The Devil’s in the Cloud, Part III: The New Dark Ages

Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Apr 26, 2013 8:59 AM EDT Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove
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When the New Year’s Day sun rose in Europe and the United States, the reality of what had happened was hidden to almost all. Only a hundred or so targets had been struck, and the smoke from the ruins that remained was already dissipating. What people did immediately realize was that certain things that they were used to working now did not.

The things that no longer functioned included anything that relied on electricity to operate. Which was, of course, virtually everything except automobiles.Perhaps most discomfiting of all, there was no Internet, nor any of the services that relied upon the Internet. By the second day, the true severity of the situation began to penetrate the consciousness of more and more people. The gas in the tanks of their cars was the last gas they would have until who knew when, because gas stations had no generators....It was both cruel and deliberate that the attack had been planned for midwinter.

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