Bad gateway

The last week has brought reports that the Internet could slow down drastically due to the routers that pass data around the world having become overwhelmed by the sheer amount of traffic.

Then again, this could all be reminiscent of the Y2K bug that was supposed to crash computers at the turn of the century, and which came to nothing when the clocks ticked past midnight. The routers have already reached their limit and been updated twice before and the companies responsible for this hardware will likely do the same again.

Far more worrying are reports that sharks like to bite through the undersea fibre optic cables that carry much of the international data traffic which are now being reinforced to protect them.

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