sexta-feira, dezembro 21, 2012

The Physical Reality of the Web

"Tubes" by Andrew Blum

Most of us in Media Nerd Land got a chuckle out of the late Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska'a remark during a net neutrality debate where he referred to the internet as "a series of tubes". It seemed absurd then. However, Senator Stevens was more accurate than we gave him credit for at the time. The tens of thousands of miles of fiber optic cables carrying information across borders and under the oceans are actually just that, a series of tubes.

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