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    War and its effects on the internet

    I was browseing around for government domains and I came across something that really hasn't been touched by the media. Or has been noticed... well, by anyone really.

    Lets see whats happening in Iraq.

    "gov.iq" the first results are oil and industry. Almost every bit of it is written in english now. Other domains are down either because that branch of government was overthrown or because the hosts where blown to smithereens. Most of the sites that are actually up are hosted in European countrys. Others simply changed their logos to republic of Iraq.

    *Facepalm* simply amazing....

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    North Korea's website resolves to two ip addresses: one
    in Spain, the other in Georgia. The fact is, everybody
    contracts IT out now. Couldn't a script detect the default
    language on a given PC and load the appropriate page?

    The Iraqis wouldn't be much of a domestic internet market
    with all the infrastructure problems they have. I wonder
    if Baghdad is still suffering rolling blackouts every few
    hours.
    Last edited by brokencrow; November 21st, 2010 at 12:54 PM.
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    I imagine they've seperated people by now. Particularly keeping kurds out of Shiite neighborhoods and vice-versa then maintaining a curfew. "Blackouts" are probably in the same context as the World War 1 era blackouts. Turn yours lights off and go to sleep... or else we'll make you do it.

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    Blackouts in Baghdad have nothing to do with security.
    The decade-plus embargo followed by the 7-year-long
    war have severely damaged Iraq's ability to function
    as a developed country. Before the 90-91 Gulf War,
    Iraq had the highest standard of living among Arab
    countries.

    As things stand now in Baghdad, it appears residents
    of the city have two hours of electricity every six hours.
    So, it is not a given at all. Plus, neighborhoods string
    their own power lines tapping into the grid, which must
    be a logistical nightmare. It will be a long time before
    the country emerges from being a war zone.

    http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/...-power-vacuum/

    p.s. -- even the Green Zone is affected by blackouts. Many
    run generators for electricity. I imagine all kinds of services
    are affected, including phones.
    Last edited by brokencrow; November 22nd, 2010 at 03:32 PM.
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