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EMP, Debunked: The Jolt That Could Fry The Cloud
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Charlie Babcock
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9/15/2014 | 3:55:54 PM
Something new to worry about
The 1859 event moved visibility of the Northern Ligfhts far down into the temperate zones and charged the telegraph wires with so much electricity that they sparked at office junctions, creating fires. The coronal mass ejection is an unlikely event to happen in any one part of the world. Nevertheless, the fact that the 1989 one affected the Hydro-Quebeck region so severely as it did should be a warning. Our electronic devices -- and data --  may get knocked out by nature when we least expect it.
D. Henschen
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9/15/2014 | 12:54:22 PM
Re: I'm more concerned about a big earthquake in California
That's not to take anything away from and increadibly well researched and thought-provoking presentation. In fact it's reassuring that you've put the risks and scope of possible impacts in clear and very understandable terms. It makes all those Hollywood doomsday movies seem no more real than "The Blob," one of my all-time favorite '50s B movies. Thanks for covering an off-beat topic.
D. Henschen
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9/15/2014 | 11:59:29 AM
I'm more concerned about a big earthquake in California
On the long list of things we should worry about, I'd say this ranks below the possibility of a significant earthquake disrupting the sizeble tech industry and Internet and cloud infrastructure based in the Silicon Valley and larger San Francisco area. I'm headed out to Oracle Open World and Dreamforce over the next month, so this possiblity is more on my mind than sun spots gone bad.
David F. Carr
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9/15/2014 | 10:10:54 AM
Daybreak debunked?
So do you stand by the use of EMP weapons as a plot device in your Daybreak books? I guess part of the reason it was effective there was you had a story of civilization trying to rebuild from about the level of the telegraph.
Ariella
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9/15/2014 | 9:26:50 AM
Re: clouds at risk
"nd you would really want to own stock in a transformer-building company" Ha, maybe I should look into it. My area lost power after Sandy struck. But some blocks got the power back before others. There was a premature attempt to restore power to one part that resulted in a surge that could be seen as a flash of blue light from about a mile away. 
Ariella
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Ariella,
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9/15/2014 | 9:04:15 AM
clouds at risk
So we can worry less about the clouds frying and direct all our worries to potential data breaches instead.  


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