The first one (http://submarine-cable-map-2014.telegeography.com/) shows the lines that span the oceans; these are where almost all of the data flows from country to country. (Satellites are actually far less useful in the modern age; their bandwidth is a small fraction of what cables can provide) Fishing nets and ship anchors are the biggest threats to their day-to-day function, and for countries which only have one or two links, a single accident can easily have a huge impact. While it may not surprise you that much of Africa and South Asia are poorly connected, you may be surprised at how few lines flow in to Australia.
The second map (http://global-internet-map-2012.telegeography.com/) shows public interconnect lines and bandwidth. This map is a bit older (2012) but it shows a lot of the real connectivity problems very vividly: North America, Europe, and the Middle East are well-connected, but Asia (except for a few major cities), Africa, and South America fare much worse. To see the real problems, zoom in carefully and try to trace (say) the shortest route you can find from Mumbai to Bangalore. You're not hallucinating: It's via Singapore. This is actually a big improvement; until a few years ago, it was via Zurich. In South Asia and South America, ISPs are sort of infamous for saying "this neighboring ISP is my competitor! Why would I peer [connect networks] with them?" In the rest of the world, everyone connects with everyone -- that's why the network is fast and robust.
I'm not sure if this second map includes private networks or not; I suspect it doesn't, which actually hides a huge fraction of the Internet which you use. For example, when you connect to Google, you're really connecting to the nearest Google endpoint, and then all of the rest of the traffic (to wherever your e-mails, posts, videos, and so on are living) is routed over a very big network that we run -- and which is much faster than the public network, because it's used by a single organization which can carefully control and synchronize traffic.
h/t for leading me to these.
In my world; hard work gets results, good and evil exist. It's competitive. All of my actions have consequences.
I write fiction but you can put me in any drawer that you wish.
If you find that I’m following you you’ve done something to catch my attention. What you’ve done might have been interesting or objectionable. How you behave while in my circle is up to you. Weather I keep you there, block you, or report you, rests with you.
Things that will get you blocked:
Racism, degrading women, supporting animal cruelty.
Some of my quotes:
"Any act of evil you commit can be used against you in the name of righteousness. The counter is to be not only brutal, but just."
“You want to take my 2nd Amendment right away? I'll trade you for your 1st Amendment right to speak.”
“What we believe means less then why we believe it.”
Some of my favorite quotes:
"Success does not just happen! It is forged in the fires of failure, and tempered in the frigid waters of self reflection." ~ Cisco Cividanes
“Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.” ~ John F. Kennedy
“No man has the right to initiate the use of physical force against others. . . . To claim the right to initiate the use of physical force against another man–the right to compel his agreement by the threat of physical destruction–is to evict oneself automatically from the realm of rights, of morality and of the intellect.” ~ Ayn Rand 1961
“Don’t hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” ~ General George Patton
“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.” ~ Seneca
“You’ll never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks” ~ Winston Churchill
I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.
By John Masefield (1878-1967).
(English Poet Laureate, 1930-1967.)
I’ve been told or read somewhere that internet/social site claims to privacy are “… not legally binding, for several reasons. Essentially, they are an attempt to create a unilateral, "illusory" contract of adhesion.”. They are thus not likely to withstand a challenge. With this in mind I’ll keep it simple. I claim all rights to privacy that are legally mine to claim.
Politics: Constitutional Conservative