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    I just heard on the radio that worldwide the internet is going to be shut down for six hours for cleaning, and that by Sunday you should have your data on the internet backed up. Is this really going to happen?

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    I doubt it. Essentially all Tier-1 ISPs would have to completely shut off all their service to Tier-2 ISPs...and then they would have to do the same all the way down the line to Tier-3, Tier-4, etc.

    If every Tier-1 ISP decided to shut down for 6 hours...I think you would hear about it a whole lot more than just by the radio...
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    I smell an April fool...

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    Pshh... I smell a moderator who doesn't know how to keep quiet.
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    No, I'm not joking, but I know it does sound kind of stupid.

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    No one said you were joking... but I don't suppose the radio show you were watching could have been...
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    Between this and kryptkat explaining that "the geek shall inherit the earth" is based on something from the Bible I'm wondering if the people here are really as smart as they like to think they are.

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    The internet isn't that organised. There's no way something like that could be pulled off . . . servers are privately owned in many cases -- and there would be no reason to do it all at once either. It would be better to do each server at once -- that way you could keep your site up via mirrors.

    I agree that it has to be an April Fool's joke.

    [edit] We've all been concentrating on the first part -- the fact that it would be nigh impossible to get the whole internet to shut down. Don't forget that to make a backup of all of the data on the internet would be even more impossible -- imagine the bandwidth and storage space required! [/edit]
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    Very good points, I guess it WAS stupid thinking that it might be somwhat true.

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    It is true! Every store I went to were straight out of cleaning supplies!


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    Wait, they're cleaning it? What's gonna happen to all the porn??
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    Yes, Sunday is April 1st.

    Secondly, the Internet is not a giant computer with a single off-and-on switch.

    Lastly, shut down for cleaning??? Yes, I can imagine every ISP sweeping out their server rooms....

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    Quote Originally Posted by -JM View Post
    Wait, they're cleaning it? What's gonna happen to all the porn??
    I will make a sacrifice and volunteer to store as much as I can on my computer.

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    Misterx, you da MAN
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    Also, did anyone ever read the Google Story? That was the inspiration for the two creators, to download the internet for their doctorate (or degree? I can't remember). You don't need to shut it down to archive it. Just think of Google's cache!

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