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Re: MCI WorldCom fiber cut - Syracuse, NY

  • From: Adam D . McKenna
  • Date: Wed Oct 06 16:26:13 1999

On Wed, Oct 06, 1999 at 10:52:29AM -0700, Derek J. Balling wrote:
> >You're right, I think putting people's lives in danger so that my downloads
> >don't get interrupted is definitely the way to go.
> (a) It's only in danger if they're careless, and
> (b) It's Darwinism. You're just helping along natural selection.
> Not to mention
> (c) Porn makes the net go round. If people can't get their porn, they don't 
> need net access. If they don't need net access, we're all out of jobs. If 
> we're jobless, we're homeless and without food and we starve. Now if it 
> comes down to some idiot in a backhoe dying quickly in a blinding explosion 
> or ME dying slowly of starvation, I vote for the dude in the backhoe.

I think that if you really want to make people think twice about digging then
you should put a dollar amount on every outage and sue the construction
company for the damage.  Maybe this is an unrealistic proposition but I think
it is definitely a better solution than putting the equivalent of a land mine 
around your wire.