Laura Jean Wilde wrote:I purchased the video set via scrubbly but cannot seem to get them to download properly. I have been trying for 28 days; different browsers, different extensions, different OS, nothing seems to work. any one else had this problem?
paul wheaton wrote:
I contacted Ian over at scubbly and he says he has already talked to you - everything peachy?
Marianne Cicala wrote:How unfortunate that in this day and age we need to be aware and proactive of self preservation/preparedness
Nick Kitchener wrote:Just a note about emergency electricity, and how important it is...
We have all hopefully read the rather dire stats on the probability of a CME taking out the global grid in the next 10 years (12%).
Talking with someone I know who has more than a passing interest in this sort of thing raised a point that has gone generally unreported, and that is the stats of a smaller event effecting the globe regionally (like what happened in happened in Quebec in 1989) are in the region of 35% over the next decade.
Troy Rhodes wrote:Ten years ago, if you were very handy, it was theoretically possible to build a functional solar panel at less than the cost of commercial panels.
These days, it's just not true. And home built panels have had relatively short lifespans in many cases..
Nick Kitchener wrote:It is expected that the metering systems for energy supply will be fried and will take months to replace (in a regional scenario), so free gas for all. But the downside is that your furnace will most likely be fried too.
A CME is NOT going to fry electronics or take out your furnace. Its not going to melt the power lines or anything else. That is just over blown internet hype and crap. What it will do is induce a voltage into the power lines and that will 'trip' the generators off line. the safety systems will trip, and that will bring down the grid until the power stations can be restart.
To estimate the scale of such a failure, report co-author John Kappenmann of the Metatech Corporation looked at the great geomagnetic storm of May 1921, which produced ground currents as much as ten times stronger than the 1989 Quebec storm, and modeled its effect on the modern power grid. He found more than 350 transformers at risk of permanent damage and 130 million people without power. The loss of electricity would ripple across the social infrastructure with "water distribution affected within several hours; perishable foods and medications lost in 12-24 hours; loss of heating/air conditioning, sewage disposal, phone service, fuel re-supply and so on."