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Broken Web The Coming Collapse of the Internet [Kindle Edition]

George Ure
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Viruses abound, cyber attacks are in the wings, and malware is eating our hard drives alive! Time to ask the Big Ugly Question: Is society creating its own worst nightmare through over-reliance on the Internet? George Ure, publisher of urbansurvival and peoplenomics's newest book looks closely at our increasing dependence on the net and comes to an uncomfortable answer. The Internet is more vulnerable now than most people appreciate and it could jeopardize the entire world economic system. Have a nice day.


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  • File Size: 987 KB
  • Print Length: 189 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009FLCJ8G
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Excellent Scrying From Ure October 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
George Ure, he of the infamous urbansurvival.com and peoplenomics.com websites, has produced another prophetic polemic that is not your usual Henny Penny approach to conspiracy theory, prepping, or the various Nostradamus effect-clones. Ure's well researched, thoroughly considered work is presented in the voice that visitor's to Mr. Ure's various sites have come to love. In addition to his clarity regarding the usually occult-like writings of economists, George throws in enough home-spun wisdom, humor, and good old-fashioned common-sense (although today it's hardly common)so that this work reads less like the road map to disaster, that it is, but, instead like a gentle warning from that eccentric uncle who wants to make sure his beloved niece/nephew doesn't find themselves stranded on the road without a proper emergency kit.

As someone who has worked in the "Internet industry" from wire closets to programming; I feel qualified to say that Ure's forecast is dead on. The one area he may have given short shrift is the fact that the actual wire and silicon backbone that makes up the "Internet" is dying because it has been used longer than it was built for and it was, in many cases, "jerry-rigged" to begin with. The physical wiring of the net is growing older with each passing day and the money, namely tax dollars, to replace that hardware, just isn't there.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't say you weren't warned October 2, 2012
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Fans of the near daily outpouring of knowledge from the East Texas Outback will be familier with the theme, but pleased with the length of the on topic discussion (and the recognizable style of prose that just can't be edited out). Mr. Ure offers the reader a concise leason in: 1) History 2)usage 3) concerns with - the evolution of the internet (and its sub-sets and supra-sets) in YOUR life. This is not something to nod your head sympathetically for others - this is you, your earnings and your lifestyle that is at risk. Drawing on experts, common sense and a keen interest in projecting trends to actionable items, Mr. Ure has given everyone wise enough to heed this call the power to save what they can from the looming collapse presented here. No Chicken Little, this is the data points connected for you to see the picture. By reading this book, even if you take no action, you will still be far ahead of the masses that operate under the continued illusion of choice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Broken Web - communication breakdown ahead... October 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
George Ure is something of a 21st century renaissance man and this book provides valuable insight into our electronic future in a way nobody else has.
With a background that runs the gamut from living on a sailboat in the pacific northwest to raising goats on a ranch in Texas; and with a skill set that includes expertise in radio electronics and long wave financial analysis, his unique experiences translate into a fascinating report on the current state of the Internet and the inevitable future of the same.
Having followed Georges work on his web sites, (urbansurvival.com & peoplenomics.com), I had an idea what I was in for in terms of the style of the book; a healthy dose of facts and a view of what the future may bring based upon possible outcomes of the current state of things.
As a network security consultant by day, and extra class ham radio operator and emergency services volunteer in my *spare* time I had my own views on the potential for the inevitable failure of the Internet as we have come to know it, but "Broken Web" opened my eyes to some things I had not previously thought about.
This is not a gloom and doomer shouting that the sky is falling; it is a sober and well thought out discussion of the inevitability of systematic failure which will be caused by one or more breakdowns of the underpinnings of a house of cards built on sand. It covers economic, social, and technical aspects of the webs status in a fresh and yet matter of fact way.
Balancing just enough technical facts with social commentary this is a must read for anyone who uses a cell phone, or the Internet. Oh wait... that's everyone. And that's part of the point. What will the future look like? Get a copy of "Broken Web" and you'll have a better idea than most of what is on the horizon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done October 22, 2012
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For several years now I have been a frequent visitor to George Ure's web site URBAN SURVIVAL and I must admit I do not follow everything he is talking about because I am technilogically challenged and do not take part in Wall Street finances. I do however, appreciate his observations on world issues and how they effect us all so I ordered his book as soon as it became available. I feel George has done his research quite well to back up his views and explained it in uncomplicated terms as much as possible that even I was able to get the message. I found the section on 3D printers especially interesting and informative. George has such a varied backgound of experience and education that I trust what he is putting forth and it will be interesting to watch the future unfold.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I was a little disappointed
I am a fan of George Ure's and read his Urban Survival post everyday he posts. It was not clear to me before I bought this that it is aimed at people who work on the web in some... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sherlyn M Lampe
5.0 out of 5 stars it's closer than you think
this book is a great read about what is coming. i have followed george since about 2000 and he has been incredibly accurate in his observations and predictions all these years. Read more
Published 15 months ago by veteran
5.0 out of 5 stars Sobering but informative
So well written and informative without resorting to sensationalism. My only disappointment is that this book is available only in e-book format. Read more
Published 15 months ago by RedSoxGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Awake and Aware
It is an unfortunate psychological reality that people have trouble preparing for anything that they do not want to happen, as if this will somehow prevent these events from... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Richard Lamm
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
Broken Web by George Ure maintains an easy to read, light hearted style while developing a serious topic. A great balancing act. Most important ... Read more
Published 17 months ago by S. Mahler
5.0 out of 5 stars Broken Web
Very informative and useful. This book will/has helped me to make my business and computer info more robust. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Tanner7171
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must read.
I started following George recently on Peoplenomics and decided to see what he had to say about the state of the Internet and if he was well informed or just someone who thinks... Read more
Published 18 months ago by John P. Swails
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More About the Author

So, who is this fellow George who writes?

Short version: Well, let's see here: He's a 64-year old guy who lives with his wife Elaine on a secluded 29-acres patch of what they call the East Texas Outback.

When they're not off adventuring, flying their classic 60's Beechcraft Musketeer around the country, they can be found working on George's http://www.urbansurvival.com or http://www.peoplenomics.com websites, maybe off visiting the www.columnists.com convention, and something they can be found...errr...sleeping?

George's technical skills are many and varied: MBA - emphasis long wave economics, experience as a technical college president, international airline VP, software design strategist, big city news radio news director for more than a dozen years...whatever the challenge, George is up for it.

His hobbies include all kinds of hands-on "doing:" Ham radio, flying, offshore sailing, welding, hydroponics, reading, writing, and music production.

Yes, he's just your average 2020 Renaissance dude...who, as always, is waiting for the future to catch up with him.

Catch him, if you can.

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