Common Sense Comes to Town!

Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for each one thinks he is so well-endowed with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are not in the habit of desiring more of it than they already have. (Descartes)

Meanwhile, in Armenia

Posted on | April 9, 2011 | No Comments

While our politicians’ tweets highlight our electoral campaign coverage, the whole of Armenia found itself in the virtual « dark » after optic fibre cables linking the country to the internet were cut off. The culprit: a 75 years old grandmother hunting for scrap copper.

We all have an aunt or grandma who tried to wash the T-Fal off a new frying pan, but you got to admit, this is something else…

It seems indeed that Armenia depends on neighbouring country Georgia for its internet access. Four optic fibre cables transit through this country, accounting for around 90% of all traffic. Two other cables link Armenia with Iran. But in Georgia, this dear old lady apparently managed to cut through three out of four cables looking for copper wire. 

I specify « apparently » as a few people are starting to ask questions over there… starting with wondering how a woman of this age managed to reach and then damage the cables. Some people suspect foul play or conspiracy, even more since the network failed again after the lady’s arrest.

Do we care? Not really. Is it entertaining? Absolutely! Obviously we’ll need to follow up on this…

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