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An interesting question is this: if you were to cut all of the Internet connections between, say, American and Europe, upon which side of the ocean would "the Internet" reside?

The answer is "both," as long as both use the same database for DNS lookups. "The Internet" is not the connectivity of the systems, it's the naming system that allows your computer to translation www.eurotrib.com to 64.34.177.101.

A shadow Internet might make a different translation, but as long as you're using TCP/IP as the underlying communication protocol, it would still work pretty much the same. Of course, if it is decided to block access to 64.34.177.101 then you are hosed and must return to radio.

by asdf on Tue Dec 28th, 2010 at 01:25:53 PM EST

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