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EMP

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by jackd, Apr 2, 2006.

  1. jackd

    jackd Megabyte Poster

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    EMP Electro Magnetic Pulse. I have just been watching a program on tv about computers throught the ages. At the end they were talking about EMP. If someone depolyed a emp at 6,000 miles above the earth all computers (and basically everything that contains a microchip) would stop working. And would never work again.

    Wouldnt that day be horrible?
     
  2. zimbo
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    LOL no mate that day would be when earth ran dry of beer! :cry:
     
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  3. jackd

    jackd Megabyte Poster

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    Your right that would be a bad day to
     
  4. juice142

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    There would still be beer.

    Priorities Gentlemen, please! :beers2

    J.
     
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  5. nugget
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    Not if the EMP day came. Can you imagine what 200 million people would do instead of using their PC's? Drink beer of course.:D
     
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  6. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Would the Fridges still work? - Just thinking of the beer! :biggrin
     
  7. jackd

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    The fridges may work if they are old. BUT BEWARE new fridges do contain microchips so they WONT work
     
  8. supag33k

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    Lets put some real science back into this thread...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electromagnetic_pulse

    ...as you can see you have to have frightfully large bomb to begin with - so better off using explosive effects.

    Interestingly the Gamma radiation sphere causing the EMP pulse can be enhanced by the configuration of a nuclear weapon though I cannot find the link for it at the moment...

    Then theres the neutron bomb to consider....
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutron_bomb

    Also if you wrap a large amount of Iron around a nuclear device you can create a very powerful one time use Xray laser.

    Glad to see the Cold War did not hot up....I need my beer fridge :biggrin
     
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  9. JonnyMX

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    I was in a nuclear bunker once (don't ask).
    They have a mesh of steel rods (about an inch in diameter) embedded in the walls. It's supposed to act like a Faraday cage http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faraday_cage which would protect the system in case of EMP.
    It's not a terribly advanced solution, but is more useful than an anti-static wrist strap if a bomb goes off over your head.

    Current thinking goes that actually setting a bomb off it the upper atmosphere would do more damage than setting it off on the ground. But I know nothing of these things.
    So stop tapping my phone.
     
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  10. r.h.lee

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    No worries mate. We blokes downunder have come up with an ingenious devoice called the "Coolgardie Safe." It doesn't need no bloomin' electricity mate. It just needs water. Check it out at the following link mate. :)

    http://www.ypct.com.au/features/power.html
     
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  11. JonnyMX

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    It just doesn't show the three desk fans required to get the necessary breeze going...
     
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  12. juice142

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    If there's no breeze you have to blow on it. That's how the didgeridoo got invented. :rolleyes:

    J.
     
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