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In The News 04-06-2012

In The News 04-06-2012
Your Weekly Update In The World Of Technology

 Underwater Fiber Optic Cables

Under Oceans And Into Your Home

We can all guess that a good chunk of the Internet is connected through wires through the US and throughout other countries, but how are we able to connect to other continents over vast expanses such as oceans?  With the increase in wireless technology, it’s based on some super powerful wireless signal right?  Wrong.  Believe it or not, the networks in various continents are connected to one another with a large of network of undersea fiber optic cables.  Really. Long. Cables.

When it comes to the Internet in today’s fast-paced world, speed is everything.  Currently there is work in process to build a cable network between London and Tokyo.  Connecting the two global centers of commerce together involves a cable that will go through the polar ice cap, all so latency can be reduced 60 milliseconds.  While they may not seem like a lot, that reduce in lag is a huge difference when it comes to global trading.

Tata, a telecom giant in India, recently completed the world’s first network that went around the entire planet.  This is a series of cables that handle up to 25% of the world’s Internet traffic.  Adding more and more cables is helping to create a faster and more stable worldwide network.  This means that if some accident happened (say a boat anchor severing cables, or famed director James Cameron’s recent trek to the bottom of the Marianas trench going awry) we would not lose much speed or performance.  What does that mean for you?  “Liking” a friend’s Facebook status from across the globe will happen even faster than before, even after a cable is sliced in half!

 Troll Face

Watch What You Say Online

 Bloggers and other internet users are crying “don’t censor me” after a controversial cyberbullying bill was brought into the public light last week in Arizona.  The bill, which has passed both houses and is awaiting the governor’s signature, is making many people believe that so-called Internet “trolling” will be illegal.  Trolling is the act of posting inflammatory or off-topic posts online that is meant to provoke a reaction.  The paragraph that has everyone up in arms is as follows:

“It is unlawful for any person, with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend, to use any electronic or digital device and use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act, or threaten to inflict physical harm to the person or property of any person. It is also unlawful to otherwise disturb by repeated anonymous electronic or digital communications the peace, quiet or right of privacy of any person at the place where the communications were received.”

Arizona Rep. Ted Vogt fired back at those against the bill by stating it is meant to prevent  people from targeting and harassing certain individuals.  The bill also does not apply to online comment sections and Facebook walls, areas that are often a hotbed for trolling.