stinkydog writes: The end of an era in IT journalism from The Register:
It is with incredible sadness that El Reg must report that Lester Haines, one of our finest story-tellers and an all-round good bloke, passed away on Monday. Lester, who was 55, died of a heart attack at his home in Spain. He will be cremated on Friday 17 June. I have been reading and enjoying his wit and wisdom for his entire tenure and most of my IT career. He will be missed.
Internet and telephone communications between the Middle East and Europe were disrupted after three submarine cables between Italy and Egypt in the Mediterranean Sea were damaged. The failures cut the flow of ``data of various kinds'' between Europe and the Middle East, and there's no timeframe for when communications will be restored, said Sanjeev Gaur, director of assurance at Reliance Globalcom Ltd. in India. France Telecom SA, which plans to send a maintenance boat to fix the problem, said the situation should be back to normal by Dec. 31."
stinkydog writes: "To quote the classics (aka Civilization), "My words are backed by nuclear weapons". We all knew they had them, but North Korea offically joined the Nuclear Club at 0136 GMT by detonating a device near Kilju city. Time to start stocking up on ammo for the coming apocolypse. Early reports can be see at CNN.Com and BBC.Com."