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The "Internet is a global system of interconnected "computer networks, consisting of millions of private and public, academic, business, and government networks of local to global scope that are linked by "copper wires, "fiber-optic cables, "wireless connections, and other technologies. The Internet appears to its users as a single worldwide network accessible to the general public. The protocol that makes it possible to use the millions of networks composing the Internet as if they were one network is a special type of packet switching known as IP or The Internet Protocol.

A computer that connects to the Internet can access information from a vast number of "servers and other computers. An Internet connection also allows the computer to send information through the network; that information may be saved and ultimately accessed by a variety of servers and other computers. Much of the information widely accessible through use of the Internet consists of the interlinked "hypertext documents and other resources of the "World Wide Web (WWW). Web users typically send and receive information using a "web browser. Other software for interacting with computer networks includes specialized programs for "electronic mail, "online chat, "file transfer and "file sharing.

Information is moved around the Internet by "packet switching using the standardized "Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP) which defines how packets are moving in any platform especially the transport layer. The Internet Protocol Suite consists of several layers of protocols. The lowest layer (the "link layer) deals with protocols that transmit data over specific technologies, such as Ethernet or Wi-Fi. The highest layer (the "application layer) supports specific applications, such as e-mail and file transfer. In between are the "Internet layer, which provides for transmitting packets over any conceivable technology, and the "transport layer, which provides for various services such as reliable delivery of packets or real-time streaming of packets.

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""Bale Out: RevoLucian's Christian Bale Remix!" is a satirical "dance remix by "American "composer "Lucian Piane, also known as RevoLucian, released on February 2, 2009, to "YouTube and "Myspace. The piece utilizes audio from a July 2008 rant made by actor "Christian Bale on the set of "Terminator Salvation. Various other elements are used in the remix, including pulsating dance track beats and clips of "Barbra Streisand from a 2006 exchange with a supporter of then-"President "George W. Bush, creating the impression of Streisand arguing with Bale.

The day after its release, the YouTube page for the song had been viewed over 200,000 times, and over a million times by February 5, 2009. The "Associated Press called it a "hypnotic dance track", and "United Press International noted it was "catchy", characterizing it as a "YouTube sensation". Gil Kaufman of " described the piece as "a techno-ripping, demonic dance party". "Time magazine's website called the track "hilarious", and "Nine News characterized it as a "raging online success". The director of Terminator Salvation "McG liked the remix and put a copy of it on his "iPod, and Bale said he had heard the remix and thought "they did a good job".

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""Partial map of the Internet.
Credit: "Matt Britt
A partial map of the "internet, rendered based on "ping delay.



Main project: "WikiProject Internet


Related WikiProjects: "Blogging • "Websites • "Early Web History • "Internet culture

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""Al Gore, Official portrait, 1994
"Albert Arnold "Al" Gore, Jr. (born March 31, 1948) was the forty-fifth "Vice President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001 under "President "Bill Clinton. Gore previously served in the "U. S. House of Representatives (1977–85) and the "U. S. Senate (1985–93), representing "Tennessee. He was the "Democratic Party "presidential nominee in the "2000 election, and shared the 2007 "Nobel Peace Prize with the "Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for his work as an "environmental "activist. Gore has been involved with the development of the Internet since the "1970s, first as a Congressman and later as Senator and Vice-President. His "High Performance Computing and Communication Act of 1991 (often referred to as the Gore Bill) was passed on December 9, 1991 and led to the "National Information Infrastructure (NII) which Gore referred to as the ""information superhighway." "Leonard Kleinrock, a key player in the development of the "ARPANET, considers the act to be a critical moment in Internet history. Internet pioneers "Vint Cerf and "Bob Kahn stated in the 2000 article "Al Gore and the Internet", that Gore was "the first political leader to recognize the importance of the Internet and to promote and support its development."

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""George W. Bush
Information is moving - you know, nightly news is one way, of course, but it's also moving through the blogosphere and through the Internets.
"George W. Bush, May 2, 2007

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"Electronic commerce
"English on the Internet
"File sharing
"History of the Internet
"Instant messaging
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"Scale-free network
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"World Summit on the Information Society
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"Academic databases and search engines
"List of blogging terms
"List of HTTP headers
"List of HTTP status codes
"List of IP protocol numbers
"List of journals available free online
"List of IPv6 tunnel brokers
"List of PHP editors
"List of organizations with .INT domain names
"List of social networking websites
"List of newsgroups
"Comp.* hierarchy
"Sci.* hierarchy
"List of RFCs
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"List of web directories
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"List of websites founded before 1995

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