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    West Africa cut off after cable fault

    Large parts of West Africa are struggling to get back online following damage to an undersea cable.

    The fault has caused severe problems in Benin, Togo, Niger and Nigeria.

    The blackout is thought to have been caused by damage to the SAT-3 cable which runs from Portugal and Spain to South Africa, via West Africa.

    Around 70% of Nigeria's bandwidth was cut, causing severe problems for its banking sector, government and mobile phone networks.

    "SAT-3 is currently the only fibre optic cable serving West Africa," explained Ladi Okuneye, chief marketing officer of Suburban Telecoms, which provides the majority of Nigeria's bandwidth.

    "So all West African countries have to use it."

    Companies were being forced to use alternatives - such as using satellite links - to maintain connections to the rest of the world, he said.
    Read the full article at: BBC NEWS | Technology | Cable fault cuts off West Africa

    Now I wonder if they 419'ers and spammers are out of luck now

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    Just demonstrates (again) how fragile our infrastructure really is. Having to pay for a satellite link might cramp some spammers' style though

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    There must be more than one cable? Surely?!

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    They should have put "please don't touch - important"

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    transatlantic cables cost millions so there could well be just one. Doesn't mean it's only one fibre though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apoth0r View Post
    They should have put "please don't touch - important"
    Come on, we all know that rarely stops anyone

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    Quote Originally Posted by Batman View Post
    Come on, we all know that rarely stops anyone
    Rarely? You mean sometimes it works??

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    Yeah, can't remember who suggested it but I've adopted the practice of doing signs that read something along the lines of "Do not touch this computer, keyboard, mouse or anything attached to it. Important maintenance in progress. THIS MEANS YOU!" with a surprising amount of success.

    And on that bombshell...

    Actually, more shocking, I've just discovered my son goes to sleep if you play James Brown to him. You have to dance though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Batman View Post
    Actually, more shocking, I've just discovered my son goes to sleep if you play James Brown to him. You have to dance though
    IIIIIIIiiiii feeeelllll gooood. do do do do, and I knew that I would now! So Good, So Good...

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    Actually, Get up offa that thing seems to be the biggest hit... followed by People get up and drive that funky soul.

    Michael Jackson works well too but Mum's not a big fan. We're trying out AC/DC with mixed results. James Brown definitely has the edge.

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    damage to an undersea cable.
    "please don't touch - important"
    sharks tend not to pay much attention to those signs though

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