Can The Internet Ever Die Or Crash

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by TheShinyMac, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. TheShinyMac macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2009
    Is it possible? Is there only so much bandwith available. What will happen when there are not any more domains to sell? Can the internet be overloaded with information. Which government has the most control over the internet? Just some questions I have.
  2. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
  3. TheShinyMac thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2009
    These are some serious questions i remember reading that there are only so many domains left
  4. darklyt macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2007
  5. boast macrumors 65816


    Nov 12, 2007
    Phoenix, USA
    Technically, it is possible. ISPs, both landline and wireless, could suddenly stop selling service and end it all. lol

    Yes, but as technology grows, so would the bandwidth. Or would, except ISPs are stingy and don't like wasting money upgrading their network.

    We have 25 letters and 10 digits that can be used in combination to create billions (randomly throwing that out there. I did bad in discrete math and combinatorics gives me a headache) of names. User names still exist, so why not domain names? There is the problem of IP addresses running out, which is why there is a push for moving to IPv6

    Lol, I'm not even sure what that would mean?

    Uhh, I would guess China, based on country population, and their use of the great firewall. But Australia was also starting to do some censorship as well. But no one government have control over the "entire internet" as it is not a single entity.
  6. MotleyPete macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2008
  7. steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
    The internet was designed to be decentralized and redundant. The original DARPANET was designed to allow communications to continue after a nuclear attack, so the whole purpose was to allow it to not be vulnerable to a single attack.

    The problem isn't the bandwidth. The problem is that the internet uses 13 root DNS servers for the entire net. Take those down, and you could actually crash the entire Internet. There have been DDOS attacks against these servers in the past, but they were not severe enough to crash everything. Given a dedicated attack or another DNS exploit, you could see a nasty crash. Things have gotten better since the old days of there literally only being 13 DNS servers, but they are still vulnerable.
  8. fireshot91 macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    We have 26 letters....
    And I agree with above, those 26 letters and 10 numbers, with a very high number of digits that could be used for a domain name, the possibilities are basically endless. (Speaking of which, anybody know the maximum number of characters in a domain name?)
  9. StephenCampbell macrumors 65816

    Sep 21, 2009
    Using just the 25 letters, and limiting yourself to 25-character domain names, there are 88,817,841,970,012,523,233,890,533,447,265,625 possibilities. :rolleyes:
  10. Gonzo3333 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    I heard if you Google the word Google the internet will break. I remember that from the British T.V. show The I.T. Crowd.
  11. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    In theory a large enough solar flare could take down alot but not all. All out nuclear war would though.
  12. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    You can make it look like the Internet crashed if you take down an important backbone through which people connect. Those affected will think the net came down.
  13. RobertD63 macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2008
    A place
    Lmao! That was such a great video, I was in tears at the end. Just cause of the subtle jokes they threw in there. Especially the Nigeria remark. I was rolling.
  14. ethical macrumors 68000

    Dec 22, 2007
    Anyone else thinking of the South Park episode where the internet crashes and they reset a massive router to get it running again? :p

    I think I read somewhere that with IPv6 there are enough combinations of domains to allocate one to every square meter on the Earth. So I don't think we'll run out any time soon. More likely to run out of names for websites I reckon. How long until pops up? :p
  15. Mexbearpig macrumors 65816


    Dec 26, 2008
    If it ever crashes I will just head to my friends house, next starbucks, then the Apple store. If all else fails I'll head out Californeway. :D
  16. Theclamshell macrumors 68030

    Mar 2, 2009

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