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    Huge solar storm - Excuse for the day

    BBC News - Fears of disruption as big solar storm set to hit Earth

    And hopefully we'll get a clear sky tonight as the northern lights may be seen at lower latitudes

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    O-noes!!! *hides*

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    I've already used this for an excuse this morning!

    A router became unresponsive so I jokingly said that it must have been down to the current solar storm!

    The poor sod believed me too!

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    The way our luck goes, we were thinking of putting a big 'X' on the roof to say 'here's the servers!!
    We have had in the past two years, a gas explosion next door whose shockwave wiped all the disks, a mains disruption that didn't just go off but went high then low then high then off then back on etc. All in a few mins. That really screwed things up. So that plus the other 'bad luck' we have had we totally expect the lot to be wiped by this evening!
    We have jokingly said that the only thing we havn't had happen is a truck throught he wall!
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    Husband is flying back from Delhi today... fingers crossed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    Husband is flying back from Delhi today... fingers crossed!
    He'll be fine.

    All this "solar storm" stuff is the same as all the "millenium bug" stuff. A big fuss over nothing.

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    The horizon programme on solar storms and the sun the other night was interesting esp how the national grid gets around the issue of it potential frying the transformers, they just turn everything on across the grid

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    He'll be fine.

    All this "solar storm" stuff is the same as all the "millenium bug" stuff. A big fuss over nothing.
    Just like DA14, where the newspapers are all "Ahh it's going to hit us!" then 2 days later "Experts say it won't hit us, but it might in 2020!"

    And apparently the asteroid, if it does hit us, is only expected to make a dent as big as the Tunguska Event instead of wiping us out.

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    Yeah but if the Tunguska Event asteroid had landed on a major city instead of sparsely populated wilderness......

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    Quote Originally Posted by pshuttle View Post
    Yeah but if the Tunguska Event asteroid had landed on a major city instead of sparsely populated wilderness......
    Or in an ocean, causing a massive tsunami...

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    The odds of an asteroid hitting us are slim. The odds of it then landing on a major population centre are even more miniscule. It's all doomsday panic.

    Just like this solar flare might require a few tweaks here and there but it won't end the world.

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    But....but...but the world is boring without the constant fear of an extinction level event in our lifetime.

    Big it up for an uber Coronal Mass Ejection!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAM View Post
    The odds of an asteroid hitting us are slim. The odds of it then landing on a major population centre are even more miniscule. It's all doomsday panic.

    Just like this solar flare might require a few tweaks here and there but it won't end the world.
    Have you not read Arthur C Clarke's Rama series?

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    He'll be fine.

    All this "solar storm" stuff is the same as all the "millenium bug" stuff. A big fuss over nothing.
    I was involved with the 'millenium bug stuff' and if all that work had not been done a lot of things would have gone wrong!
    It's like IT in general. You do all the work and everything works, so people think that you are doing nothing. They only appriciate you when it goes wrong and then they ask you why you didnt sort it before!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAM View Post
    The odds of an asteroid hitting us are slim. The odds of it then landing on a major population centre are even more miniscule. It's all doomsday panic.

    Just like this solar flare might require a few tweaks here and there but it won't end the world.
    The chances of anything coming from Mars, are a million to one he said...

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