Friday, December 29, 2006

Internet quake

Nearby Taiwan an earthquake occurred a few days ago – 7.1 on the scale of Richter – which damaged a submarine cable, and this in turn disrupted data traffic on the World Wide Web roughly between India and Japan. There is no alternative available to this one cable, except private owned foreign satellites, but Indonesian law prohibits the use of these. And reparation is expected to take two up to four weeks. Now I live even more on an island – with no or limited access to the outer, wider world. And I also realized that the virtual world is less virtual as I thought it was, it depends on the hardware of the real world. Perhaps we call the web virtual because we cannot comprehend its reach. (And virtual nonsense is still plain, good old-fashioned nonsense – finite infinity is such nonsense.)

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