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Egypt Gets Its Internet Back

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Welcome Back to the Internet, Egypt.

Things aren't nearly settled yet in Egypt, but Internet access has been restored after a five-day outage imposed by the local government.

This morning, access slowly came back. Oddly enough, Noor, the final ISP to shut down, was also late in restoring service.

This means that access to Facebook and Twitter are back, which means that those who wish to tweet can do so the "old fashioned way" and use the Internet instead of the telephone.

Source: Renesys

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    rmmil978 , February 2, 2011 2:41 PM
    Well people are being shot, set on fire, being stoned to death, stabbed and whatnot, but at least you can update your status now as "Just got set on fire, fml"
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    rmmil978 , February 2, 2011 2:41 PM
    Well people are being shot, set on fire, being stoned to death, stabbed and whatnot, but at least you can update your status now as "Just got set on fire, fml"
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    zak_mckraken , February 2, 2011 2:46 PM
    It's a step in the right direction.

    Also, you're very late Tom's. I've read this on another site like, 20 minutes ago.
    /sarcasm intended for jerks who spend their entire day reading tech sites and posting crap
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    rpmrush , February 2, 2011 2:49 PM
    Ya agree with rmmil978's point. Internet access should be a worry that is far, far down on a list of priorities for Egyptians in their current state.
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    retrig , February 2, 2011 3:15 PM
    No, rpmrush, internet is one of the most valuable free-speech and organizing tools that people have access to. It is one of the most important things to protect.
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    mike2100 , February 2, 2011 3:16 PM
    zak_mckrakenIt's a step in the right direction.Also, you're very late Tom's. I've read this on another site like, 20 minutes ago./sarcasm intended for jerks who spend their entire day reading tech sites and posting crap


    sad but true
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    mikem_90 , February 2, 2011 3:40 PM
    That was quick, I would have figured they were doing this to "get a major beat down" on some people it wanted to without anyone releasing video of police brutality. Eh, maybe they just needed to take some of them down to install some hefty packet sniffing/filter tools.
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    censoredsoft , February 2, 2011 3:52 PM
    Personally, I'm happy I live in the USA. Internet is not yet a right here at is for other countries as I believe it should be, however, we have not yet taken the step into using public services as a way to control the general populace.

    The thought that a government can turn on and off a public service for the entire populace as a tool for control is obsurd. Next, they will shut off power, water, food.
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    gtvr , February 2, 2011 4:47 PM
    rmmil978Well people are being shot, set on fire, being stoned to death, stabbed and whatnot, but at least you can update your status now as "Just got set on fire, fml"


    You miss the point of what they are using the internet for as part of the protests, but props for the "FML" usage.
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    retrig , February 2, 2011 4:53 PM
    Quote:
    Personally, I'm happy I live in the USA. Internet is not yet a right here at is for other countries as I believe it should be, however, we have not yet taken the step into using public services as a way to control the general populace.

    The thought that a government can turn on and off a public service for the entire populace as a tool for control is obsurd. Next, they will shut off power, water, food.


    Google "Obama internet kill switch". Collapse is coming soon enough and we will eventually see it used in the name of "security".
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    zachary k , February 2, 2011 4:55 PM
    rmmil978Well people are being shot, set on fire, being stoned to death, stabbed and whatnot, but at least you can update your status now as "Just got set on fire, fml"

    it's not that bad over there. its a peaceful protest, or was until the pro-government mob started throwing rocks at the protesters.
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    eyemaster , February 2, 2011 5:52 PM
    rpmrushYa agree with rmmil978's point. Internet access should be a worry that is far, far down on a list of priorities for Egyptians in their current state.


    Not at all. Disabling the internet is like if you would stop news papers from printing because you don't want information to reach your citizens. The Internet is today's mean for information and is very important as a tool.
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    Ciuy , February 2, 2011 6:25 PM
    Internet is like The Library of Alexandria, only much bigger and its everywhere.:) 
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    NuclearShadow , February 2, 2011 7:07 PM
    I think this was a smart move to take away the internet and then put it back up this must have made many protesters run back home to get their much needed porn fix and lolcats.
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    aaron88_7 , February 2, 2011 8:27 PM
    rmmil978Well people are being shot, set on fire, being stoned to death, stabbed and whatnot, but at least you can update your status now as "Just got set on fire, fml"

    American education at its finest....I wonder how many kids these days could even pinpoint Egypt on a globe without Google maps telling them where it's at
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    K3vBot6000 , February 2, 2011 8:27 PM
    retrigNo, rpmrush, internet is one of the most valuable free-speech and organizing tools that people have access to. It is one of the most important things to protect.


    The primary reason it was shut down was to squelch the uprising trying to unite. It is incredibly important to have the internet as a tool and I couldn't agree with you more.

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    eddieroolz , February 2, 2011 8:51 PM
    Wow, that was quick. Maybe the government realized that they shouldn't anger the hordes of nerds that could turn out to be a deadlier force than regular people :) 
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    rmmil978 , February 2, 2011 8:56 PM
    aaron88_7American education at its finest....I wonder how many kids these days could even pinpoint Egypt on a globe without Google maps telling them where it's at


    Actually I'm Russian...but no, seriously, I totally understand why it was shut down in the first place. It is called a "joke".
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    WR2 , February 2, 2011 9:53 PM
    About time!
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    mohamedahmed , February 3, 2011 12:25 AM
    i'm Egyptian...and Muslim and i'm sorry that u don't know what happened here
    what happened that there was a crisis that still happens till the time of writing of this lines...if u seen die hard 4 it's something like that...but it was an attack from the people of Egypt to take down the government. and now it will become a civil war.
    by the way
    the scumbags who say that we r ignorants and we are bout 100 away of the civilized people
    search history to know who learned Europe the civilization and also please ask anyone who is wise enough about the Egyptian scientists who got elite positions in nasa and most of the scientific agencies all over europe and the usa
    Mohamed Ahmed
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    purrcatian , February 3, 2011 12:31 AM
    What are the units on the vertical axis of the graph? The graph is pretty useless if we don't know what the vertical axis means.
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