Friday, January 13, 2012

Internet Slowdown: Space Weather? Chinese? Friday the 13th?

Is the Internet broken? 16 major routers in the U.S. are experiencing 100% packet loss as of 2 a.m. according to Internet Traffic Report (see graphic on left).

According to a poster on Reddit, some online gamers were informed mid-game that "the internet for all of north america was having issues."

Today's space weather is pretty active, too. According to SpaceWeather, "The partially-eclipsed C-flare was strong enough to make waves of ionizaton in Earth's upper atmosphere. This, in turn, disturbed the normal propagation of low-frequency radio waves over Europe."

Or, maybe it's the Chinese.

Or maybe it's Friday the 13th!

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