Death of the Internet, Film at 11

Ronald F. Guilmette rfg at
Sat Oct 22 00:39:47 UTC 2016

    VICTOR LASZLO:  If we stop fighing our enemies, the world will die.
    RICK BLAINE:  Well, what of it?  It will be out of its misery.

                                  -- From the movie "Casablanca" (1942)

Sorry, but some days I just can't help thinking to myself "Oh well,
as much fun as it has been, this whole lab experiment called The
Internet was never really going last or stand the test of time anyway."

The problem isn't the technology.  It's the politics.  It's fragility
by design.

Oh!  And by the way, one news source that I was just reading a few minutes
ago stated that all of the carnage at Dyn today was caused by something
on the order of just 1/10th of the known CCTV bots out there.

And I'm thinking, like, "Gee!  I guess that we ought to count ourselves
as lucky that whoever was running this thing, for whatever reason, just
didn't much feel like firing up the whole entire bloody thing today.
Otherwise, you know, we might have REALLY had a problem." :-)


P.S.  To all of you Ayn Rand devotees out there who still vociferously
argue that it's nobody else's business how you monitor or police your
"private" networks, and who still refuse to take even minimalist steps
(like BCP 38), congratulations.  Via your inaction and self-centered
intransigence you have today moved us all one step closer to the day
when the relevant decisions will be taken out of your hands.  You are
succeding brilliantly at creating the exact thing that you most abhor,
i.e. government control.

Clemenceau said that war is too important to be left to the generals.
Well, guess what?  The Internet is too important to be left to the
[[fill in the blank]].  It has already begun...

This is just the first timid step.  A few more days like today and more,
much more, will follow.

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