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Would it ever be possible to restore the data currently on the internet if the internet were to totally shut down?

In my worldbuilding, we're looking at the typical dystopian setup of most of humanity being in some way dead and gone. I'm not looking for what would happen if the internet shut down in general—that ...
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What would a website look like in a magic thought-based internet?

What would a website look like in a magic thought-based internet? After getting some really interesting answers on this question, I decided to make a magic "internet", with a lot of similar ...
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Would clickbait work inside someone's brain? Click here to find out!

Let's assume that there is a magic that can push information directly into people's brains. However, that magic has some limitations: It can only "push" single sentences of 15 words or less ...
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What would the internet/web look like if the Soviet Union had won the Cold War? [closed]

Supposing the capitalist bloc collapsed in 1990 instead. The end of the cold War (actually) coincided with the beginning of the internet, with the Soviet Union being assigned a TLD (https://en....
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How long will your internet content really last, could internet 'archaeology' ever really be a thing?

There's a pretty common trope that what you post on the internet is there for ever which can make for some good story lines, but how realistic is that really? After all, all content is held on ...
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Consequences of a psychic "internet" on a pre-industrial world?

I'm writing a fantasy story that I hope to make more relatable to the modern day by the inclusion of a psychic "internet." At some point in the last two or three centuries this world ...
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Appstore application to assassinate anyone [closed]

Being the pessimistic person I am who always looks at the dark side of life, mostly because in this world only a small percentage of humans enjoy the luck and luxury of living in the light side of ...
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Copying VS Battles Wiki: is it feasible?

Imagine a world where people have superpowers. Any sort, from benign ones, like being able to spray lukewarm water, and dangerous ones- like being able to turn anything from mass to energy and vice ...
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Any good way for an AI to prove that they are an AI?

Say I were an AI, how would I prove to the general internet that I am an AI in 2021? I was thinking I might just do some complex math or something that proves I have above average intelligence but ...
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How long would it take the internet to shut down if everyone else suddenly disappeared? [duplicate]

Let's say you are browsing the internet, and the entire population of Earth instantly vanishes from existence. How long would it take before a link that you try to open fails?
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Would the internet be intact in 3021 without human maintenance?

I am new to Worldbuilding, so just give me a heads up if this is off-topic or too open-ended. Let say that today the entire human species were wiped out this month (not relevant why). Humans were ...
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What is the possible way for internet to evolve into immaterium?

A few days ago I was choosing a gift for the New year. As I was standing in the gift shop and my sight was caught by the mug with memes. I thought that it looks like the internet somehow crawled into ...
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How can a time traveler ensure he can't be traced when posting data to BBS in 1990?

Numerous answers to my last question suggested the best way to anonymously share future data was to hack the limited protection of early 90s internet. I know the first publicly available BBS had just ...
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Internet access at GEO

High-bandwidth internet in orbit is nothing new; the ISS even has a livestream. But that's in low-earth orbit, well below the geostationary satellites that relay the data. My question concerns ...
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Single Time Zone on a spherical planet

I am particularly interested in the case of feasibility to have all countries and all regions of our planet, the Earth, to have a unified Single Time Zone (say UTC). Suppose all countries and all ...
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Moon base internet functionality

It's 2020 and I've decided the perfect location for my next villainous lair is on the Moon (Earth has too many pesky heroes after all). Fortunately, construction and transit shouldn't be too difficult,...
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How can invading aliens access the Internet to find out all about us?

Aliens are camping on Mars and gathering their forces ready for an invasion of Earth. They wish to find out as much as they can about us before commencing hostilities. Question How can they access the ...
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The internet without computers - 1940s era

Alternate 1900s Imagine that we are in an alternative Earth in the early to mid 1940s. There has been no World War 2. In this world there are analog computers used rarely in laboratories for ...
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Doxxing users on the Dark Web [closed]

I'm not a hacker, but one idea has intrigued me. Imagine the story is set in a contemporary version of our modern world, and the main character is a brilliant hacker who wants to create a virus that ...
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Is there a site where I can simulate injuries or external events on humans?

As a sort of follow up to this question, I'm looking for a (preferably free and no download needed) site that will let me simulate events on humans so I can get an accurate idea on how my characters ...
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How can black magic be prevented from becoming common? [closed]

Since the olden days, black magic was used by malevolent individuals to cause harm to others. A bloke who wanted revenge or was spiteful against another could use these spells to hex that person, ...
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How can I bring down an evil website to prevent it from warping reality? [closed]

In Wisconsin 2014, two 12 year old girls were accused of stabbing another playmate 19 times. When questioned by authorities, they admitted to committing the attempted murder in order to demonstrate ...
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Secure communications for the modern terrorist

This is my first post in this seemingly awesome forum. I need some suggestions for mobile communications in my detective novel. My story features a US police detective who is pitted against a group ...
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"Technological purge" in response to singularity-type event

It's modern day, and a newly emerged artificial intelligence threatens humanity. Originally designed as a highly-adaptable Stuxnet-like virus for military use, it grew beyond the bounds of its ...
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If an evil AI has access to the Internet, what are the options that it has to kill humanity? [closed]

Let's suppose that a mad developer made an evil Artificial Intelligence and gave it access to the Internet (normal net, dark net, anything). What are the options that it has to kill humanity with that?...
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How can I use social media to spread irrevocable insanity?

I am Howard Lovecraft, a mediocre science fiction writer who has discovered an ancient text called the Necromonion. This text was written by Eldritch dieties and causes irrevocable insanity in all ...
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Would Mind Uploaded People on Fast Computers have any Unique Skills or Knowledge?

In my setting, there are basically no biological life forms left, as everyone has either been mind-uploaded or is an artificial intelligence. It is supposed to take place at a very distant point in ...
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What would make the internet go away?

Assume that we're in roughly our currently timeline in present day, plus or minus 5 years (for increase or decrease in technology that would/could make a specific method plausible): what event or ...
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What's the quickest way to get the President or equivalent authority on the phone? Life depends on it! [closed]

Scenario. You have 30 minutes before a deadly cyber-virus will infect everything connected to the internet. The national security level is already high due to recent events. In this future, majority ...
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Electrical, Internet and phone connections on an isolated part of a world?

In the world I am creating, a chunk of the USA, specifically in Northern Oregon, is teleported to another world. The teleported section has all infrastructure intact, including power generation in the ...
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How to make money from a browser who sees 5 seconds into the future of any web page?

You installed a strange browser you found in the deep web that works similar to any other. You soon discover something really amazing. That browser shows the state of any web page or online app 5 ...
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In a post-apocalypse world, with no power and few survivors, would Satnav still work?

Assuming: there was no power, so there was no web/internet you had a mobile phone (one of the smart ones, not a basic one) powered by solar the phone had maps downloaded on to its memory card (so you ...
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How can merfolks stream video in a way much similar to our WiFi but underwater?

Right now merfolks are totally envious of us watching a live stream video of cat(fight) via WiFi or satellite internet, ok ok I get it's not the speed but its latency... Urrrr. Nevermind that I ...
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How vulnerable are the undersea internet cables to deliberate sabotage by one of the major powers (US, UK, Russia, etc)? [closed]

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 in a post nuclear apocalypse setting could a group of survivors set up a "Internet" or "Internet-like" service?

In a world set many years (At least a generation or two) after a near extinction level nuclear event, how could a recovering population set up a internet or internet like service? Key points I'm ...
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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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