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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Doom and Gloom

The Man has pronounced many times that the Internet is going to self-destruct and it will be the end of civilization as we know it! The rest of the family, including me, poo-poo him and insist that this will never happen. Though I will admit to  wondering what would happen if, indeed, it did implode....

My first thoughts were about Internet banking, which I find very convenient and which I have convinced myself is perfectly safe. So nice to be able to 'ping' funds abroad and not have to trudge the few blocks down to the bank to make arrangements and then pay a fee. But, oops, if the Internet blew would my money (such as it is) be safe? Would the information I have 'on the cloud' still be there? Would data survive??? Would all our blogging efforts just disappear in a nano second?

Would governments and businesses be able to cope if Internet services were somehow destroyed.

On a positive note -- there would be no more addicts punching madly on their phones and tablets. They might learn how to converse again. They might even talk to us old guys.

I am going to suggest to The Man that he concentrate more on finding us a suitable replacement for the 25-year-old Volvo Estate. He's doing searches on the Internet so he'd better hurry before his doomsday scenario  makes it impossible.

16 comments:

  1. I never allow my bank to do everything online - insist on getting the statements at any rate. I also print stuff out if it is important. Of course printed matter is a lot less secure than most stuff online, in truth, but I suppose I take a belt and braces approach!

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    1. Sounds like wisdom prevails with you!

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  2. Don't even suggest that!

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    1. For me, the overall impact is hard to imagine.

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  3. It's not so many years ago we all managed to run our lives without internet. How quickly times change. It does make life easier but we do take it for granted. Scary to think what would happen if it all went "pff".

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    1. Even it it all went 'pff' for just a day, it is hard to imagine. Although I can imagine panic!

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  4. Well, at least Trump wouldn't be able to Tweet again. Ever, and that would be such a good thing.

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  5. The only comfort I take from that happening is that we would ALL be in the same boat. Hubby keeps a stash of real money, but I don't. I hope it doesn't happen during my lifetime. Afterwards it would be fine. :-)

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    1. It would probably all be fixed in no time. And of course you can be sure we wouldn't ALL be in the same boat...

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  6. Oh just get a 20 year-old Volvo estate and you will be fine.

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    1. The whole point about the internet is that it was designed to survive a direct hit with a nuclear bomb. The problem is that it can never be destroyed, and now with flash-memory technology which needs no electricity to store information, it just lies dormant during a power-cut.

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  7. When the end of civilization comes I intend to die with a circle of chocolate on my mouth.

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    1. Ah, but will you know it has come in time to open your mouth and pop it in?

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