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Solar X-Flare Blasts Directly Toward Earth 223

Freshly Exhumed writes with this excerpt from Space Weather: "Big sunspot AR1520 unleashed an X1.4-class solar flare on July 12th at 1653 UT. Because this sunspot is directly facing Earth, everything about the blast was geoeffective. For one thing, it hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME) directly toward our planet. According to a forecast track prepared by analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, the CME will hit Earth on July 14th around 10:20 UT (+/- 7 hours) and could spark strong geomagnetic storms. Sky watchers should be alert for auroras this weekend."
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Solar X-Flare Blasts Directly Toward Earth

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  • Summer Light (Score:4, Insightful)

    by orangebox ( 1997192 ) on Friday July 13, 2012 @10:52PM (#40645871)
    The Aurora Forecast [] predicts a good show. Too bad I doubt it will get dark enough in AK for my friends to see. Hopefully I can see it down here in Washington!
  • Re:Is it so wrong? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 14, 2012 @12:03AM (#40646185)

    I had similar desires for some kind of disaster, back when I was young and stupid.

    I had no money and was looking at a lifetime of working for a living in a society with materialistic values I did not share. As far as I could tell, "the system" wasn't working for me, so I wanted to see it ended.

    Fortunately for me, it did not end. If it did, I would have died right along with all the other millions of city-dwellers who would suddenly be without their influx of food. No farms+efficient food shipping = no food = starve to death or be eaten by starving cannibals (who will subsequently starve to death anyway). Sure, there are plenty of supermarkets in the city...all of which would be picked dry within a day. There is no viable source of food within a city that can supply the hordes of humans that dwell would be a grizzly end for all of us.

      The system was working for me then just as it is working for me now...people across the globe are growing food for me, making clothes for me, generating electricity for me, building computers for me, and so on. Everything I DO like about life is built for me by the hands of other humans...working a job is what I do in return. Sure, a few rich assholes with a disgusting sense of entitlement get to indulge in extreme luxury at our expense, and it is frustrating, but even so, the deal we get is still awesome (when reflected-upon by a clear mind).

    Grow up, weird_w, your disaster would be your end and the end of everything you love.

  • Re:Is it so wrong? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by the_Bionic_lemming ( 446569 ) on Saturday July 14, 2012 @12:19AM (#40646241)

    Yes, because a lot of people would die.

    Our global society would be set back to 300 years ago, except no one has any experience living as a fucking pioneer; we're all air-conditioned and supermarket-fed. So everyone that doesn't have TEOTWAWKI preparations would die. And then most of the survivors would die of looters and starvation, and the looters would die of cholera and previously preventable illnesses.

    So I find your opinion ignorant at best, sociopathic and homicidal at worst.

    Heh. I have ammo, know how to hunt and skin, know how to preserve food, actually love the taste of squirrel, do my own garden and keep seeds up, understand how to make and maintain a well. Can rebuild old cars - ones without fancy electronical thingies.

    And I'm a geek that earns a living as a programmer.

    Granted, only a first generation American - but my parents and grandparents taught me how to not rely on supermarkets and stuff.

    If the world fell apart, I'm mean enough to stick around for a long time.

  • Re:nice. (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 14, 2012 @12:19AM (#40646243)

    Who cares about a fucking hotdog. Children are starving in Africa and you give a shit about a fucking hotdog? Fuck you. Instead of shooting electron beams at a hotdog to see what happens these scientists should be in the wheat fields growing food for starving children in 3rd world countries. First world fuckers like yourself are decadent faggots who care more about a hotdog than humans. Those same starving children probably mined the hotdog for you so you could play with it in your lab. Fuckers.

    if you want to give africans something that will help their poverty and famine situation... some kind of aerosolized birth control that's effective for a long time after a single dose makes the most sense. just "dust" their population centers. or did you think people who're starving are in a good position to make babies?

  • Re:Is it so wrong? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by geekoid ( 135745 ) <`dadinportland' `at' `'> on Saturday July 14, 2012 @01:51AM (#40646539) Homepage Journal

    Ah, yes that will be really handy when 100,000 people show up at your door.

    People who think they will hide in the woods and fend for themselves are deluded.

    "And I'm a geek that earns a living as a programmer."
    yes, all the skills that are completely useless in that event.

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"