Bringing down the Internet

I'm not sure if we should be proud or ashamed of it. Whatever your personal reaction, Duke University ran an experiment yesterday that brought down a part of the internet. We didn't do it alone of course, we had the RIPE NCC (Reseaux IP Europeens Network Coordination Centre) to help us along in our gaffe. Here is the link to the story.

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It's nice to have time to read articles by choice again, my energy level was really flagging this last semester. Ramadan may have something to do with it but we were all suffering from some kind of burnout this semester. I think I only attended a couple of Centra classes live, it obviously didn't help that I couldn't keep track of the schedule and everything became jumbled up with Saturday and Sunday classes. Something tells me next semester will be just as tough as this one was. I hope all my fellow, foreign, students can make it to this final residency, getting a U.S visa is probably just as hard as getting one for North Korea in some parts of the world.


Would you book this Continental Airlines flight?

Ah, technology.  You’ve made our lives so easy.  No longer do we need to read a map, we can use Google Maps or Mapquest at a moment’s notice to get us from Point A to Point B.  And for those of us who can’t even plan that far ahead, there’s always GPS.  Computers have made traveling so easy, sometimes we forget that these systems don’t always get things right.  And every once and while, you’ll see a spectacular routing failure, as I did today when booking my flight to Shanghai.

I live in Philladelphia, the home of US Airways.  Domestically, I always default to them because I’m a status member, so I get all the perks that goes along with that.  Not to mention, since Philly is one of their hubs, they are also one of the lowest cost airlines flying out of PHL.  But in my CCMBA travels, I’ve had to step outside US Airways (except for London), and I usually fly Star Alliance member Continental.  Today, I tried to book a flight from Philly to Shanghai, and here is one of the lower cost results:

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