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A 75 year old woman has cut Armenia off from the internet.

Whilst scavenging for copper in neighbouring Georgia, Hayastan Shakarian accidentally severed the fibre-optic cable connecting all three of Armenia's internet wholesale providers, and the whole country was cut off for almost 12 hours until after midnight on the night of 28th March.

The pensioner has been arrested, and could face three years in prison, but has been released pending the completion of the investigation and the result of the prosecution.

Armenian websites identified Shakarian as Armenian herself, not Georgian, and questioned the credibility of an old lady causing the blackout, claiming similar damage in Georgia has caused problems for Armenia in the past.


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crapflinger (author)2011-04-11

dude, it's bad enough for a medium sized company to have only one "wire" coming in, but an entire country and 3 isps using one fiber run? well that's just silly. i'd be digging a trench to azerbaijan if i were them

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Kiteman (author)crapflinger2011-04-11

You'd be surprised how many countries have only a minimal connection to the rest of the world's internet:

http://www.mymym.com/gfx/Internet%201.jpg

Even when countries have lots of connecting cables, they all seem to go in at one location, so it wouldn't be hard to disconnect most countries from the web.

Back in the days of telegraph, all the transatlantic traffic went through a small wooden shed on a beach on the south coast of England.


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kelseymh (author)Kiteman2011-04-11

There's that shed again. I had no idea that you were that old!

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Kiteman (author)kelseymh2011-04-12

I was doing an assembly, and I threw in a phrase "when I qualified as a teacher, just before the Great War..."

Not a blink from the kids.

:-/

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Doctor Freeman (author)Kiteman2011-04-12

i don't get it, but i can tell that it was a joke.

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Kiteman (author)Doctor Freeman2011-04-12

0_o

You've never heard of the Great War???

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Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2011-04-12

Nobody but nobody calls it that here - it's WWI. (IIRC king kolton9 is American)

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Kiteman (author)Lithium Rain2011-04-12

Really?

Everybody else, AFAIK, uses both names interchangeably (after all, they didn't know it was "I" until "II" came along).

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Doctor Freeman (author)Kiteman2011-04-12

ahh, this morning i was think about ww1.
Lithium rain, you do know that kiteman knows I'm american, right?
Kiteman, question Bear grills said something about a tree in britan, (or that area) and he mentioned the solders call it the (the entire name was censored, literally.. 0_o) ********* Tree. It has throns all down it's trunk, and when you touch you hand to it, you thorns in your hand. he mentiond, that they also call it the giver, and taker of life, because while the thorns can kill you, the sap, or liquid in the tree has jucies in it. What is it called?
Kiteman, Were you really born in the 4 year period of 1913-1918, (1914, instead of 1914, because he said "Before The Great War." if thats true, you have to at least be 97! (98, if you alredy celebrated your birthday.)
So thats why you are so wise... (an old man, no offence that can work a computer, NICE!!!) Did you fight in the war?
Finnaly the "True Great War" for america was either WW2, or the American civil war against britian.

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Kiteman (author)Doctor Freeman2011-04-13

No, I'm nowhere near so old, though I often feel it.

(And, regarding the American Civil War, it was against America, not Britain. That's what a civil war is - a war where the same country wins and loses.)

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Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2011-04-12

>shrug< Well, you might see it in a work by an historian, but it's very unlikely that you'd hear it in everyday conversation. Sort of like you don't hear anybody call it the "great toe" - it's your big toe! :D

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caitlinsdad (author)Lithium Rain2011-04-12

There is no American royalty, unless you count Elvis.

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Goodhart (author)Lithium Rain2011-04-12

ah IIRC the "war to end all wars".

The Vicar of Dibley,  a British TV comedy did a spoof on the title "the great war" in one episode speaking of The Great Storm.  It was hilarious. :-)

The Great Storm !


The Quite Great storm,  or the Storm with no name LOL

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caitlinsdad (author)Kiteman2011-04-12

Was that the one with oodammo in the trenches?

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lemonie (author)2011-04-09
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Kiteman (author)lemonie2011-04-09
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Doctor Freeman (author)Kiteman2011-04-11

how small is the countory

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kelseymh (author)Doctor Freeman2011-04-11

Google is your friend. Use it.

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Doctor Freeman (author)kelseymh2011-04-12

again i thought about it but was too lazy to open a new tab. (google is my new tab homepage.)

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kelseymh (author)Doctor Freeman2011-04-12

Then we're too lazy to do it for you.

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Doctor Freeman (author)Kiteman2011-04-12

well thats small, I got 39.740 squared kilometers, so I used a kilometers to miles converter to get a general idea, so i could understand. It is: 24.693291179511657 Miles... Wow Thats less than the distance it takes me to get to pittsburg.

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Doctor Freeman (author)Kiteman2011-04-11

3 internet providers... How small are they, and how did she not realize that she hit something, and how did they find out it was her?

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lemonie (author)Kiteman2011-04-09


I bet, that's some I'bles-orange I'm seeing in the picture...

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caitlinsdad (author)2011-04-09

Ummm, that's a handsaw. :P

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Kiteman (author)caitlinsdad2011-04-09

I think she may have been waving it to ward off the journos...

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