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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by cranky, Sep 6, 2021.
CME ( coronal mass ejection ) = bad
Gamma Ray Bursts = Extinction Level event ( ELE )
At least once a week I see a conversation about how much people don't need the Internet on some sort of Internet forum.
But yeah, the article isn't really all that frightening.
I didn't read the article, i just came here to comment.
Can you imagine no internet?
Where would I self diagnose without web md?
Who would "know it all" without Google university graduates?
I'd have to call sweetwater and order something!
Where will I go to blather on about my opinions without facepage?
And I would have never learned about tone wood.
A world without internet? No thanks!
So you are, in fact, wound up about it. Got it.
You realize most of us are joking around in here, right?
Even though there's nothing funny about it.
1) A world without the interweb? Well...I'd get more practice time.
2) A world without electricity? I'd go back to the acoustics I haven't learned to play yet.
The company I work for builds components for server farms.....so I'd be unemployed and have more time for numbers 1 and 2.
Everything in your house says "Made in USA" on it, does it? We're already having supply and supply chain issues with raw materials and products from the other side of the planet. Granted, we set ourselves up for that. But losing the ability to quickly communicate with those sources won't help matters any.
You mean outside of Twitter?
Facebook is relatively benign IMO. Twitter on the other hand with Instragram close to follow, is probably the most groupthink inducing and indepedent thought corroding force known to mankind. The East German Stasi couldn't have even imagined a better tool for sheep herding.
How are snowflakes gonna know when they're supposed to be triggered?
Never mind the international undersea cables. If an event of that magnitude occurs, it's likely to fry the whole power grid and many of us might be without electricity itself for days, weeks, or even months - rural areas possibly even longer.
Look up the Carrington event of 1859.
Space weather is monitored closely so warnings could be issued in advance. And large sections of the power grid can be shut down pre-emptively to forestall major damage if such an event occurs.
But the danger lies with the thousands of substations and local transformers, which have not been reinforced and are virtually unprotected against the huge currents that may be induced.
During the Carrington event, currents induced (even in the minimal wiring of the day) were so strong that the wires were arcing across the gap up on the poles. A number of telegraph operators were electrocuted at their posts.
The currents from today's millions of of miles of wiring would likely fry transformers by the tens of thousands, and local power could not fully be restored until after new ones were manufactured and shipped, then installed. Unfortunately extra-high voltage transformers are no longer made in the USA; we get them from Germany and South Korea. How soon those factories will be up and running after a catastrophic power crisis is another question.
Emergency-preparedness agencies have been begging power companies to address this danger for years. Virtually nothing has been done - it would require reinvesting some of the profits rather than passing that money along as dividends.
Something tells me you'll be there to let them know.
And you couldn't be more wrong, which i sense is a pattern for you
Ehhh, as far as California is concerned, who cares. The utilities are doing such an amazing job at having their decades old derelict equipment cause fires whenever the wind gets above 10mph, that the entire state will be burned to crisp long before the next geomagnetic storm occurs. Such a mess. Unfortunately, there's no way something like that will ever be done. The state public utilities commission by law is allowed to hold their meetings closed door hidden from the public, and the board is a whose who of former executives at said companies they are allegedly regulating. It's just one big lobbying and re-election fund scam that will never force these companies to do anything they don't want to do.
At the very least it ll be the end of PC culture...
I could do with a rest
Aye, a long one.
It's a good day for stretching out in the sun with a nice glass of red though...
Obviously, you have missed the armies of neo-Nazis and other assorted fascists that infest Zuckerberg's Wonderland. Unless that's your concept of "benign". It isn't mine.
Did you guys notice how many times the word "could" is used in the article?
^^^ LOL!!! Wish I still had mine! Still have all my cassettes.
I remember my internet being out for about 30 years.