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The Information Revolution -- Perhaps we're too connected? Answered


Being a target victim of a hacker, I suddenly came up with an emergency protocol (Emergency Protocol 06) which involves computer scans, network disconnection, pass code implementation, security questions etc. Now several hours afterwards, I started to think about the dangers of the information highway, as perhaps we're speeding a bit too fast, end up in a high-speed crash and all that. Then after that, I asked myself, "What if this highway were to blow up?".

That being the crashing / destruction of all or at least most of the servers in the world. All of the information, connections, gone. Sure, the satellites serve as a sort of backup cable, but really, it's not enough for the world to use. Hell, the only reason the Philippines has any internet is one, tiny, undersea cable from Japan. Not exactly tiny, but it's the reason why our "fast speeds" are just painstakingly slow to the more developed countries.

This is more of a survival question, after a post... post... I don't know. Won't be really post-apocalyptic, but it is suckish and all communications gets cut around the world.

If it wereto happen, what will you do?



Oh yeah, don't post stuff like "that's impossible" or improbability whatnot. It's a theoretical situation that is highly unlikely to happen, but if it were to be...

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bajablueGoodhart

Reply 7 years ago

I love The Beatles. IMO, John Lennon was beyond his time.

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Goodhartbajablue

Reply 7 years ago

Well the author spoke of a revolution.....around we go again ! :-)

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RedneckEngineer

7 years ago

Well first off what did humans do before the internet? We read books, wrote letters, actually used phones to talk to people. When SHTF as for information if you don't have a back up copy saved then you'll have to learn to *gasp* go to a library.

I believe this will be an issue in some form or other, from sun flares, wars, riots, or any number of things. Be prepared

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bajablueRedneckEngineer

Reply 7 years ago

I'm feeling really ignorant right now... but what does SHTF... OH... It's when $#!t hits the fan! Whew... I thought I was losing it for a second.

I actually DO use the phone more than email. I type too slow!

btw... I agree with your overview. ;-)

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NachoMahmaRedneckEngineer

Reply 7 years ago

.  Not to mention that the Internet (a network of networks) is _very_ fault-tolerant and "self-healing" - it was designed with nuclear war in mind. One might be able to temporarily cut off relatively isolated places (such as the Philippines), but inflicting world-wide damage is almost impossible (except for major solar flares and other catastrophic events beyond our control, in which case loss of the 'Net will be a fairly minor inconvenience).

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2hot2hack

7 years ago

just 1 question. i use somones wirelessit comes up with a yellow shield and allows me to access there internet for free is this hacking ? and can i get in trouble for this??

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Lithium Rain2hot2hack

Reply 7 years ago

Yes it is hacking; you can get in really deep trouble - accessing the internet via an open SSID is a federal offense, potentially a capital crime punishable by lethal injection.

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DJ Radio

7 years ago

Have you ever taken a history class? There was a time where people existed before the internet. We might step back in terms of growth as humans, but we would easily survive. Also we could get news relatively fast, as you never mentioned TV service getting cut off.

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Kiteman

7 years ago

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