Expectation: Internet can survive nuclear strike
Reality: cut a fibre and entire websites go dark for hours
@Canageek Detonate something above North America at high altitude and yes, most electronics not shielded will be fried.
@Canageek @bea @Elizafox That's probably true. As a side note, I'd love to explore the closed sections of the Gander Airport. I've flown out of there a few times and the part that's open is tiny and kinda crappy, but there's got to be some cool, retro stuff in the older sections that are no longer in use.
@Elizafox @nev @ink_slinger @bea Gander actually strikes me as a good subject. Town that iddn't even exist till WWII, built to fly planes from Canada (and then Canada and US) to Britain for the war. First flight from it is a wave of Lancaster Bombers. There are five of them, only one has a map and compass, they are told if they get separated, to aim for England. They do get split up in fog, but all five make it anyway.
The reason the Internet can't /really/ survive a nuclear strike anymore is simple: the military isn't the one who builds it anymore. Infrastructure is done for the lowest possible prices now, not for the maximum amount of resiliency. They don't care about anarchist goals or nuclear strikes or any of that. They care about money.
@Elizafox Ah, the infamous "backhoe fade".
Many years back, the NANOG annual T-shirt was a backhoe with the red slashed circle. Ship anchors are their marine cousins.
Major backbones are harder to disrupt, but not impossible. Those are more often taken out by software faults/attacks.
@Elizafox You don't even have to cut anything. Remember how a Google engineer took down most of Japan's internet by misconfiguring some BGP advertisement?