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Comment: Re:FUD filled.... (Score 1) 211

by Lumpy (#47548401) Attached to: How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

Properly designed diesel engines for emergency back-up never need power at all to run except for starting. and that is only because most people are far too weak to hand start a large 600hp motor.

The modern ones with ECM's and electronic ignition are simply for impressing other engneers and emissions.

Comment: Re:FUD filled.... (Score 5, Interesting) 211

by Lumpy (#47531099) Attached to: How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

"You need Air, Fuel and Spark"

You must not work on many engines then....

Diesel does not need spark.

"but more importantly, neatly all the valves in those plants are controlled by electricity. " And they have geared handwheels on them for emergency backup.. Have you ever been in a Water filtration plant? I worked in one for over 7 years, during that time I had to operate the whole place by myself during two extended power outages, one actually blew up the main transformers on the premise and melted the 7200 volt power lines coming in to run our 350hp electric motors. I had a very hectic 30 minutes to run the 1/2 mile to the other end of the facility during a major thunderstorm to start the generators manually as we did not have auto start back then. Then run all the way back and manually close 4 60" gate valves by hand to shut down half of the water plant as water consumption dropped way down as most of the town was out of power. By the time the emergency response guys showed up and I opened the gates I had the 500,000 Gallon per day pumps running and the water towers in the city above a 75% full point.

What is fun is when you are in a pumphouse and the check valve fails and a 350hp motor is running backwards at full speed and someone does not answer the radio up at the control house and hits START on that motor. the smell of vaporized copper and ozone in the air when the breaker arms exploded and vaporized because 7200 volts at insane amps met a motor running backwards and acting like a direct short. My ears were ringing for a week.

Comment: Re:FUD filled.... (Score 4, Insightful) 211

by Lumpy (#47530785) Attached to: How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

Not hard at all. EMP does not blow up starter motors and does not blow up lead acid batteries. Hell all I have to do is connect jumper cables from the battery to the starter lugs to start the generator.

Granted that's far more difficult for the typical person that cant get past the "I pushed the button, it most be broke" thought process, but that is why most places actually hire competent employees to manage that stuff.

Comment: FUD filled.... (Score 4, Insightful) 211

by Lumpy (#47530197) Attached to: How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

" disabling everything that plugs into a wall socket. Most people wouldn't even be able to flush their toilet because urban water supplies largely rely on electric pumps"

Every single water filtration plant has very large diesel generators that can run the place for months without electrical power. And no, a solar flare can not burn out giant motors and generators, all that can be ran easily without the SCADA system. In fact we used to run drills operating the place by hand, as most of the guys that did it from 1940 until 1990 did it mostly by hand.

Comment: Death bell tolling for thee.... (Score 4, Insightful) 321

by Lumpy (#47519467) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

People HATE windows 8 because they are trying to force a touch interface on it, most people do not buy touch montiors so it is less than intuitive.. now they want to make it even more touch oriented? unless they are going to send me FREE 27" and 40" 4K touchscreen monitors it's not going to be worth a damn.

STOP TRYING TO UNIFY THE PC AND TABLET/PHONE WORLDS! I am so sick of companies trying to do this, it's a failure an utter failure.

Comment: It's a great weapon. (Score 1) 189

Honestly, what a fantastic way of completely screwing your enemy. smallpox bombs are a fantastic weapon that will make the people turn on their local government and military as soon as their children start dying.

Biological and Chemical warfare is worse than nuclear warfare, and it's heinous to it's core.

Comment: Typical stupid Netflix Executives.... (Score 1) 350

by Lumpy (#47508759) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Instead of announcing they will stop processing on saturday to increase profits. they would have announce it as, "here at netflix we love our employees so starting now we will be giving all of them saturdays off. It's because netflix is an honest company that loves it's employees."

We all know it's as far from the truth as possible, but it's all fluffy and feely that makes people smile..

"You know, we've won awards for this crap." -- David Letterman