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Internet2 Taken Out by Stray Cigarette

samzenpus posted more than 7 years ago | from the only-you-can-stop-internet-fires dept.

Networking 315

AlHunt writes "A fire started by a homeless man knocked out service between Boston and New York on the experimental Internet2 network Tuesday night. Authorities say the fire, which also disrupted service on the Red Line subway, started around 8:20 p.m. when a homeless man tossed a lit cigarette. The cigarette landed on a mattress, which ignited and led to a two-alarm fire."

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obligatory (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18968739)

Obligatory firewall joke here, please...

Re:obligatory (-1, Redundant)

RedElf (249078) | more than 7 years ago | (#18968903)

I for one welcome our new smoking homeless firewall defeating overlords of the internet 2.0 era.

Re: obligatory (3, Funny)

spyder-implee (864295) | more than 7 years ago | (#18968937)

Forget hardhack, this is hobohack!

Re:obligatory (4, Funny)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969091)

It actually was a successful test of the ultimate firewall. It prohibited all malicious hacking on Internet2.

Re:obligatory (2, Interesting)

sporkme (983186) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969391)

In other news, a molehill has become a mountain. Here's tom with the weather:

I am reminded of This 2001 train accident [com.com] in Baltimore, where a tunnel fire severed a major internet backbone among other things and disrupted local communications as far away as Africa. [thestandard.com] It seems that while decentralized and robust on the massive scale, the internet is vulnerable as a child to small accidents or attacks, whose ramifications can be felt worldwide. It is too big to be defended or destroyed.

If a cigerrette can (4, Insightful)

Splezunk (250168) | more than 7 years ago | (#18968749)

take out the internet... what hope do we stand against nukes?

Re:If a cigerrette can (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18968923)

You think this is bad? A candle almost burned down a nuclear plant in 1975 with 2 power reactors. The plant was saved with only $100 million in damage.

Re:If a cigerrette can (4, Insightful)

iabervon (1971) | more than 7 years ago | (#18968929)

This is what happens because the internet is designed to deal with nukes. If a nuke took out the Longfellow Bridge, Internet2 users in Boston wouldn't be complaining about their network connection to NYC, or doing much of anything else. The internet is only designed to route around damage at larger-than-blast-radius scales, and the affected area was actually quite small by those standards.

Re:If a cigerrette can (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18969439)

This is what happens because the internet is designed to deal with nukes.


This is common misunderstanding, so you have nothing to be ashamed of. Internet and Internet2 were first built for fast porn delivery, later military got interested and started using it for reliable porn delivery under nuclear attack.

Re:If a cigerrette can (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18969323)

take out the internet... what hope do we stand against nukes?
No need for anything that elaborate, terrorists will just send a DMCA notice to ATDN/AT&T/GX/LVL3/Verizon/NTT/Qwest/SAVVIS/Sprint informing them that their core routers are caching the IPv6 address 09F9:1102:9D74:E35B:D841:56C5:6356:88C0 inside the routing tables.

Hmmm. (5, Funny)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 7 years ago | (#18968755)

I wonder if there will be a new Internet protocol for protection against malicious smoking hackers.

Re:Hmmm. (5, Funny)

deftcoder (1090261) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969063)

Is IPv6 flame-retardant?

Fuckin' hobos. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18968761)

Nobody likes 'em.

Re:Fuckin' hobos. (1)

CoolVibe (11466) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969479)

I guess they are becoming the modern equivalent of the backhoe, which is also a dreaded enemy of many an ISP. :P

reliability? (1)

phantomcircuit (938963) | more than 7 years ago | (#18968767)

The Internet was designed originally as a means of communication in the event of nuclear war.

What does it say that Internet2 is defeated by a homeless guy with a cigarette?

Re:reliability? (5, Informative)

dread (3500) | more than 7 years ago | (#18968849)

The Internet was designed originally as a means of communication in the event of nuclear war.

No it WASN'T. It was certainly financed through DoD but go read a book on the subject instead of talking out of your ass. Where wizards stay up late is recommended, nay required reading.

Re:reliability? (1)

louisadkins (963165) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969719)

A side note, I remember when I was a senior in high school this was considered a fact.

Re:reliability? (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 7 years ago | (#18968959)

That it wasn't designed as a means of communication in the event of a homeless guy dropping his cigarette?

Re:reliability? (1)

ComaVN (325750) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969113)

Your superior intellect is no match for our puny weapons!

Re:reliability? (5, Funny)

Half a dent (952274) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969351)

It is still safe this was just a lucky strike.

In other news.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18968773)

One of my servers failed to connect to the internet when the NIC burned out.

And this is of interest to /. how, exactly????

An MIT student's take (4, Informative)

Jazzer_Techie (800432) | more than 7 years ago | (#18968775)

It apparently also knocked out normal service to MIT students living on the Boston side of the Charles. One of my friends called me around 9:20PM (an hour after the fire started) to see if my internet connection was down. Fortunately, I live on the Cambridge side (with the main campus) so I wasn't affected. Here's what MIT IS&T had to say.

--
Wed, May 2nd:
Internet2 Service has been restored.
We have re-routed our connectivity to the Verizon TLS service, so all ILG's should be back in service as of 01:47AM this morning.

Tue, May 1st, 2007:
There was a fire earlier this evening under the Longfellow Bridge, on the Boston side of the river. This fire appears to have destroyed electrical and communications conduits that run over the Longfellow, including fiber used by MIT and other Boston area institutions to connect to Internet2.

MIT and other New England Schools are currently disconnected from Internet2. Traffic to Internet2 institutions is being routed via the Commodity Internet, but performance may be less then normal experienced.
--
They got things back going again in less than 6 hours, even though it started in the evening. Not too shabby.

Re:An MIT student's take (1)

Garrett Fox (970174) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969067)

See, there is a good reason why the Institute decided to keep all freshmen on campus. What would they have done without Net access that evening?

An LSU student's take (2, Interesting)

coderedave (1015865) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969619)

We had the same thing happen here at LSU last Spring semester. Someone had thrown a cigarette into a drain and caught some dry leaves on fire causing some serious fiber optics damage for most of the campus. But of course not on the scale as what happened in Boston. Luckily enough it was a small fire and happened on a Friday, so they got it fixed before Monday; so only us people in the dorms felt the effects of it :(. So I wonder if there is any kind of protection that could be used to help prevent things like this in the future.

Two alarm? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18968783)

Maybe just one really loud one would have worked better?

Woa (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18968785)

What a great DoS attack. Forget the terrorists, watch out for accidents. That's a level 4 from Symantec.

Firewall (3, Funny)

Dude163299 (906461) | more than 7 years ago | (#18968787)

Guess they forgot to install the firewall.

Homeless? (5, Funny)

bulliver (774837) | more than 7 years ago | (#18968789)

It wasn't a homeless guy, it was a torch job paid for by Internet 1.

Re:Homeless? (5, Funny)

Hanners1979 (959741) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969315)

Or, more likely, the RIAA and/or MPAA. ;)

Re:Homeless? (1)

MadMidnightBomber (894759) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969525)

Had they run out of backhoes?

Level3? (5, Funny)

BigDuke6_swe (899458) | more than 7 years ago | (#18968791)

Internet2, level3? What's level3?
"Level 3 Communications cables used by the network went up in flames"
"Level 3 engineers estimate it could take one to two days to restore the circuit"

Taken out by a level 1 homeless person?

Re:Level3? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18968859)

He obviously rolled a 20 on his attack roll.

Re:Level3? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18969175)

I don't know if you're trying to be funny but I'll presume not. Level 3 is a backbone ISP - www.level3.com

FUCKING SPORKS! First Post!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18968803)

YOU ARE ALL A BUNCH OF FUCKING SPORK LOVING FAGGOTS!!!!

you are all a bunch of fucking spork loving faggots!!

you are all a bunch of fucking spork loving faggots!!

you are all a bunch of fucking spork loving faggots!!

but...did he run Linux? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18968805)

1)give a drunken wino a cigarette and a mattress
2)???
3)internet2 smackdown!

In other news (4, Funny)

Baricom (763970) | more than 7 years ago | (#18968807)

In other news, witnesses reported a spontaneous cheer coming from the corporate headquarters of the Recording Industry Association of America.

This is why we need tougher safety standards... (5, Funny)

Mish (50810) | more than 7 years ago | (#18968817)

Obviously the newly imposed mattress fire safety rules [consumeraffairs.com] just aren't working!

Re:This is why we need tougher safety standards... (1, Offtopic)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 7 years ago | (#18968981)

This isn't directed at you as you're simply being funny, but the mod who either abused the system and modded you informative or thought you were serious: Of course the newly imposed standards didn't work in this case. If a mattress is lying around for a homeless guy to burn, then its probably old, made BEFORE the standards were imposed. Duh!

Re:This is why we need tougher safety standards... (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969221)

But in that case you'd expect it to be less flammable because it's soaked in pee. No, not IP. Goddam geeks.

Re:This is why we need tougher safety standards... (1)

Stripsurge (162174) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969485)

You are incorrect sir. The mod saw the humour in the comment but deemed the bit of information about the new ruling to be quite informative to those not up to date on mattress laws. Obviously if the law was just passed I wouldn't expect a mattress on the street to meet the safety standards. It is nice to see an example of how a new safer mattress *could* have actually saved a lot of people a lot of time and money. Firefighters, internets, and buildings aren't exactly cheap.

aside: is that a correct usage of the word internets??

Re:This is why we need tougher safety standards... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18969723)

"aside: is that a correct usage of the word internets??"
No. The correct term is "tubes."

Internets are sent through tubes, what the homeless guy burned was a tube, not an internet.

We Must act Now! (3, Funny)

scenestar (828656) | more than 7 years ago | (#18968825)

Clearly the homeless are not only unsightfull to look at, they also pose a direct threat to homeland security by sabotaging our infrastructure.

It seems clear that we must *eradicate* the homeless.

(don't mod this a troll straight away)

Re:We Must act Now! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18968933)

I know he's jokin about, but there's still some irony in a comment like this receiving good karma :P

Re:We Must act Now! (0)

Icarus1919 (802533) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969041)

So, I should wait five minutes or so before I mod you troll? ... Damn, you win this round.

Re:We Must act Now! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18969143)

Efficiency and progress is ours once more
Now that we have the neutron bomb
It's nice and quick and clean and gets things done
Away with excess enemy
But no less value to property
No sense in war but perfect sense at home

The sun beams down on a brand new day
No more welfare tax to pay
Unsightly slums gone up in flashing light
Jobless millions whisked away
At last we have more room to play
All systems go to kill the poor tonight

Gonna
Kill kill kill kill
Kill the poor
Tonight

Behold the sparkle of champagne
The crime rate's gone
Feel free again
O' life's a dream with you, Miss Lily White
Jane Fonda on the screen today
Convinced the liberals it's okay
So let's get dressed and dance away the night

While they
Kill kill kill kill
Kill the poor
Tonight

Re:We Must act Now! (1)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969157)

The round up is coming. This gives another reason for the bigots to do just that. Fill the prisons and put 'em to work. Turns out that slavery never was abolished after all.

Re:We Must act Now! (5, Funny)

Glowing Fish (155236) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969231)

I heard they have hammers.

Re:We Must act Now! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18969449)

Clearly the homeless are not only unsightful to look at, they also pose a direct threat to homeland security
Why wait any longer??

Let's declare a war on them!

Hm.. My captcha is "cocaine".
Obviously the work of a homeless person.

That is rather unforunate... (0, Redundant)

Remi0o (1081389) | more than 7 years ago | (#18968827)

Good thing we still have Internet1.

Re:That is rather unfortunate... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18969247)

Good thing we still have Internet1.
Apparently Internet2 is a private network that is not designed to replace the public Internet. So most of us will never be connected to Internet2; it's really just a testbed for new technology. Personally I'm taking the sour grapes mentality, and my view is that it must be crap anyway. Besides, you probably can't even get pr0n on it!

Obligatory as well (-1, Offtopic)

dread (3500) | more than 7 years ago | (#18968831)

I for one welcome our new homeless overlords

Re:Obligatory as well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18969359)

Obligatory? I for one am getting tired of losers like you posting the same old tired "overlord" jokes. They aren't even funny anymore, they are annoying as hell. Knock that stupid shit off!

Re:Obligatory as well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18969647)

Agreed - I tend to use my mod points to mod these idiots down as soon as I see them. I don't even read all the comments on the page, I find something like this and I immediately -1 it and submit.

Good job bro'. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18968839)

I Knight thee, [hideffreeporno.com] Sir Fragalot, knight of the parkbench Table.

If it isn't safe and secure, then you've done more to help it so in ways only sustained combat can absolve. Take all you can! Give nothing back!

thanks for the jobs. (not Steve Jobs--fuck you Apple twats.)

Yikes (1)

jigjigga (903943) | more than 7 years ago | (#18968889)

And we thought cancer was bad! Oh I know how to fix it, lets ban cigarettes outdoors!

Smokey says... (5, Funny)

Genocaust (1031046) | more than 7 years ago | (#18968909)

Only YOU can prevent Internet fires!

Re:Smokey says... (1)

redirect 'slash' nil (1078939) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969659)

In Soviet Russia, Internet fires prevent YOU!

Routing protocols? Redudnancy? (1, Redundant)

arivanov (12034) | more than 7 years ago | (#18968939)

Is the internet devolving or this is just my impression? Routing protocols? Redundancy? Multipath anyone?

Re:Routing protocols? Redudnancy? (1)

zmilo (815667) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969291)

Fair bets are that if you have Redundancy or its various grammatical forms twice in a post, you HAVE to be modded redundant ;)

Re:Routing protocols? Redudnancy? (1)

Kentaree (1078787) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969369)

One of the other comments from an MIT student mentions that while the connection is down, they were routing over the regular internet 1 infrastructure. I think the problem is that it's experimental, and there's no infrastructure there yet to use for redundancy.

Re:Routing protocols? Redudnancy? (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969435)

Redundancy?

I guess that question has been answered by the moderators ...

Re:Routing protocols? Redudnancy? (1)

Yetihehe (971185) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969669)

Funny how parent was modded redundant. BTW, there IS redundancy, TFA says they switched to other lines.

O How the mighty have fallen. (5, Funny)

ShagratTheTitleless (828134) | more than 7 years ago | (#18968985)

From the article: "The homeless man, whom authorities identified as one Kevin Rose, was apparently despondent after the recent shutdown of his tech news aggregation site. Witnesses reported seeing him staring into the flames and rocking slowly while mumbling a series of letters and numbers."

Re:O How the mighty have fallen. (0, Redundant)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969171)

...mumbling a series of letters and numbers

Obviously a disgruntled digg user.

Re:O How the mighty have fallen. (5, Funny)

fuse2k (1047490) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969447)

"He just just kept saying '09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0' over and over"

Re:O How the mighty have fallen. (1, Redundant)

Skraeling2 (1018078) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969451)

09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0?

Re:O How the mighty have fallen. (1)

ookabooka (731013) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969457)

Witnesses reported seeing him staring into the flames and rocking slowly while mumbling a series of letters and numbers.

Maybe it was an IPv6 address...

Redundancy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18968987)

I guess there is no redundancy on I2 between nodes. Worse would be a Line side failure w/no redundancy.

so the fire starter didn't have a home? (4, Insightful)

c_jonescc (528041) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969003)

Sorry, but isn't a little absurd, and likely judgmental, to mention TWICE in the abstract that the fire was started by a homeless person?

If the cig was tossed from a car window would we be hearing repeatedly about how a Toyota driver started this all?

Re:so the fire starter didn't have a home? (1)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969087)

How would you have preferred "A smoker destroyed public property and risked people's lives because he couldn't control his filthy habit"? Given the alternatives, I'd say homeless guy was a pretty good description.

Re:so the fire starter didn't have a home? (2, Funny)

Detritus (11846) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969199)

We also eat lost tourists. Throw another Aussie on the barbie, Billy-Ray! The young'uns is hungry!

Re:so the fire starter didn't have a home? (1)

dcam (615646) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969615)

Aussies are tough. We don't make very good steak.

Re:so the fire starter didn't have a home? (1)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969301)

If the cig was tossed from a car window would we be hearing repeatedly

Yes, if it was an SUV. An SUV using a cell phone.

Re:so the fire starter didn't have a home? (1)

uhlume (597871) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969673)

And rightly so! If SUVs have learned to use cell phones, homeless smoking guys are the least of our worries.

Re:so the fire starter didn't have a home? (1)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969339)

No, most likely you would not. "Homeless" is mentioned because it is relevant. The submitter just narrated the story the key element of which was mattress, then cigarette, then the explanation of how the cigarette got onto mattress.

Re:so the fire starter didn't have a home? (2, Interesting)

alzoron (210577) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969411)

Something about this story is fishy. If they knew so many details about how the fire started, down to knowing it was a homeless smoker at precisely 8:20, why didn't anybody do anything to stop the fire. You don't just throw a cigarette and "boom" interweb 2.0 goes up in flames instantly. Sounds to me they don't really have a clue how the fire started past a mattress catching fire and just wanted to pin the blame on today's favorite evil... tobacco. Watch out folks, cigarettes kill the interweb! Secondhand smoke is somehow worse than firsthand smoke, and you'll get cancer and die tommorow if you get withing 30 feet of a smoker!

Re:so the fire starter didn't have a home? (3, Interesting)

kripkenstein (913150) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969645)

Sorry, but isn't a little absurd, and likely judgmental, to mention TWICE in the abstract that the fire was started by a homeless person?
I agree that twice looks a little suspicious (and how do they even know how the fire started?), but my guess is that they are trying to make it perfectly clear that it wasn't one of their own that caused the failure. That is, it wasn't a fire started by someone using Internet2, so they aren't directly to blame (but might be to blame for inadequate preparations for such events, I really don't know).

Give the guy a home (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18969013)

... problem solved. Oh wait, we'd rather spend the cash on paying our ISP bill...

Re:Give the guy a home (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969153)

Well, have the ISP give the guy a home. That way you can pay for it through your ISP bill, and everyone is happy.

nobody running linux on internet2 it seems ... (1)

laejoh (648921) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969071)

... otherwise they might have gotten the 'printer is on fire' linux kernel message!

Though it's sad what happened to Zem [wikipedia.org]

ob Slashdot Networking joke... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18969077)

Score: +1, Redundancy

In other news... (2, Funny)

Monsterdog (985765) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969183)

...US Government brought down by chili farts. Pictures at eleven.

The new public-service ad slogan... (1)

laughingcoyote (762272) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969197)

"Alright, if you don't care about killing yourself, quit smoking or you'll kill the Internet!"

Might work.

smoke kills (2, Funny)

dunkelfalke (91624) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969215)

smoke kills [antimult.ru]

t.a3o (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18969217)

it has to be fun recent Sys Admin th3 same operation states that there during which I and exciting; are a pathetic lesson and

Internet and Internet Killers have this in common: (4, Funny)

Glowing Fish (155236) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969245)

What are cigarettes, after all?

They are tubes, a series of tubes...

What you can learn from this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18969281)

Maybe those of you who smoke can start tossing cigarettes onto the properties of known spammers

Am I alone in finding it sad... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18969283)

...not that a research network was briefly taken down, but that somebody who has no home would still rather smoke cigarettes than use the same money (or barter the cigarette with another homeless guy) for some food or shelter?

Re:Am I alone in finding it sad... (1)

fractoid (1076465) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969399)

Maybe he already had shelter (a bridge, perchance?) but was too cold to enjoy it, and some food (which was cold and unappetizing due to being uncooked). At that point, he did the obvious thing and burned a spare mattress for warmth...? >.>

Uh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18969285)

Doesnt the term "internet" refer to the linking of multiple networks with redundancy?

An internetwork.

If this "internet2" had only 1 link, between 2 cities, doesnt that simply make it just another backhaul link?

The title should read "High speed network link between cities taken down by cigarette fire"

Calling it "internet2" is a fallacy.

"It's A Mistake" (1)

Lord_Breetai (66113) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969297)

The submission title reminded me of a certain Men At Work [wikipedia.org] music video [youtube.com] . Not quite the same circumstances, but a cigarette is involved regardless.

Internet 2 to 3 (1)

vipintm (903567) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969379)

End of one (internet2) it should burn and act as a bosting agent for next (internet3).

Cigarettes are bad for your ISP's health... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18969387)

"Uh, yeah, we've got some connectivity issues... it went up in smoke."

Obligatory buzzword equation (1)

RedElf (249078) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969431)

Internet 2.0 + Cigarette 1.0 = Firewall 0.0

Re:Obligatory buzzword equation (1)

ookabooka (731013) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969491)

Internet 2.0 + Cigarette 1.0 = Firewall 0.0

Ok so the firewall coefficient is irrelevant since it is multiplied by 0, and the 1.0 coefficient for Cigarette is redundant, moving Cigarette to the other side gets us:

Internet 2.0 = - Cigarette

Multiply both sides by -1 and we see that a single cigarette is worth (-2 Internets).QED

Two alarms? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18969465)

"The cigarette landed on a mattress, which ignited and led to a two-alarm fire."

The alarm was redundant, but Internet2 isn't? Ummm?

Old Slashdot poll (4, Funny)

dj245 (732906) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969467)

I am reminded of This [slashdot.org]

I remember voting backhoe.

Look Sharp (2, Interesting)

kram175 (1096895) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969563)

One if by land, Two if by sea, Three if by burning mattress under a bridge! Good thing the minute men (well, 6 hour men) were on the job. But seriously, what does this say about the vulnerability of our infrastructure? I mean, a homeless guy with a cigarette?

Makes you wonder what you are paying for. (1)

AHuxley (892839) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969571)

Reminds me of the old Fiber-Optic Map got classified story.
http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/07/09/12 54254 [slashdot.org]

If users could see the I/I2 network and demand more redundancy vs classified for profit protection?

Physical security (1)

tomofumi (831434) | more than 7 years ago | (#18969737)

Physical security is always the weakest link in any implementation...they should back to the drawing board again...
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