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Last time this happened at my job, we were glad our servers were running Windows 10, which forced a shutdown for mandatory updates...


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The, perhaps boring and uncreative, answer might be to cut the external internet connection to the datacenter. Even if the datacenter is internally shielded, it needs its internet connections in order to be effective. The internet connection has to reach the outside, unprotected world at some point. Cut the fiberoptic cables at that point. Now, it's just a ...


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We are talking about sysadmins and an event endangering uptime? Just call them and send them in. Nothing can stop a sysadmin when their uptime is endangered: https://xkcd.com/705/ Another option is to failover to the redundant datacenter in another country and route all traffic to it. Then disconnect network and power connection to the infected datacenter ...


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My line of thinking is this: If you want to kill everyone over 18, it should ideally be linked to something that only those older than 18 are able to do. Computers are getting smaller, and wearables are becoming more fashionable, it's not unfeasible that within a few decades we'll have implants in our brains for interfacing with computers. As with all ...


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Problem is, most mobile devices these days are quite competent computers. The moment the first frustrated millennial opens up his Facebook app to complain about the lack of a nearby Starbucks on a 50 feet radius neighborhood and sees the translation, it's over - like Leto II, a pearl of Cthulhu's consciousness will live in every iPhone. Our heroes arrive at ...


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The volcanic gasses that fill the valleys near the Kikhpinych volcano kill anything that stays in it for too long and poisons everything else that venture into it. Larger creatures like humans are known experience hallucinations, chills, and dizziness in the valley, and will die if they stay in it. Even the flesh of plants and animals that die in the valley ...


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Get out I mean, literally. As in "get out of the universe". The heat death of our universe is by definition not a survivable event. That's the bad news. The good news is that it takes a very, very long time to happen. So a technological society has time to develop technological solutions to the problem. Some things that might work are: Cross over ...


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I work in the AI field. The fictional shows are not realistic, the authors do that for the sake of creating a powerful enemy that seems unstoppable, so the puny humans can be heroic in the eyes of the audience. (The same goes for nearly all alien invasion scenarios, but I will stick with AI.) That answers your question; in fiction the AI cannot be ...


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No. By definition the heat death is the state where you could no longer do anything. Any actions you do before it only makes it come sooner. Best strategy: Sit still, do absolutely nothing. (I kinda like this strategy) For high-tech civilizations I recommend you put out the stars. They produce entropy really fast. In general, stop things from changing. ...


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An invasive species would meet all of your requirements, but for a true corruption I would go for an invasive zombie fungus. Meet Ophiocordyceps unilateralis a tropical fungus whose spores infect ants, grows in their brains altering their behavior, making them climb high up into the trees and attach themselves onto a major vein of a leaf and wait while the ...


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The distributed nature of the internet makes it really impossible to destroy all of it, and all the information on it, without destroying every computer as well, which you seem to be excluding. To erase all access everywhere you must contact every computer on the internet. In particular I need to ask what you define as 'the internet'. You have a rough ...


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Start by getting all those useful fossil fuels out of the earth to deny them to future generations. Turn one half into non-biodegradable polymers and contaminate oceans with them to damage the food chain at its root. Turn the other half into carbon dioxide and release it into the atmosphere by burning it. The resulting green house effect will lead to a ...


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You would need roughly 62500 cubic metres of mercury. One cubic metre of mercury is 13,534 kilograms. So you would need to mine 845,875 tons of mercury. In cinnabar there is 12% percent of mercury. So you would need to mine 75000000 cubic metres of pure cinnabar. In the 13th century. In 1981 we globally produced 5500 tons of mercury. Globally. With modern ...


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There's no clear dividing line between a person aged 17 and one aged 18. However, before puberty, the human body has significant differences in the release of hormones. The primary hormone which stimulates puberty is the Gonadotropin-releasing hormone. GnRH is a neuro-hormone and stimulates certain behaviour patterns, the hormone influences a person's ...


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This is my solution, right here: Preferably in a rainy area of the country, like Seattle. But even somewhere like California, that actually receives enough rainwater to resupply itself but throws it away with flood control would probably work well enough if you were willing to ration. Consider the needs: Construction supplies for fortification and for ...


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Hard physics answer I think the question is fundamentally ill-posed. As long as there are humans alive somewhere, the universe is millions to the power of millions of years away from the "heat death" (which is not at all an agreed-upon or well-understood thing). The heat death (if we assume it is well-defined) is definitely not "when the last star fades ...


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If you're a billionaire and already under the focus of the TLA Agencies, best how to disappear for a year is... not to disappear. If you'd suddenly disappear from today to tomorrow a dozen of alerts will go of with every single agency, not only from the government. Even more if you're already known as a mad man. So you need a perfectly instructed body ...


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Everybody mentions sex and inbreeding, but first these astronauts have to land without assistance, and recover from months in zero-g. Bone loss and muscle atrophy, as well as the impact on your sense of balance, require months of rehabilitation, and without medical personnel to help them, that's going to be tough. What also matters is where and how they ...


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It is not possible, because the Internet is not a thing - it is a relationship. For example, imagine 20 people in a book club. The book club is not a thing that can be pointed at, it is the relationship between the 20 people all talking to each other about the books they have read. How would you "destroy the book club"? Well, you could stop all the people ...


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Sedentary Lifestyles aren't Necessarily Easier The problem with being a sedentary farmer is that once you get your seeds in the ground you now have a long standing commitment to care for that plot of land. Folks don't really know nowadays because all our food comes from the grocery store, but pre-industrial farming ain't easy. Its 12 hour work days 7 days a ...


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Facebook already solved this by accident. Surprisingly few people noticed anything when this happened last month already. Basically, Facebook algorithms do not send a post to everyone's friend of a friend of a friend... Only a few friends initially get the new post and immediately go insane. However, since they have lost their minds, they do not "like" the ...


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We'll just have to turn Cthulu's newfound strength into a weakness, using one of the oldest computer-enemy tropes known to man: the virus. Since we can't hack into the datacenter directly to deposit the payload, we'll have to take advantage of the Facebook-Twitter connection instead. The tricky part is going to be in developing a virus that can be contained ...


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We all die. Slow painful deaths. if Magnetic fields quit working, the biggest problem is the one the Earth is producing to protect us from a bunch of solar radiation. Remember the borealis? That is a visual reminder of the protection provided. It also helps keep our atmosphere from slowly being torn away by the solar winds. Magnetic fields also are ...


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Time viewing The easy-to-build device allows anyone to view any point in the past "live" - that is, as if watching a video recording. Imagine the ability to look back on the ancient civilizations and discover if Stonehenge really was built by aliens! And then, someone discovers that they can use it to watch anyone, anywhere in the world, up to and ...


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Well as I see it you have two potential options. Buy a Caribbean island and relax away the zombie apocalypse on the beach with rum and grass skirts. Build a massive fortress. While option 1 is far and away the better choice it isn't very interesting... So. What would this fortress need? Where? Geographically isolated...the farther away from "...


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Your best bet would be to manually set off a series of smaller, "controlled" eruptions to bleed off the energy and pressure of the caldera. You'd use underground mapping to identify weak points near the edge, then drill and set off explosives. Something small, like an atomic bomb. This will cause an eruption, and it will be nasty, but it's not the entire ...


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Plenty. Asteroid A sufficiently violent impact at a time where the resulting debris doesn't intercept the stations orbits would wipe out life but leave people in orbit alive. Volcanic Winter Volcanic activity obviously would not affect astronauts at all. Plague Confined to the biosphere/atmosphere. They should be careful no-one has brought it on board ...


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My wife has a degree in criminology, and she wrote a paper about how you could poison a huge percentage of the population in a couple days by putting botulism in the milk supply. If I remember correctly, it was something like 2/3 of the population within 2 or 3 days. If you had something that you could put into municipal water supplies (you are the ...


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Wireheads*. The aliens understand perfectly well that any organism responds positively to pleasure. So they (or their robots) give each person a device which directly, and intensely, stimulates the pleasure center. A large fraction of the population never turn it off, and die of dehydration and hunger, and the social/technical cascade which follows kills ...


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