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  •  how was the internet designed? (1+ / 0-)
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    Ari Mistral

    The Internet is not a "juggling act," it's a decentralized system that was designed to maintain command and control structures in the event of multiple nuclear strikes.  The worst thing that a flood of kids at home (kids who apparently will not be watching TV, I guess) will do is clog local ISPs; connections might be slow or intermittent.  Plenty of information will be available via other media even if you can't get online.  This is easily the most ridiculous scare story I've seen related to bird flu and really, it reflects poorly on this site.

    (And to head off an inevitable response, getting quoted as an expert in a news report is not that hard.  I should know -- I've been an Internet/blogging "expert"!)

    •  actually since there are major task forces (0+ / 0-)

      working on the issue and I have been involved with discussions and concerns from major IT corporations tasked with doing the work, I would suggest you're about as wrong as someone can be.

      I'm not an expert in this area, but I see the tremendous amount of effort going into trying to figure this out. I don't mind beinng proved wrong, or having it explained to me why all the concerns from multiple venues are off base (read the link I posted and google IT sources on the Internet), but calling it a 'scare story' shows a smallminded unwillingness to learn that reflects on you far more than on this site, which is created for debate and discussion.

      Planned school closings will be happening where you live. Get your ass on your local school task force and contribute.  

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Wed Feb 14, 2007 at 10:04:31 AM PST

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