History Main / InternetIncorporated

25th Nov '16 12:44:27 AM Psychadelico
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In RealLife, the Internet is a network of networks. While a few aspects of it are centralized (for instance, the allocation of blocks of IP addresses, the top-level parts of the DNS, and the allocation of Autonomous System numbers), it mostly works in a decentralized fashion, where each system operates independently and their interconnections are based on bilateral agreements and common protocols. There is no central company, organization, or government agency which controls or operates the Internet as a whole.

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In RealLife, the Internet is a network of networks. While a few aspects of it are centralized (for instance, the allocation of blocks of IP addresses, the top-level parts of the DNS, and the allocation of Autonomous System numbers), numbers[[labelnote:note]]all of which admittedly the internet as it is known today could not operate without, but it's still a far cry from this trope[[/labelnote]]), it mostly works in a decentralized fashion, where each system operates independently and their interconnections are based on bilateral agreements and common protocols. There is no central company, organization, or government agency which controls or operates the Internet as a whole.
20th Aug '16 1:13:14 AM FordPrefect
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*** There are alternative root nameservers out there. In purely technical terms escaping VeriSign's clutches is as easy as setting up a new set of servers and moving over.

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*** There are alternative root nameservers out there. In purely technical terms escaping VeriSign's [=VeriSign's=] clutches is as easy as setting up a new set of servers and moving over.
28th Jun '16 4:28:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Eddsworld}}: The main characters try to earn some money by posting a video of Matt being crushed by a vending machine (ItMakesSenseInContext). After watching the video, the CEO of the internet believes [[MundaneMadeAwesome this is the most important discovery since air]] and rushes to inform the internet... and trips over the cable, turning the whole web off.

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* {{Eddsworld}}: The main characters try to earn some money by posting a video of Matt being crushed by a vending machine (ItMakesSenseInContext). After watching the video, the CEO of the internet believes [[MundaneMadeAwesome this is the most important discovery since air]] and rushes to inform the internet... and trips over the cable, turning the whole web off.

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28th Jun '16 3:55:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''CornerGas'' Oscar was tricked into believing that at a central authority had kicked him off the Internet.

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* In ''CornerGas'' ''Series/CornerGas'' Oscar was tricked into believing that at a central authority had kicked him off the Internet.
28th Aug '15 4:51:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'': To track down Ultron, Tony Stark visits The Internet in Oslo, Norway, which is apparently a huge futuristic-looking server room where all data packages in the world are said to go through. While there, he finds [[spoiler:the remains of J.A.R.V.I.S.]]
28th Aug '15 4:46:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* RealLife: America Online used to work this way. Fortunately the wonders of network effects forced their transition into a relatively normal ISP and the resulting demise of "AOL Keyword" on movie trailers and whatnot.
** As alluded to above, [[http://www.verisign.com/ VeriSign]] operates 2 of the 13 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Root_nameserver root nameservers]], including the A nameserver, and (after acquiring and spinning off Network Solutions) operates the only ''registry'' of .com, .net, and .name addresses for the various ''registrars''.
*** There are alternative root nameservers out there. In purely technical terms escaping VeriSign's clutches is as easy as setting up a new set of servers and moving over.
* Also a callback to the bad old days of the Bell System, where one company pretty much ''did'' control the whole network, with few exceptions.
* There was talk in the late-2000s about allowing the President of the United States to have an "Internet kill switch" to control the use of Internet in the times of crisis, potentially capable of cutting off the connections from entire continents. It went nowhere and was quietly dropped. It's rather doubtful that such a thing could be implemented at all, given that at best only the US would be cut off.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship_in_the_People%27s_Republic_of_China Great Firewall]] [[BannedInChina of China]] and similar censorship methods in other countries would count, even if they're not straight examples.


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* RealLife: America Online used to work this way. Fortunately the wonders of network effects forced their transition into a relatively normal ISP and the resulting demise of "AOL Keyword" on movie trailers and whatnot.
** As alluded to above, [[http://www.verisign.com/ VeriSign]] operates 2 of the 13 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Root_nameserver root nameservers]], including the A nameserver, and (after acquiring and spinning off Network Solutions) operates the only ''registry'' of .com, .net, and .name addresses for the various ''registrars''.
*** There are alternative root nameservers out there. In purely technical terms escaping VeriSign's clutches is as easy as setting up a new set of servers and moving over.
* Also a callback to the bad old days of the Bell System, where one company pretty much ''did'' control the whole network, with few exceptions.
* There was talk in the late-2000s about allowing the President of the United States to have an "Internet kill switch" to control the use of Internet in the times of crisis, potentially capable of cutting off the connections from entire continents. It went nowhere and was quietly dropped. It's rather doubtful that such a thing could be implemented at all, given that at best only the US would be cut off.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship_in_the_People%27s_Republic_of_China Great Firewall]] [[BannedInChina of China]] and similar censorship methods in other countries would count, even if they're not straight examples.
28th Aug '15 4:46:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'': Tachibana Labs
* ''Anime/DennouCoil'': Megamass owns the AugmentedReality system overlying the town of Daikoku. This is justified since it's a local system restricted to that town only, with the company having chosen (and presumably been permitted to) use the town as a prototype testing ground: They control TheMetaverse, but not all the information said Metaverse connects to.



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* ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'': Tachibana Labs
* ''Anime/DennouCoil'': Megamass owns the AugmentedReality system overlying the town of Daikoku. This is justified since it's a local system restricted to that town only, with the company having chosen (and presumably been permitted to) use the town as a prototype testing ground: They control TheMetaverse, but not all the information said Metaverse connects to.
28th Aug '15 4:44:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''SarahZero'', the internet has been deleted and replaced by the corporation-controlled Contranet.
* It's mentioned in ''{{SSDD}}'' that Maytec runs a much, much, more secure alternative to the internet, which has become the domain of the Anarchists and is largely infested by [[ContagiousAI the Oracle]]. Yet, despite being illegal to access in many countries still remains popular since you can't get free porn or bootlegged videos off the corporate network.

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* In ''SarahZero'', ''Webcomic/SarahZero'', the internet has been deleted and replaced by the corporation-controlled Contranet.
* It's mentioned in ''{{SSDD}}'' ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'' that Maytec runs a much, much, more secure alternative to the internet, which has become the domain of the Anarchists and is largely infested by [[ContagiousAI the Oracle]]. Yet, despite being illegal to access in many countries still remains popular since you can't get free porn or bootlegged videos off the corporate network.
5th Jun '15 9:58:24 AM ShinyTsukkomi
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* ''DennouCoil'': Megamass owns the AugmentedReality system overlying the town of Daikoku. This is justified since it's a local system restricted to that town only, with the company having chosen (and presumably been permitted to) use the town as a prototype testing ground: They control TheMetaverse, but not all the information said Metaverse connects to.

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* ''DennouCoil'': ''Anime/DennouCoil'': Megamass owns the AugmentedReality system overlying the town of Daikoku. This is justified since it's a local system restricted to that town only, with the company having chosen (and presumably been permitted to) use the town as a prototype testing ground: They control TheMetaverse, but not all the information said Metaverse connects to.
4th Dec '14 12:37:18 PM WanderingBrowser
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* Op Net from the ''{{Aberrant}}'' TabletopRPG is the system that esentially replaced the internet (due to better AppliedPhlebotinum) and requires its users to be licensed.

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* Op Net from the ''{{Aberrant}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Aberrant}}'' TabletopRPG is the system that esentially replaced the internet (due to better AppliedPhlebotinum) and requires its users to be licensed.
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