Questions tagged [information]

For questions about the storage and transportation of information through different media.

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How can I spread content from an ancient text without governmental supervision? [closed]

I am a social justice warrior on a crusade against my nation. For decades, I have watched our leaders ruthlessly expand their power under the guise of "protecting democratic interests around the world"...
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How to erase the cultural memory of post-apocalypse survivors

I'm writing a story that takes place after the decimation of almost all of humanity, and follows a group of survivors who, some time in the future, have formed new societies. Let's say the apocalyptic ...
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Review of the Archetype / Trope of an Arch-Fiend [closed]

Sorry to see an excellent question deleted as possibly too broad. I believe this to be answerable. What are some examples of the tropes/archetypes used in the "arch-fiend"? Specifically, an ...
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Is it plausible for a controlled press to work in an authoritarian regime under my circumstances?

My story is set in the near past, right before internet become widespread 80's to 90s. The paranoid regime strictly controls the press, and any journalist without license is trialed and executed by a ...
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Vigenère cipher with a regularly-changing key

There's a plot point in my current piece that involves some encrypted radio messages to/from a hidden lab and corporate headquarters, some time in the 1910s. In-universe, the corporation's board of ...
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Julius Caesar with a one-time pad

Julius Caesar used a substitution cipher (now called a Caesar cipher) for sensitive private and military correspondence. The cipher involves shifting all of the letters in a message in one direction a ...
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How scientifically plausible is implanting knowledge directly into a human's brain? [closed]

Is it realistic to think that, given the inefficiency of conveying information to another human through verbal or written language, it may one day be possible to "download" knowledge directly into a ...
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Sharing digital data on physical medium

How can one store digital data in a manner readable without a computer? To pose a more concrete frame around the question, let's assume we can transport some limited amount of mass into the 1950s and ...
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How do I manage memetic infection while time traveling?

Time travel works...just invented, by you. The tests prove it! After many conversations and significant planning, your epidemiologist significant other has approved your plans for time travel, ...
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How to overcome transferring information over mental link that changes specific details?

There is a world not too different from our own, at a technology level not too different from our own, with a population similar to our own. Recently, scientists have discovered (by chance in an ...
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How far would information about a criminal spread in Medieval times?

One of my characters is an assassin and mercenary. He's killed plenty of nobles and participated in a couple wars all across the continent. For the story to work, I need other criminals to know who he ...
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How do I have a Dictatorship keep its dictator out of international headlines?

How could the dictator of a poor to middle-income country without any mineral wealth nor strategic position, stay out of the headlines of the big western media? The assumption is that the dictator ...
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Which knowledge would be most likely to be lost if one needed to make back up of human knowledge in hurry?

Imagine a situation in which a small group of people, not working for any gov has good reason to think that civilization (as we know it) is going to be destroyed soon. As usual as in such situation ...
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How to visualize orbits

There are spaceships. They have powerful and efficient engines, but not powerful and efficient enough to ignore gravity or delta V issues. Sometimes they battle each other in complex systems (like a ...
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Can this FTL communication, based on quantum entanglement, work?

Editorial Note This is a canonocal question meant to cover all possible specific questions that fit the schema, as well as the fully general “Can quantum entanglement be used for FTL communications?” ...
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The Information Desk provides all sorts of Information; how did it work?

I am wanting to build a world with a strong retail presence, and became interested in the Information Desk at Selfridge's. This was not the simple standard store information desk, where you ask ...