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Originally posted by aleon1018
reply to post by CoNsPiRaCy PhReAk
Southpark did a parody on this topic and people had to drive to the west coast for 40 seconds of service. I guess some people are internet addicts?
[edit on 28-4-2008 by aleon1018]
Originally posted by CoNsPiRaCy PhReAk
What do you think would happen if the internet collapsed? There doesn't have to be a reason...
I know the government keep important files amongst other things on the internet, and it is amongst on of the easiest way of communication as well as tele-communications.
less anxiety for sure. i'm not anxious about what is to come. i have accepted what is to come. my anxiety comes from those who are unprepared.
Originally posted by ben91069
If the net collapsed, I would probably be working more on my other projects and have less anxiety over what is happening in the world.
Originally posted by _DISAVOWED_
Why does everyone think "life" would be over. I mean I grew up in the 80's before the advent of the internet. Times were happier then !!! Business, commerce, etc. all functioned fine without it, we have gotten so comfortable with the convenience we've become reliant on the internet.
You ask me we're better off without it. If it were to be shut down, the first thing you'd see would be children in neighborhoods, OUTSIDE PLAYING !! Teens hanging out at the mall....Imagine that. I don't need to though, I lived it. I loved it. I miss it.
Originally posted by sir_chancealot
How many of you know how the internet actually works? Here's a question for you: Why is it called the World Wide Web ? Another question: What was the original function of the Internet?
Last question first. The internet was created to maintain communications in the event of a full-scale nuclear war! You think some terrorists are going to take it out?
Second question next. It is called the world wide WEB because, when you draw out how it ACTUALLY connects, it looks like a giant spider web that covers the entire earth.
Here's how the internet actually works (greatly, greatly simplified). Lets say you have city A. City A is in the middle of an area with 4 other cities. Let's call them N, E, W, and S. (each letter representing the direction from city A, of course). City A connects to EACH of those cities. Now, each of those cities also connects to ALL the other cities. DRAW IT OUT ON PAPER TO VISUALIZE IT PROPERLY. What happens when the line between City A, and City N gets cut? Internet traffic AUTOMATICALLY REROUTES THROUGH CITIES E, W, and S TO GET TO CITY N. (Which way it routes depends on the routing protocol). To isolate city A, you would have to either destroy all 5 cities, or sever all 5 connections (again, greatly simplified). If you have drawn it out, you see how complex it is with just 5 cities. Now imagine THOUSANDS of cities.
*IF* the network is provisioned right, you may see a drop in performance, but not an outage. A PROPERLY SET UP INTERNET SERVICE WILL ALWAYS HAVE AT LEAST TWO BACKBONE PROVIDERS. THOSE BACKBONES WILL PHYSICALLY ROUTE TO TWO DIFFERENT PLACES. If the primary link should go down, traffic is automatically routed through the backup link. Sometimes, they just load-balance, and use both connections simultaneously, with one connection taking up all the traffic, if the other should fail.
Are you beginning to see how "terrorists" could never even have a hope of partially taking down the internet? A single internet provider can go down (meaning that potentially tens of thousands of customers can't get onto the internet), but other providers will stay up.
There are several ways I can envision the internet "collapsing". Almost all of them have to do with intentional collapse from government instructions to do so (whether "shadow government" or not). The other would involve hundreds of thousands, possibly tens of millions, of people not noticing a problem for more than 48 hours before the internet would collapse (Do you see the almost impossible probability of that happening?)
If the internet "collapses", there is a VERY GREAT PROBABILITY it has "collapsed" due to collusion in the government and/or private sector. Don't believe otherwise.
[edit on 28-4-2008 by sir_chancealot]
[edit on 28-4-2008 by sir_chancealot]