Reality is living with our wonderful, special children, and seeing how they have greatly enriched our family life! Financial hardship? ANY child costs money, but is that really what our “bottom line” ought to be? Money? That is such a narrow, shallow criteria for saying whether or not life is worth living! Difficult life for the child? Do you even KNOW a person with Down Syndrome? You couldn’t possibly or you wouldn’t make such a statement. It is YOU, Tipt, who are disconnected from reality. I wouldn’t have missed this life with my kids for anything on earth!
My prediction is that things are ramping up for a major attack at the end of this year, when the majority of senior staff at most of these companies take a vacation between Christmas and New Years, where there will be concerted attacks on at least one of these infrastructure companies that will take down a large swathe of the Internet for at least several hours. What to do about it... I know that at least one of these infrastructure companies is making contingency plans, but of course am not privy to the exact plans. As for the root servers going offline, there are contingency plans for that too that should keep their customers working in many cases at least on a short term basis. Still, it's worrisome that we still have zero communications from non-state actors about any of these attacks -- which tends to back up the supposition that it's a state actor doing this.