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Comment: Re:One word: FUD (Score 1) 115

Oh, right becasue idiots think an EMP would stop most vehicles from running.

Only those with modern computer controlled engines and sophisticated antipollution technology. And unfortunately it will take computer run equipment to fix them.

So, basically, we would be in 1910 for about a month, then 1920, within a year everyone would have power again.

Unfortunately it isn't 1910 any more. Nearly all of the available equipment that would be needed to build or repair infrastructure relies on either computers or electricity. Steam power has pretty much gone out of style. It might take longer than you think, and 1910 might be one of the better case scenarios for a starting point to rebuild. By the way, how many horses, wagons, and buggies are there around these days? I'm sure the Amish will do fine, but the rest of us?

Would civilization collapse? no.

It would be badly damaged at best, and there would be large numbers of people dying. Think "New Orleans" after Katrina on a country-wide scale.

EMP will likely take out most computer controlled engines, which is most modern engines. Supermarkets generally only have a few days of food on hand. Few people keep more than a few days of food on hand. A big part of that will start to go bad within a day or two when the electricity goes out and the refrigerator and freezer don't work. Cooking? Few houses and apartments are set up for cooking without electricity. In the dark, with limited food, difficulty cooking, coming problems with the water supply, there will be medical emergencies that will go unanswered because telephones won't work, ambulances won't run, the electronic health records rely on fried computers. Feel free to continue the exercise.

The internet would be running at some capacity through the whole thing.

Not if the EMP damaged the electronics, no. It certainly wouldn't have the major enabling role that it does today. And the "just in time" style of logistics that has become so common means there is far less slack in the supply chain than there used to be.

The biggest risk is that all these ignorant survivalist cause people to panic becasue of all the FUD that have been spreading.

You mean that the people that have stores of food, medicine, and essentials that operate without electricity will cause panic in the people without food, water, medicine, transportation? You might have that backwards.

Comment: Re:Actual thought process (Score 2) 115

Reading summary: this seems pretty stupid and a little fear-mongery for slashdot.

Click link: Fox news, figures. Usual shit reporting and lack of detail. Obamacare not mentioned anywhere in article.

Click link in article to not much more detail, more zomg fear crap, still no mention of obamacare.

Read comments on ok, I’m out

Not saying there isn’t something to talk about here, but linking to fox news for this kind of topic is like linking to a local news report on heartbleed. We aren’t the audience for this level of reporting.

So you repeatedly looked for "Obamacare" information in a story about the dangers to infrastructure posed by EMP? (And that is modded "informative"?!?!) Yes, I'll agree with your assessment that you "...aren’t the audience for this level of reporting." You don't seem to be up to that level. On top of that your post isn't really anything other than an anti-Fox News troll.

There is plenty of fodder in those stories for good discussion by anyone that is interested. You apparently aren't.

Experts: Civilians not ready for EMP-caused blackout

On multiple occasions during the past 155 years, large enough CME’s have disrupted electrical systems on Earth. One of the largest recorded solar flares happened in 1859. The CME, called the Carrington Event, disrupted telegraph systems in Europe and North America, and lit up the evening sky.

A solar flare in 1989 caused a blackout in Quebec that lasted more than nine hours, and systems as far away as New Jersey were also damaged. In 2013, ranked the solar storm that caused the blackout as the fourth worst in history. ranked a solar storm in December 2006 as the worst, and U.S. government officials reported that the event disrupted satellite communications and GPS signals for about 10 minutes and damaged the satellite that took the picture of the storm.

A joint study published in 2013 by researchers at Lloyd’s of London and Atmospheric and Environmental Research found that a similar event today would cost the world economy $2.3 trillion.

Risk of another Carrington-class solar flare is expected to peak by early 2015. In the summer of 2012, Earth narrowly missed one estimated to have been more powerful than the Carrington Event and 35 times the size of Earth.

Comment: Re:Dumbass (Score 3, Insightful) 96

Lets expand on that. Why can't ordinary citizens of the many nations (US, UK, AU, NZ, CA) that Snowden took documents from and leaked have a grievance against him? Do they all work for the intelligence services of their government? Or can ordinary citizens be against it and express an opinion? If not, are you working on the side of the FSB and Chinese intelligence in the conduct of political warfare against the US by advocating in favor of Snowden? If not, why can't someone have a contrary view, that Snowden's actions were bad, without working for the NSA? Does the fact that he arranges for a few of the documents that he stole to be published make it all OK? Does that give Snowden a pass to do whatever he wants without criticism?

Comment: Re:Wrong Question (Score 1) 96

If he really wanted to ask questions about freedoms, he should have asked about the LGBT rights in Russia or Chechens' right for self-determination. In the US, asking about surveillance violations is the right question to ask because, by and large, it is one of the most pressing issues. In Russia, that ain't.

The proper question to ask when it comes to freedom is always the one concerning the greatest, most infamous violations.

Not really. Both subjects, and plenty more, would be appropriate to ask in Russia. There is no shortage of problematic areas of human rights issues there, not to mention a growing list of incidents of aggression against its neighbors. Russia is choosing to revert to its Soviet past.

Comment: Re:3D Printing - Anachy ? (Score 1) 186

by cold fjord (#46800705) Attached to: Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

I find it amusing that Anarchy will supposedly spring forth from a technology that depends on highly refined, multi-disciplinary engineering and built from precision materials that are only manufactured and sold at affordable pricing in the context of a highly ordered society.

Nobody said that 3D printing was going to be a sustainable technology.

Comment: Re:How's your Russian? (Score 1) 370

by cold fjord (#46797943) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

The Russian armies continuing to mass on Ukraine's borders?
Russian special forces and intelligence agents infiltrating Ukraine and instigating insurrection and incidents?
The Russians violating the Open Skies treaty to deny Western and US compliance inspection over-flights of Russia to hide their activity?
The UN finding that the Crimean election wasn't quite as free as claimed?
Putin admitting that the "little green men" in Crimea were, "surprise! surprise!," Russian soldiers after all?
Jews being told they must "register" in an area of Ukraine controlled by Russian separatists? which echoes the problems Russia has with National Socialists?
Russia taking up the "anti-fascist" fight after "defeating fascism" in Poland in 1939 (splitting it with the Germans), "defeating fascism" in Finland in 1940 (annexing Finnish territory), "defeating fascism" in Georgia in 2008 (taking territory from it), and now volunteering to "defeat fascism" in Ukraine despite the fact that Russia seems to be unable to defeat fascism at home?
That momentum is building in Ukraine's legislature for rearming with nuclear weapons which will ironically be accepting Putin's advice offered on Syria?

Ironically, the notion of reacquiring nuclear weapons as a security guarantee is a position publicly advocated by Putin himself: "If you cannot count on international law, then you must find other ways to ensure your security. ... This is logical: If you have the bomb, no one will touch you." -- Is Ukraine about to go nuclear again?

Most Ukrainians are neither loyal Russians nor fascists

Putin has promoted the notion that ethnic Russians were in danger. There has never been evidence for this unless you count as brutal repression a failed attempt to revive an old law making Ukrainian the sole language for court hearings and government forms. Putin calls for greater autonomy for the south and east of Ukraine, and more rights for Russian-speakers, while doing all he can to obstruct elections that would bring them back into the political process.

No doubt there is more. Do you have an inside scoop? Is it, as I fear, that the US is at fault?

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten