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Ship Anchor, Not Sabotaging Divers, Possibly Responsible For Outage 43

Posted by samzenpus
from the who's-to-blame dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes "This week, Egypt caught three men in the process of severing an undersea fiber-optic cable. But Telecom Egypt executive manager Mohammed el-Nawawi told the private TV network CBC that the reason for the region's slowdowns was not the alleged saboteurs — it was damage previously caused by a ship. On March 22, cable provider Seacom reported a cut in its Mediterranean cable connecting Southern and Eastern Africa, the Middle East and Asia to Europe; it later suggested that the most likely cause of the incident was a ship anchor, and that traffic was being routed around the cut, through other providers. But repairs to the cable took longer than expected, with the Seacom CEO announcing March 23 that the physical capability to connect additional capacity to services in Europe was "neither adequate nor stable enough," and that it was competing with other providers. The repairs continued through March 27, after faults were found on the restoration system; that same day, Seacom denied that the outage could have been the work of the Egyptian divers, but said that the true cause won't be known for weeks. 'We think it is unlikely that the damage to our system was caused by sabotage,' the CEO wrote in a statement. 'The reasons for this are the specific location, distance from shore, much greater depth, the presence of a large anchored vessel on the fault site which appears to be the cause of the damage and other characteristics of the event.'"

Comment: I love tracking my location history (Score 1) 139

For the past 2 years i have been logging my precise location in 15 minute intervals thanks to the GPS in my iPhone and the ability to scrape apples find my iphone website. I have actually found it to be rather neat to see where i have gone, and rather helpful to be able to see when i was at certain places.

Heres my travels on the east coast over the past 2 years using a custom made heatmap. Red dots indicate i was in that location for 12 hours or more.

Comment: Did anyone even read this article? (Score 2) 67

by SpaceManNH (#39097521) Attached to: Leaky Cellphone Nets Can Give Attackers Your Location

I have to ask, did anyone who commented even read this? I spent 20 minutes reading this technical paper, i by no means claim to have understood any of it, and i looked forward to reading the comments because I figured the comments would make some sense out of all this. Yah, that didnt happen.

Comment: Re:Its also a legal thing (Score 1) 835

by SpaceManNH (#37323738) Attached to: Why the Fax Machine Refuses To Die

A major reason that faxes are still popular is because a faxed signature is recognized by law

The U.S. Code defines an electronic signature for the purpose of US law as "an electronic sound, symbol, or process, attached to or logically associated with a contract or other record and executed or adopted by a person with the intent to sign the record."[11] It may be an electronic transmission of the document which contains the signature, as in the case of facsimile transmissions, or it may be encoded message, such as telegraphy using Morse code.

Comment: Its also a legal thing (Score 1) 835

by SpaceManNH (#37323718) Attached to: Why the Fax Machine Refuses To Die

A major reason that faxes are still popular is because a faxed signature is recognized by law as equivalent to a signature you signed on a physical document. In fact all 50 states have adopted this view, but im not sure other "electronic signatures" such as signing your name with a touch pad and emailing it are recognized so broadly.

Comment: (Score 3, Insightful) 504

by SpaceManNH (#29707887) Attached to: Rupert Murdoch Says Google Is Stealing His Content

User-agent: *
Disallow: /printer_friendly_story
Disallow: /projects/livestream
User-agent: gsa-crawler
Allow: /printer_friendly_story
Allow: /google_search_index.xml
Allow: /google_news_index.xml
Allow: /*.xml.gz

"What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite." -- Bertrand Russell, _Sceptical_Essays_, 1928