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From the Ted Talk "Danny Hillis: The Internet could crash. We need a Plan B"

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But the fact is, people are mostly _______ on defending the computers on the ________, and there's been surprisingly little attention to defending the Internet itself as a communications medium. And I think we probably do need to pay some more attention to that, because it's actually kind of fragile. So actually, in the early days, back when it was the _______, there were actually times — there was a particular time it failed completely because one single message processor actually got a bug in it. And the way the Internet works is the _______ are basically exchanging information about how they can get messages to places, and this one processor, because of a ______ ____, decided it could actually get a message to some place in negative ____. So, in other words, it claimed it could deliver a message before you sent it. So of course, the fastest way to get a _______ anywhere was to send it to this guy, who would send it back in time and get it there super early, so every message in the Internet started getting switched through this one node, and of course that _______ everything up. Everything started ________. The interesting thing was, though, that the sysadmins were able to fix it, but they had to _________ turn every single thing on the Internet off. Now, of course you couldn't do that today. I mean, everything off, it's like the service call you get from the cable company, except for the whole world.

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  2. arpanet
  3. routers
  4. time
  5. broken
  6. focused
  7. basically
  8. internet
  9. clogged
  10. message
  11. card

Original Text

But the fact is, people are mostly focused on defending the computers on the Internet, and there's been surprisingly little attention to defending the Internet itself as a communications medium. And I think we probably do need to pay some more attention to that, because it's actually kind of fragile. So actually, in the early days, back when it was the ARPANET, there were actually times — there was a particular time it failed completely because one single message processor actually got a bug in it. And the way the Internet works is the routers are basically exchanging information about how they can get messages to places, and this one processor, because of a broken card, decided it could actually get a message to some place in negative time. So, in other words, it claimed it could deliver a message before you sent it. So of course, the fastest way to get a message anywhere was to send it to this guy, who would send it back in time and get it there super early, so every message in the Internet started getting switched through this one node, and of course that clogged everything up. Everything started breaking. The interesting thing was, though, that the sysadmins were able to fix it, but they had to basically turn every single thing on the Internet off. Now, of course you couldn't do that today. I mean, everything off, it's like the service call you get from the cable company, except for the whole world.

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