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September 03, 2009


JM Hanes


If you close down servers, end users have nothing to connect to. It would be like having a tv when none of the networks were broadcasting.

Cyber attacks, breaches and invasions are a serious national security threat, and the point at which the cure becomes more dangerous than the disease is extremely hard to determine. Granting the President carte blanche gives me the willies too, but I do think we need to have an emergency plan in place. I'm just not sure what it should look like, alas.

The relative ease with which every computer and computerized function could be knocked permanently out of commission by an electromagnetic pulse from a nuclear detonation is space is really scary too. As far as I know, nobody has figured out how to defend against that, or how to handle the devastation if it happened.


PeterUK, love those film nuances. Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard and Fahrenheit 451 with Julie Christie. I'll never forget those riverbank scenes. And you're so right, they'd lose tracking ability.

And Clarice, how beautiful, too.

JMH, thanks for the further data. I wonder how many servers exist in the US. We'll have to get our own server on St. Jane's. I think they only cost about $20,000, when I checked some years ago before Tahiti got net connection.

So, am I right to conclude overseas servers would be useful as backups if Senate Bill 773 goes through, both for users and our national defense system?

I wonder if there's such a thing as an untraceable server. For example, where it seems to be located in Timbuktu, but actually is in Reykjavik. Hee, I can just see it now, an Obama Server SWAT ("SS") team arriving at the mud huts in the middle of the Sahara :)

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