sea. They might be getting real tentacle porn for a little while.

Re:Does this mean the hentai is down?!?!? (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 3 years ago | (#35506312)

Why Gilbert Godfrey, you little asshole, lost your cushy two-syllable [latimes.com] Aflac job but still at it?

Re:Does this mean the hentai is down?!?!? (2)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507024)

Why Gilbert Godfrey, you little asshole, lost your cushy two-syllable [latimes.com] Aflac job but still at it?

Wow....political correctness is really going pretty far these days. I mean, EVERY time there is a tragedy or crisis, these type of jokes come out.

Anyone remember the Challenger explosion and the jokes that followed that?

What does NASA stand for?

Need Another Seven Astronauts

Tasteless? Sure...but that's just human nature, gallows humor. Are we not too "PC" to allow this anymore?

Re:Does this mean the hentai is down?!?!? (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507410)

I agree with you but only two of his twelve Japan Tsunami jokes were funny

Re:Does this mean the hentai is down?!?!? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#35515058)

Gilbert is just another comic who has seen a niche and is working aggressively to prevent anyone else from crawling into it with him. He's The Loud, Obtuse Idiot. People are actually making jokes about how Ross is The Old Comedian. Carlin recently gave up The Dirty Old Man, but it'll be a while before anyone really attempts to own that again, or maybe it'll just be some time before they can get away with it.

Or in other words, Gilbert is never funny, and he knows it.

"new data show" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35504730)

I know how awkward it sounds, but it is plural.

Re:"new data show" (5, Interesting)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 3 years ago | (#35504902)

I know how awkward it sounds, but it is plural.

No. It's not. Data is not the plural of datum. Data is a substance.
Much as you can't have too many rice, you can't have too many data. You can, however, have too much rice/data, and too many grains/points of rice/data.
A datum is a single data point. Data itself is unquantifiable until you are talking about the specific points of data. When the sentence says "New data shows...", it is clear that the data in question is akin to information, knowledge, insight, measurements, etc. to every single person on the planet except the guy who took the measurements.

Data is singular.

Re:"new data show" (2)

Infiniti2000 (1720222) | more than 3 years ago | (#35504978)

Agreed with sexconker (great name btw), but specifically, data is a mass noun in addition to be plural for datum. There are specific references from the Wiki page [wikipedia.org] that you can go look up, if you don't believe the Wiki page in the first place.

Re:"new data show" (1)

beschra (1424727) | more than 3 years ago | (#35505026)

Data is a substance? The only physically substantive data I can think of is from TNG. And I miss him.

Re:"new data show" (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 3 years ago | (#35505290)

The photons and electrons in the cables have "substance", while a photon has no mass it has measurable properties and electrons have mass.

Re:"new data show" (3, Informative)

_0xd0ad (1974778) | more than 3 years ago | (#35505094)

Try the dictionary next time.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/data [merriam-webster.com]

Data leads a life of its own quite independent of datum, of which it was originally the plural. It occurs in two constructions: as a plural noun (like earnings), taking a plural verb and plural modifiers (as these, many, a few) but not cardinal numbers, and serving as a referent for plural pronouns (as they, them); and as an abstract mass noun (like information), taking a singular verb and singular modifiers (as this, much, little), and being referred to by a singular pronoun (it). Both constructions are standard.

Re:"new data show" (2)

WhiteDragon (4556) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508802)

Try the dictionary next time.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/data [merriam-webster.com]

Data leads a life of its own quite independent of datum, of which it was originally the plural. It occurs in two constructions: as a plural noun (like earnings), taking a plural verb and plural modifiers (as these, many, a few) but not cardinal numbers, and serving as a referent for plural pronouns (as they, them); and as an abstract mass noun (like information), taking a singular verb and singular modifiers (as this, much, little), and being referred to by a singular pronoun (it). Both constructions are standard.

Nice, a succinct answer to the data/datum "controversy" that seems to upset many nerds...

Godzilla (1, Funny)

cgfsd (1238866) | more than 3 years ago | (#35504872)

This is a government cover up, we all know it was actually Godzilla that caused it!

Re:Godzilla (1)

BisexualPuppy (914772) | more than 3 years ago | (#35504904)

That's so funny ! No one made this joke before ! Godzilla jokes are so original !

Re:Godzilla (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35505012)

your post is so original! not!

Re:Godzilla (1)

cobrausn (1915176) | more than 3 years ago | (#35505044)

'not'? Really? We're using that again?

Re:Godzilla (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35505120)

Yes! ... Not!

Re:Godzilla (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#35505216)

Hello! The 80's called... they want their meme back!

Re:Godzilla (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35505136)

Too Soonami?

Re:Godzilla (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35504918)

This is a government cover up, we all know it was actually Godzilla that caused it!

Your post might be funny if a.) The timing didn't suck, and, b.) it contained a humorous punchline.

Re:Godzilla (1)

SockPuppetOfTheWeek (1910282) | more than 3 years ago | (#35505158)

Your post might be funny if a.) The timing didn't suck

I agree. That comma should definitely have been an ellipsis. However, it could also be argued that you simply read it badly.

Re:Godzilla (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35506856)

Gee the rest of the world didn't joke about 9/11 for years, if not ever. What part of this whole affair was funny?

Re:Godzilla (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35507296)

No the timing was just fine, you're just an uptight douche.

Re:Godzilla (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507376)

No the timing was just fine, you're just an uptight douche.

Yes, I'm an uptight douche who doesn't think godzilla jokes are funny during an on-going nuclear crisis. Sue me.

Re:Godzilla (2)

lgw (121541) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508028)

Godzilla always comes in times of nuclear crisis. It's what she does. Get over yourself.

Not to mention that the "nuclear crisis" exists only in the minds of the media. Here's [thedailybeast.com] a realistic assessment from an MIT prof. Some heroic Japanese workers pumped enough seawater on the overheated core to keep the problem from becoming any worse than Three Mile Island. With any luck the death toll will be the same. here's [wakwak.com] a real-time Geiger counter in Tokyo if you want to follow along.

Meanwhile, real relief efforts are needed for areas struck by the tsunami, where thousands were killed.

Re:Godzilla (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508638)

So, we agree that the timing's bad. Cool cool.

Re:Godzilla (1)

lgw (121541) | more than 3 years ago | (#35510192)

Eh? I wasn't taking issue with your claim that Godzilla jokes aren't funny in a time of nuclear crisis (though I don't agree), but with the claim that this is a time of nuclear crises. It's not - nothing all that bad has happened, and realistic-worst-case nothing all that bad can happen. The media coverage is a bunch of sound and fury signifying nothing.

Re:Godzilla (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35510498)

People are worried and it's an on-going thing. For this reason, whether or not the media is blowing it out of proportion doesn't affect my view that the timing of that joke sucks. I don't know why anybody's fixating on that part of my post for the simple reason that the quality of that joke was so poor that even Paulie Shore could have come up with something better.

Re:Godzilla (1)

lgw (121541) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518598)

Ahh, but a "fake" crisis is exactly the right time to be making jokes. The purpose of the human humor response is to deflate tension and prevent overreaction.

Re:Godzilla (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35518776)

Sure, but not so quickly after so many people died.

Re:Godzilla (2)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#35505204)

I'm just jealous because he posted that comment before I could! Sigh...

Well, yeah (2)

asylumx (881307) | more than 3 years ago | (#35505124)

The thing shifted the entire island by 8ft, I'm not surprised our comm cables were damaged.

Re:Well, yeah (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35505412)

[citation needed]

Re:Well, yeah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35505704)

http://articles.cnn.com/2011-03-12/world/japan.earthquake.tsunami.earth_1_tsunami-usgs-geophysicist-quake?_s=PM:WORLD
http://www.newser.com/story/113988/earthquake-moved-japan-8-feet.html

of course you can google as well as me.

Re:Well, yeah (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35505930)

"The burden is placed upon the claimant to blah blah drone ..."

Re:Well, yeah (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 3 years ago | (#35505520)

The entire island of Honshu [wikipedia.org] ? [[Citation needed]]

Seriously, if the entire island was moved 8ft, then I suspect the damage would be far greater and more widespread than it is.

Re:Well, yeah (3)

SydShamino (547793) | more than 3 years ago | (#35505582)

The powerful earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami Friday appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) and shifted the Earth on its axis.

From CNN [cnn.com] .

Japan's recent massive earthquake, one of the largest ever recorded, appears to have moved the island by about eight feet (2.4 meters), the US Geological Survey said.

From AFP [google.com] .

Re:Well, yeah (1)

ArundelCastle (1581543) | more than 3 years ago | (#35506004)

British Geological Survey is reporting up to 13 ft. to the east. Revisions will probably settle down and start agreeing in a couple of weeks.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12732335 [bbc.co.uk]
http://www.slate.com/id/2288382/ [slate.com]

Remember folks, the piece of earth that moved can be larger than the country sitting on top of it. In the case of Japan it almost is. When you jog a table it doesn't break your dinner plates in half.
http://crack.seismo.unr.edu/ftp/pub/updates/louie/kobe/kobe-sci.html [unr.edu]

last paragraph: 'earthquake science is primitive' (0)

nido (102070) | more than 3 years ago | (#35506638)

i mean, they can make measurements & all that, but they really have no idea what causes the earth to shake, beyond their primitive understanding of 'plate techtonics'.

... The Japanese quake comes just weeks after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch on February 22, toppling historic buildings and killing more than 150 people. The timeframe of the two quakes have raised questions whether the two incidents are related, but experts say the distance between the two incidents makes that unlikely.

-Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet, shifted Earth's axis [cnn.com]

Said as if the whole earth isn't connected to itself, and the gravitational vectors of the whole solar system don't matter either. Big earthquakes [wikipedia.org] have a tendency to happen in the months around the solstice, November -> March. All the big quakes in recent memory have been in this time frame:

Haiti Earthquake: 12 January 2010
2004 Indian Ocean earthquake: December 26, 2004
2010 Chile Earthquake: February 27, 2010
2011 Japan Earthquake: March 11, 2011

From that wikipedia list: 12 of the largest quakes on record occurred between December and March, 4 in November, and only 8 were between May and October. So... What's so important about the winter months?

Well, the earth's Perihelion [wikipedia.org] (closest approach to the sun) is about on January 4th. In the winter months the sun is putting a little bit more of a 'tug' on the earth's crust.

I'm on an email list of a guy that watches worldwide earthquake reports. He commented on the New Zealand quake, and gave a 'heads up' for the Ring of Fire. When this quake hit, he noted that the moon's perigee is coming up on March 19th [foxnews.com] , and that the earth would keep shaking until that influence passed.

The crust of the earth is sorta like a fragile eggshell - all it takes to crack is the right combination of spin axis/wobble [wikipedia.org] and gravitational vectors in the solar system (gotta watch out for when Jupiter aligns with Mars, you know? :).

Re:last paragraph: 'earthquake science is primitiv (3, Informative)

jeffmeden (135043) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507670)

You know there are two solstices each year, right? And that the quake hit two weeks ahead of the middle of the two? Stick with the perihelion theory, it works better in this case.

#badscience

Re:last paragraph: 'earthquake science is primitiv (4, Informative)

LateArthurDent (1403947) | more than 3 years ago | (#35509126)

From that wikipedia list: 12 of the largest quakes on record occurred between December and March, 4 in November, and only 8 were between May and October. So... What's so important about the winter months?

Nothing. You've offered a 4 month window out of 12 months, and showed us 12 of the largest quakes out of the top 24 landed in that period. You'd expect the mean to be eight, if quakes are completely random. I ran a t-test separating the quakes listed on your wikipedia page by 4-month groups, making your december-march one group, may-july another, and august-november the third one. Assuming the null hypothesis that quakes are completely random, the two-tailed P value for that sample was 0.5242. ie, Not statistically significant at all.

Re:last paragraph: 'earthquake science is primitiv (2)

internettoughguy (1478741) | more than 3 years ago | (#35509694)

I'm on an email list of a guy that watches worldwide earthquake reports. He commented on the New Zealand quake, and gave a 'heads up' for the Ring of Fire.

Ken Ring is just a crank. [sciblogs.co.nz]

Re:Well, yeah (2)

Local ID10T (790134) | more than 3 years ago | (#35505620)

The entire island of Honshu [wikipedia.org] ? [[Citation needed]]

Seriously, if the entire island was moved 8ft, then I suspect the damage would be far greater and more widespread than it is.

USGS: Earthquake in Japan Moves Honshu Island 2.4 Meters [worldnewsco.com]

Re:Well, yeah (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35505648)

...how much greater damage is really needed? It split roads open like zippers, dropped buildings like they were made of cards, caused fires and a massive rush on emergency services and disaster relief there, and that was before the tsunami (which, recall, is caused by that earthquake) came in to start the rest of the mess.

The entire devastation there, including the reactor issues, all boils down to the earthquake and its after-effects.

confused (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35508730)

I cant understand why they just simply didnt just add some extra cable to pick up the slack.

yeah its broke... (1)

joocemann (1273720) | more than 3 years ago | (#35505250)

.. go fix it. No need to sit around and get all freaked out for one more foxnewsin' reason. Just fix it and move on.

Nuclear alert and underground cables (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35505372)

It's a good thing that some cables still work to allow communications. For example, I just heard about another incident at the nuclear power plant that @*^^^#$ NO CARRIER ;-)

monday morning quarterback (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35505590)

Maintenance loop could have fixed it.

Spam should go down (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35505974)

If it affected china cables in any form then spam should go down

Re:Spam should go down (1)

tokul (682258) | more than 3 years ago | (#35506384)

If it affected china cables in any form then spam should go down

If tsunami hits east coast somewhere close to Pennsylvania and rolls over west coast next to LA or Seattle, then spam will go down.

Who'd have guessed... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35505998)

The Konami code appears to be the code to disable Japan in real life.

(I'm going to hell for this...)

Underseas communications? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35506060)

That's ridiculous. Fish don't talk so why would we care?

Re:Underseas communications? (1)

Predius (560344) | more than 3 years ago | (#35506232)

Aquaman weeps some more...

Re:Underseas communications? (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 3 years ago | (#35513180)

he only talked AT them when he needed a favor, some friend

Slammer worm taking some time off since the quake (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35506444)

I noticed on my IPS that slammer worm attacks have gone way down since the earthquake.
Taiwanese botnets are impacted. Let's just leave it.

Look at the graph.
http://isc.incidents.org/port.html?port=1434

Disaster (1)

rawler (1005089) | more than 3 years ago | (#35506756)

It's both a natural AND a virtual disaster.

Leaking packets... (1)

blueforce (192332) | more than 3 years ago | (#35507512)

The sea is being polluted with leaking packets. Rumor has it they're going to utilize the massive amount of internet porn to try a junk shot to stop it....

Re:Leaking packets... (1)

snspdaarf (1314399) | more than 3 years ago | (#35508036)

porn to try a junk shot to stop it....

I see what you did there.

Just Look at All the Redundant Paths (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 3 years ago | (#35513172)

No worries, in the cable map of Japan there are all manner of redundant paths out of the country. Really, compared to the misery of hundreds of thousands in the NE, the IT situation is of no import.

Re:Just Look at All the Redundant Paths (1)

Mal-2 (675116) | more than 3 years ago | (#35516382)

No worries, in the cable map of Japan there are all manner of redundant paths out of the country.

Really, compared to the misery of hundreds of thousands in the NE, the IT situation is of no import.

Even if the drop in data transmission was due ENTIRELY to damage to the cables (which it almost certainly isn't), I'd have to say that being operational at 85-90% of former levels is pretty damn good given the situation. I'd dare say there is a VERY long list of things that needs to be fixed more than those cables.

This is not to say that data flow is not important -- for one thing, it keeps people who have nowhere to go from getting cabin fever -- but when your house is on fire, you don't worry about the fact that the paint is peeling.

I was actually surprised and impressed that in those early hours after the earthquake, the communications infrastructure of Japan (at least central Japan) seemed to be largely functional. When the phones stopped working it was because everyone wanted to use the system at the same time. This is understandable, but not something for which capacity was provisioned. If only data connections could deliver food!

Re:Just Look at All the Redundant Paths (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35524812)

Yeah. The damage is probably minimal.. but if the Big ISP's and cable laying companies can make it out to be major damage, I'm sure they are looking at a very profitable quarter.. heck, maybe they can get the insurance companies AND 3 or 4 nations to help pay for all the "repairs".

Sympahty (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35535394)

We must show sympathy for this tragedy.

Regards,
ovgadget [ovgadget.com]

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