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Questions tagged [internet]

For questions about the global computer networks that serve for communication, education, and other activities.

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How vulnerable are the undersea internet cables to deliberate sabotage by one of the major powers (US, UK, Russia, etc)? [on hold]

Over 99% of the transcontinental internet traffic goes through a network of 280 sets of undersea cables. How vulnerable are these to deliberate sabotage by the major powers? I'd rather not focus ...
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How must computers/telecommunication deviate from reality for a retrofuturistic setting?

. I love the aesthetics of retrofuturistic settingsand I aim to build my own. A mixture of a fantastical, Thundercats(2011),Outlaw Star x Star*Drive. How yesterday saw tomorrow is quite fascinating ...
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In a future where there is no Internet allowed, how might people communicate via texting?

Let's imagine a closed-system (let's say "City under a dome" controlled by benevolent corporate overlords) where there's no Internet because it's not allowed. The infrastructure exists, there are ...
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How long can my small American city be without Internet access? [closed]

Let us say that I want a somewhat isolated farming city to lose Internet access for an extended period of time. The requirement is that all Internet access into the town have been cut off by some ...
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Why would characters spend time answering imaginary questions to fictional hypotheticals?

I'm developing a simulation where characters, "users", are interacting over a virtual communication network. "Users" have the option to engage in any activity they want at any time, as long as the ...
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How to improve TCP/IP for an interplanetary WAN?

Background It is the near future. After a major world war and limited nuclear exchange, the nations of Earth have consolidated into a few blocs. The threat of further war and the cumulative damage to ...
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Self-sustainment [duplicate]

In world I am talking about everyone vanished but two people. Everyone just dissapeared, like no body has been left. I have them contact via internet but then I realize; there is noone to tend servers....
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How to disable all long range communications planet wide?

I'm wondering about ways to effectively disable all long range communications planet wide. I've looked into nuclear/emp for disabling sats, but what about other forms of long range comms? Doesn't have ...
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I'd like to set up a UI for a 2D square to access the internet— any ideas? [closed]

I have a friend who is a square (i.e. he lives in a 2 dimensional plane on the surface of a table that I keep in my bedroom). He has decent hearing and understands English, but I'm getting tired of ...
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What would be the effects of transitioning to a new World-Wide Internet Network?

Imagine an intelligent virus that could back up portions of its code on every device connected to the internet. No matter how many times you try and delete the virus, it is able to reconstruct itself ...
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How long would the internet be usable if nearly all humans disappeared

All the humans disappear, except maybe less than ten (unskilled) people. How long would those few be able to access and use the internet?
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If one tech giant (Google, Facebook, Amazon) were to go down, which one would be most detrimental? [closed]

I want to write a short story where the internet is damaged so much that it isn't as integrated into everyday life. The internet isn't gone, but it's used mainly for communication that isn't ...
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Would any long-range communication exist if all buildings were destroyed?

In a hypothetical situation where ALL man-made structures on earth are destroyed (including servers, cell towers, radio antennas, etc.) but anything existing underground or in space (satellites) would ...
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Cross Galaxy Shared Information Through Internet

In a galaxy where humans started colonizing it, assuming internet and databases are still the way which these humans are using to save/monitor data of the systems they need to sustain their ...
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How would one go about creating a world in cyberspace? [closed]

I am developing a game in which the main characters are manifestations of pop culture. The eventually reach a climax where they fight "The Corporate Machine", a manifestation of companies trying to ...
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Radiation coming from space hit the earth and stop every communication [closed]

Imagine that some kind of radiation coming from space would hit the earth tomorrow and would stop every communication on our planet. The internet would stop working, as well as every other kind of ...
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Corporate nation with stocks and owners [closed]

Knowing that the dollar has its value derived from the country's GDP and the country is supported by taxes and a fixed structure of 3 powers. So Why not write a computer program to do this? OK, so we ...
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Would the principles of Stack Exchange work in a real-world utopia?

Following on from my previous utopia-based question (Could compulsory experience-sharing make a utopia actually work?), I'm wondering whether a website could ever be a utopia. Firstly, are there any ...
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Alien ship connecting to the internet

At the bottom of the Mariana trench, I found an ancient, thousands, maybe millions of years old alien ship, which somehow awoke to the presence of my brainwaves and established neural interface ...
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The Internet in our evil Overlord era

After an intense and cruel war, our evil overlord has finally managed to conquer the world. The last nation has fallen and now only small rebel factions stand against him. The question is, what would ...
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Visualizing entering the Internet, Neuromancer-style [closed]

In a cyberpunk city, what would it realistically look like to go to download your mind onto the internet, or to at least enter the internet by sending your mind into it, Neuromancer-style? How would ...
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Why is a secret organization creating truly anonymous people online? [closed]

What is the motivation for a secret organization to begin, as of 2017, taking babies and to make sure that they never log on to the Internet? Such a person would be basically a totally anonymous ...
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Technologically advanced humanity without internet

How possible is it for humanity to achieve a similar technological level, basically everything we have today including high-end computers, without internet ever introduced or even considered, except ...
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Preparing Digital Immortalization

I'm excited to share my little secret with you, if you promise me not to tell anyone else and help me with my little, ambitious quest. I think I managed to found a way for someone to enter the ...
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Building a Covert Network Backbone up the Mississippi

Many of the world's internet backbone cables are underwater. But most of these cross deep oceans; how far could you bury cable up the Mississippi without anyone noticing? Could you reach St. Louis? ...
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How would Alien internet be different than ours? [closed]

Let's say we've made first contact with another internet-using species. We would love to send our latest cat video to them. Naturally, our internet would work differently than theirs. They may be ...
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How can I convince the internet that my magic is real? [closed]

my name's amàlí and i'm a hyper spunky 23 yr old girl woman (lol, i guess, idk). i run a youtube channel called AMAzing (get it!?) where i talk about what's going on in my life and the world and draw ...
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Could internet cookies turn into malicious A.I. that could launch nuclear missiles?

Nowadays many websites used internet cookies which is in fact a piece of code or a script that can store user data and other preferences, it usually cannot be executed by itself think of it like your ...
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For how long would electricity and internet be avaliable if all but one human on Earth were gone?

In my story all humans except one vanished suddenly. This one received the gift of immortality and is now alone in this world. Considering that the world is identical to ours. How much time does this ...
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For fiction purposes, are there any reserved or non-existent top-level-domains writers can use in stories?

I understand that it's long been a tradition in American fictional works, especially movies and TV, to use a '555' phone code for any numbers that needed to be displayed on-screen, as that prefix ...
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Which current networking protocol would be the optimal choice for very small FTL bandwidth?

Possibly a dumb and outsider question, but my knowledge in the basics of computer networks is terrible. Imagine the possibly not too original concept, that humanity somehow manages to transmit data ...
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Would the members of an online imageboard (or any community) be able to build a post-apocalytic society upon their reputation?

Youtube, Vine, Twitter, Tumblr, 4chan, Reddit, Stack Overflow, heck, even Github or Slashdot...all these online, primarily social sites have been able to build up not only tremendous communities, but "...
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How would E-Commerce be affected in case of an Embargo?

In my novel there's a diplomatic accident that will deteriorate relationships of two European countries: Germany and Spain. How would e-commerce be affected in case of an embargo between those 2 ...
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Invention that would supersede The Internet

So way back in the day, I used to watch Phil of the Future, and he mentioned a device that replaced the thing that replaced the thing that killed The Internet. So that got me thinking, of what kind ...
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End-user experience and prominent use cases of robust interplanetary internet

Having recently learned about the Interplanetary Internet in development by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and inspired by Kim Stanley Robinson's novel 2312, I began to wonder about the actual ...
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Bureaucracy based on Internet [closed]

I am currently writing a manual for a RPG game I am building in Python (computer programming language) and I want to have some lore behind it. What would the effects of a Internet assisted ...
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How long would it take for infastructure to fail if humans disapeared?

This question is similar to this one, which wanted to know what the world would be like 10,000 years after humans disappeared. Almost all traces of human activity would be gone from the earth - only ...
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Impacts of the collapse of the current cyber-security? [closed]

Much of the information transferred over the internet is encrypted using methods which rely on the fact that currently, very large numbers are extremely difficult to factor. Imagine that in the near ...
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What would happen to the internet if Google disappeared?

There are a lot of great questions about What would happen if the internet failed semi-permanently and What would happen if electricity stopped working. As we all know, Google has a great impact on ...
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What if Internet had a destructive access to information [closed]

This is my first question on Stackexchange so be nice ;) So, I wonder what could happen if Internet had a destructive access to information. By destructive access I mean that if you go watch a ...
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How can I design an imaginary internet protocol? [closed]

For a cyberpunk world, I designed a history that includes inventions. Since this is similar to an alternate Earth timeline, I'd like to explain an internet-like service that is based on computers (not ...
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How can a small country exploit breaking HTTPS to destory a larger country while growing its own strength?

Inspired by my answer to this question: How to take down the internet?. Lets say that a small ideological country has recently broken one of the most common HTTPS encryption schemes for public-...
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How would a world in which there are intellectual nations function? [closed]

In a world where the ideas of intellectual property are expanded beyond simply owning an idea to everything else, how would society function? In this world, the idea that government's primary role is ...
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What would a battle between supercomputers be like with the battleground being the internet?

Assuming these supercomputers can think/reason in "internet battle terms", aka. having the capability to predict their opponents' movements and recognize patterns and prepare for different types of ...
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How would our democracy change if we had quick, reliable, accurate means to instantaneously vote on issues online

Currently we use a representative democracy, where we vote for a single representative who then decides almost everything. This means that we may have to vote for a representative who agrees with 80% ...
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How will language work without sounds or body language?

I'm picturing a specie of intelligent aliens evolving on a familiar yet different Earth-like environment, these beings are capable of empathy and shares many similar psychological traits with us human....
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20 years into the future - what would happen if the internet failed semi-permanently? [closed]

From 1995 to 2015 we have become heavily reliant on the internet for a lot of our everyday life. Skip ahead another 20 years and under the assumption that our society and technology keep evolving in a ...
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How would a repressive world regime forcibly regress communications technology to mid-twentieth century level?

I am interested in the actual physical steps such a regime would take, e.g. cutting the submarine telecommunications cables. How might such a regime destroy the mobile phone network? What would it ...
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Implications of world where anything that can be made digital is free

First question here, have been lurking for a long time, I really enjoy reading your interpretations of the various situations. I was wondering what you believe would be the most realistic ...
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Interstellar internet use cases, or “What if the internet was mail-order?”

This question builds off Information Exchange In Space and How would interstellar internet work?, and specifically uses the communication system I developed here because of this. In a summary of ...