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Buzz Out Loud 655: Who cut the cables?

A fifth Internet cable has been cut in the Middle East, causing conspiracy theories to gain momentum.

Now, we hear that a fifth Internet cable has been severed in the Middle East. One cable is fine. Even two is not that unusual. But five? Let the conspiracy theories begin! We also review some goings-on with Wikipedia editors, and unveil Sprint's totally-unlimited-everything cell phone plan.


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Tammi from South Carolina
Hello, ladies.

Norman from South West Virginia
IPv6 would make NAT unnecessary.

Stop talking about Apple.

Anonymous 2
eBay procedure.

U.S. and India sign Space Exploration Cooperation agreement...
According to the framework agreement, the two agencies will identify areas of mutual interest and seek to develop cooperative programs or projects in Earth and space science, exploration, human space flight and other activities. The agreement replaces a soon-to-expire agreement signed on Dec. 16, 1997, which fostered bilateral cooperation in the areas of Earth and atmospheric sciences.
Now, making Indian cuisine "space rated" will likely be quite a challenge ;)

Actually, there are some "homegrown" technologies that the Indian Space Research Organization has developed is rather impressive in its cost- effectiveness. I could benefit both parties to use the technologies on U.S. design/built vehicles.


Justice for eBay!
Howdy Buzz crew, Mike the graphic designer from College Station here.

You mentioned yesterday that eBay was considering removing the ability of sellers to leave negative buyer feedback. Tom said he thought it was a bad idea--and I have to tell you, Tom, you're wrong. Dead wrong. Dum, dum, dum!

Seriously, I've been waiting for something like this for years. Under the current system, 1,000-item sellers hold feedback over the heads of regular buyers like a piece of digital blackmail. First of all, they will not grant feedback until they get it--a subtle but unmistakable message that it better be positive. And If Joe user is dissatisfied and does give the seller negative feedback, what does a mega-seller really lose? .02 percent of his rating? While a buyer who's bought fifty or less items in years loses major credibility. Just a few months ago I bought battery covers for my phone, using an instant payment. They were blemished on arrival and clearly photoshopped in the ad, so I left negative feedback. The seller then left me negative feedback, after I gave him an instant paypal payment, literally granting him instant gratification. His note only said "bad buyer", proving that his feedback was a pure act of spite.

I applaud eBay for its move empowering buyers. Perhaps a softer system might agree with Tom--forcing sellers to leave feedback first would give buyers the freedom to fairly judge while still keeping feedback levels even--but I for one will be happy to judge fairly and without fear. Justice comes to the Streets of eBay!

Thanks all,
Fightin' Texas Aggie, class of 2010