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    Increasing solar activity could wreak havoc

    Increasing solar activity could wreak havoc


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    The sun waking from a deep sleep may not sound like such a bad thing and years ago it might not have been.
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    However in today's world reliant on technology for the basics of everyday life, increasing levels of solar activity and the flares from the consequent 'space storm' could wreak complete havoc.
    Nasa is telling us to prepare for a once in a generation storm which could result in widespread blackouts and leave us without critical communication signals for considerable periods of time.
    The overheating of national power grids, mass disruption of air travel and the complete shut down of electronic items, navigation devices and major satellites are just some of the consequences of the sun reaching its maximum power in only a few years time.
    As well as this, the bolt of lightning caused by the super storm could bring disastrous consequences for the world emergency service systems, hospital equipment and of course would leave us without our computers, sat navs and ipods.
    The worst case scenario would see large parts of the world plunged into darkness for months
    Most likely say senior scientists it will last hours and maybe days but this in a world reliant on high tech systems for almost everything we do is likely to have a drastic impact.
    Increasing solar activity could wreak havoc - Yahoo! News UK

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    its the millenium bug all over again. yaaawwwwwn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    its the millenium bug all over again. yaaawwwwwn.
    Yep, was just trying to figure out how to make some money out of it, guess i'll just market mirrors as solar flare deflectors, should find a few million gullible people if the milleniom bug is anything to go by.

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    Sun shades and umbrellas.

    Lap top sun shades.

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    Now let's see how the politicians etc. can twist this round for their benefit

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    Its not that far fetched, solar flares do disrupt satellites and telecoms..a major event
    would cripple many satellites,,which means no phones, tv, etc, I beleive sunspots have a similar effect.

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    But I saw a documentary about this.



    We're all doomed I tell you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phunphin View Post
    Its not that far fetched, solar flares do disrupt satellites and telecoms..a major event
    would cripple many satellites,,which means no phones, tv, etc, I beleive sunspots have a similar effect.
    A long time ago, when all this technology was new, I argued that the old systems including Morse code should be kept in case of serious fuck up.
    No bugger ever listened.

    Ha, ha, fucking ha if this comes off.

    /smug bastard.

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    A big solar storm can be desastrous. But we are better prepared than 10 years ago. We were very dependent of satellites then but now have diversified into glass fibre cable communication. We might lose some of the GPS network, bad but we can live without it.
    The continental power grids are at risk but they can be protected, if some precautions are in place.

    It would be worse than the millenium bug for sure.

    But the millenium bug might have caused more trouble if preemptive measures had not been taken. Some retired programmers made a buck out of it. Who programs in Fortran or Cobol now? My first programming was Fortran. Very basic only. Pun intended.

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    Sounds like a good time for hi-tech military drills and plausible deniability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers
    Who programs in Fortran or Cobol now?
    they still make money, going rate was 1000 EUROS per day at one point

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    Ha! I was looking for that image. Computers? How about a gigantic solar flare breaking apart the planet (after roasting the surface and evaporating the oceans)? How about that?

    The sky is falling, the sky is falling!

    :P

    Also interesting: NASA has warned us, but not really told us when to expect this once in a generation event. And NASA somehow neglected to tell us how exactly to prepare for a global power outage.

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    But I saw a documentary about this.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers
    Who programs in Fortran or Cobol now?
    they still make money, going rate was 1000 EUROS per day at one point
    There's legacy systems that can't be turned off. IBM has a lock on a large number of banks. You can imagine their systems consisting of thousands of individual pieces of programs working together, developed over a long period of time.

    Now it's extremely difficult and/or risky to transition these systems to newer machines, or a new code base. It's all a huge pile of spaghetti, and if it's turned off for an hour the bank goes bankrupt.

    We programmers know how to make ourselves indispensable :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by buriramboy
    It would appear that Duran Duran have re-released an old classic for the World Cup..........His name is Rio & he watches from the stand!
    Very good that BB...I didn't used to live that far from northwich..Nice Escort RS in the background..is it yours...classic motor..

    Quote Originally Posted by buriramboy
    guess i'll just market mirrors as solar flare deflectors, should find a few million gullible people
    you'll sell thousands over here...this lot are gullible as foooooook...call it a lucky amulet and your set....shit I'm giving away business secrets for free...



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    Quote Originally Posted by nikster View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers
    Who programs in Fortran or Cobol now?
    they still make money, going rate was 1000 EUROS per day at one point
    There's legacy systems that can't be turned off. IBM has a lock on a large number of banks. You can imagine their systems consisting of thousands of individual pieces of programs working together, developed over a long period of time.

    Now it's extremely difficult and/or risky to transition these systems to newer machines, or a new code base. It's all a huge pile of spaghetti, and if it's turned off for an hour the bank goes bankrupt.

    We programmers know how to make ourselves indispensable :P
    funny you should mention this, my brother had the job of intergrating new mainframes into citibanks ageing hardware, basiclly the whole of citibank is controlled from a datawarehouse in boston and brussels.
    He had to write all the code so that the new technology could talk to the old stuff.
    Citibank basicilly stole his programs too.
    number of the beast

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