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(BBC)   An electromagnetic pulse bomb sneak attack that would destroy all electronics is "quite likely." EVERYBODY PA   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 195
    More: Scary, satellite navigation systems, rogue states, Ministry of Defence, MPs  
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2012-02-23 09:53:17 AM  
Everybody PArty?
 
2012-02-23 09:54:33 AM  
Everybody Pennsylvania?
 
2012-02-23 09:54:41 AM  
i263.photobucket.com

Bring it on!
 
2012-02-23 09:54:57 AM  
This head line is
 
2012-02-23 09:55:00 AM  
We're in deep Barney
 
2012-02-23 09:56:50 AM  
Was subby in a diner with Journey playing on the radio when he wrote th
 
2012-02-23 09:58:03 AM  
Sorry, but I don't get the j
 
2012-02-23 09:58:45 AM  
This isn't news. I've worked on older military communications equipment, and it was engineered to protect against HAEMP (high-altitude EMP). The modern stuff...not so much.
 
2012-02-23 09:58:49 AM  
You lay on the floor, crying, desperately switching from your phone, to your pad, to your pda, mashing a few buttons on each, crying out in dismay, then trying the next one...

/beautiful
 
2012-02-23 09:59:18 AM  
Hey! I read that bo
 
2012-02-23 09:59:39 AM  
msnbcmedia4.msn.com
/obligatory
 
2012-02-23 10:00:09 AM  
images.cheezburger.com
 
2012-02-23 10:01:08 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-02-23 10:03:14 AM  
I guess getting us all to mention Candlejack would just be too h-
 
2012-02-23 10:03:47 AM  

thelordofcheese: I guess getting us all to mention Candlejack would just be too h-


Who's Candlejack? I don't get the re
 
2012-02-23 10:03:53 AM  
Looks like they've been watching Nat Geo's "Doomsday Preppers."
 
2012-02-23 10:04:24 AM  
I could be missing something, but wouldn't a state or anyone else with the technology to launch a nuclear weapon into space also be at risk from such an attack?
 
2012-02-23 10:04:57 AM  
If a rogue state wants to knock out the UK's power grid, the nuke has to go off over Northern Europe right? I'm not sure that many rogue states have the capacity to send a ballistic missile that far. Iran could do it to Isreal, NK could do it to SK or Japan. Argentina could do it to the Falklands, but I can't see any regional threats to Britain.
 
2012-02-23 10:05:12 AM  
So this headline never got posted because the electronics went out before the submit button could be pr

/hit their electronics with the atomics, Gurney!
 
2012-02-23 10:05:46 AM  

Burr: Was subby in a diner with Journey playing on the radio when he wrote th




Please.....

images.wikia.com

Continue the joke.
 
2012-02-23 10:05:52 AM  
A nuke detonated about 7-10 miles above the ground accomplishes the same thing.
 
2012-02-23 10:06:10 AM  
That's right everyone, be afraid. What's that? You're already afraid? Well you're not afraid enough; everyone could use a little more fear.
 
2012-02-23 10:07:18 AM  
I really wonder what the response would be if somebody (I'm looking at you Iran) were to REALLY set off a nuke (in space or not).

Would we all just try to regroup, and then determine what to do about it...or would we just immediately remove the offending country from the map?

I'd lean toward the latter.
 
2012-02-23 10:07:48 AM  
I would love to install an EMP in my vehicle.

Imagine waiting at a stop-light and the imbecile at the front of the line has his nose buried in his phone, two-finger typing a banal response to an otherwise innocuous text message, paying zero attention to his surroundings. Light turns green and we're waiting... we're waiting... we're waiting...

As I turn my ignition off, I trigger the EMP and "bam", his vehicle is as dead as a doornail. I start my vehicle back up and slowly ease around his new paperweight and wave as I proceed thru the now-yellow light. Thoughtfully wishing him luck finding a mechanic who can fix his stupidity.

/he's just lucky my forward-mounted Gatling guns ran out of ammo at the previous intersection.
 
2012-02-23 10:08:18 AM  
In fact, a strategic nuke strike on a population center or military target always starts with an air burst to knock out power, communications, and to destabilize a civilian population would happen 5 minutes or so before a ground burst
 
2012-02-23 10:10:56 AM  

DontMakeMeComeBackThere: I really wonder what the response would be if somebody (I'm looking at you Iran) were to REALLY set off a nuke (in space or not).

Would we all just try to regroup, and then determine what to do about it...or would we just immediately remove the offending country from the map?

I'd lean toward the latter.


"Use 'em or lose 'em", a popular protocol, so yeah, everybody would empty their silos ASAP.
 
2012-02-23 10:12:00 AM  

PsyLord: [msnbcmedia4.msn.com image 474x230]
/obligatory


That's one of the more immersion-breaking points in the game.
 
2012-02-23 10:13:06 AM  

kcfarker: I would love to install an EMP in my vehicle.

Imagine waiting at a stop-light and the imbecile at the front of the line has his nose buried in his phone, two-finger typing a banal response to an otherwise innocuous text message, paying zero attention to his surroundings. Light turns green and we're waiting... we're waiting... we're waiting...

As I turn my ignition off, I trigger the EMP and "bam", his vehicle is as dead as a doornail. I start my vehicle back up and slowly ease around his new paperweight and wave as I proceed thru the now-yellow light. Thoughtfully wishing him luck finding a mechanic who can fix his stupidity.

/he's just lucky my forward-mounted Gatling guns ran out of ammo at the previous intersection.


Forward-facing Gatlings leave a little too much debris to drive through, I find. Gotta broadside the bastards.
 
2012-02-23 10:13:39 AM  
Got an old computer or any other old electronics that you thought about getting rid of? Build a Faraday cage and store them in there. Periodically back up all computer files to the computer in your Faraday cage. Just be sure to ground your cage!

That being said, anyone know how to ground something like a Faraday cage if you live in an apartment in a big city?
 
2012-02-23 10:13:52 AM  
news.bbcimg.co.uk

I think the big news here is that the UK has developed satellites that work INSIDE THE ATMOSPHERE

Either that or aircraft that have a short, cylindrical body with flat ends and three wings. Unclear if they're spinning.
 
2012-02-23 10:15:10 AM  

kcfarker: I would love to install an EMP in my vehicle.

Imagine waiting at a stop-light and the imbecile at the front of the line has his nose buried in his phone, two-finger typing a banal response to an otherwise innocuous text message, paying zero attention to his surroundings. Light turns green and we're waiting... we're waiting... we're waiting...

As I turn my ignition off, I trigger the EMP and "bam", his vehicle is as dead as a doornail. I start my vehicle back up and slowly ease around his new paperweight and wave as I proceed thru the now-yellow light. Thoughtfully wishing him luck finding a mechanic who can fix his stupidity.

/he's just lucky my forward-mounted Gatling guns ran out of ammo at the previous intersection.


Except for the fact that you killed the car behind you, and the electronics running the traffic light, and your cell phone, and the guy behind you too since he had a pacemaker.
 
2012-02-23 10:15:10 AM  

kcfarker: I would love to install an EMP in my vehicle.

Imagine waiting at a stop-light and the imbecile at the front of the line has his nose buried in his phone, two-finger typing a banal response to an otherwise innocuous text message, paying zero attention to his surroundings. Light turns green and we're waiting... we're waiting... we're waiting...

As I turn my ignition off, I trigger the EMP and "bam", his vehicle is as dead as a doornail. I start my vehicle back up and slowly ease around his new paperweight and wave as I proceed thru the now-yellow light. Thoughtfully wishing him luck finding a mechanic who can fix his stupidity.

/he's just lucky my forward-mounted Gatling guns ran out of ammo at the previous intersection.


or, driving along... blue lights in the rear view... flip the switch... see ya officer.
 
2012-02-23 10:17:17 AM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-02-23 10:18:24 AM  
If I wasn't going off the grid, I'd turn my house into a giant Faraday cage. It's better to just learn to live without electronics.
 
2012-02-23 10:19:04 AM  

The_Original_Roxtar: or, driving along... blue lights in the rear view... flip the switch... see ya officer.


Would that terminate a taser, too?
 
2012-02-23 10:19:06 AM  
news.bbcimg.co.uk

Don't piss it off.
 
2012-02-23 10:19:07 AM  
So, according to the article, I should be afraid these guys are going to put a bomb in the upper atmosphere and detonate it to kill all electronics? That would be great - my kids might actually have time to TALK to me.
 
2012-02-23 10:19:09 AM  
Space weather? Can we get Al Gore to looking into spacial warming? STAT!
 
2012-02-23 10:19:47 AM  
Sorry subby. I don't care what happens, I'm still not getting a Prince Albert.
 
2012-02-23 10:21:08 AM  
Needless to say, the "EMP device" in the Ocean's Eleven remake is a crock of shiat.
 
2012-02-23 10:21:21 AM  
No sopranos references after this many comments? I'
 
2012-02-23 10:21:39 AM  
sounds like the drums of war to me.
 
2012-02-23 10:21:59 AM  

Amos Quito: [news.bbcimg.co.uk image 304x304]

Don't piss it off.


So don't taunt the nuclear furnace monkey?
 
2012-02-23 10:22:11 AM  
I know we've all done this during a lenghty power outage...gotten bored...got up and turned the TV on...and did the mental faceplam. "Oh, that's right these TV things ALSO work on electricity!!!"

But not to worry folks, it's not like Obama canceled that missile defense program that could have blown these things up before they exploded in space.
 
2012-02-23 10:22:16 AM  
I haz a nucular device I can:
1) blow up a city, cause fall out, and knock out nearby unshielded electronics while not having to develop a rocket and give away a launch site
2) develop a launch system, fire it into space, and blow it up above a target to knock out their electronics while also painting a giant HERE I AM COME AND KILL ME sign

hmmm......
 
2012-02-23 10:23:53 AM  

crispyone: I know we've all done this during a lenghty power outage...gotten bored...got up and turned the TV on...and did the mental faceplam. "Oh, that's right these TV things ALSO work on electricity!!!"

But not to worry folks, it's not like Obama canceled that missile defense program that could have blown these things up before they exploded in space.


The missile defense program is a waste of time and military resources.
 
2012-02-23 10:24:01 AM  
I'm not the tinfoil type, but let's explore what would be needed to preserve your electronics at home.

I've got a closet full of computers that I don't use and drawers full of out of date routers, cell phones both dumb and "smart" and these things are basically of no use to me today.

But if an EMP destroyed all of the electronics in my state, suddenly having old routers and computers around would be a great thing, even if the technology is 5 years old.

So just how much lead would be required to make a lead-lined electronics storage safe/closet? An inch of lead? A foot of lead? Lead costs about a dollar per pound so it's not cheap (a 2 inch lead ball would weigh 1.7lbs).

Thoughts?
 
2012-02-23 10:24:10 AM  

kcfarker: /he's just lucky my forward-mounted Gatling guns ran out of ammo at the previous intersection.


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2012-02-23 10:25:17 AM  

Too Pretty For Prison: So, according to the article, I should be afraid these guys are going to put a bomb in the upper atmosphere and detonate it to kill all electronics? That would be great - my kids might actually have time to TALK to me.


No Wii or DS? Guess what kids! You WILL play 'Settlers of Catan' and /or "Dominion" and you WILL LIKE IT! Ha-HA!

Wait, no "Skyrim" or Internet?

*goes cries in corner*
 
2012-02-23 10:25:17 AM  

Civil Discourse: I could be missing something, but wouldn't a state or anyone else with the technology to launch a nuclear weapon into space also be at risk from such an attack?


seems like MAD would be an effective deterent against any country with enough tech to launch a nuclear weapon into orbit, no matter how "rogue" they are.

/glass parking lot, etc
 
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