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Re: [SLE] Dead Linux machines
  • From: Mark Gray <markgray-temp-1117739497@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: 05 Jul 2005 11:33:49 -0400
  • Message-id: <6sekadclnm.fsf@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Damon Register <damon.w.register@xxxxxxxx> writes:

> Mark Gray wrote:
>> (But I tend to agree with the gent who suggested that if an EMP
>> producing device is set off near you, the death of your computers is
>> the least of your worries.)

> Sounds reasonable. In addition to this thought, another has crossed
> my mind: while being concerned about potential problems is good, is
> it possible that this might be compared to Y2K? Before that there
> were those who thought the world would come to an end, that all our
> technology would die and life would come to a halt. While there were
> some minor glitches, life went on. I got up the next day and my PC
> with SuSE 6.3 was still working :-).

One of my PC's refused to boot on January 1, 2000 because of a bios
bug (I had to set the date and time to the last century in the bios,
boot Linux, and then set the date and time to the correct century
using Linux.)

EMP is like Y2K in so much as critical systems should be examined and
protected against it, but my point was that if an EMP producing device
is successfully employed against you, your future is totally f'ed up
with or without computers. (So I am not going to worry about what
happens to any of my computers, or anyone else's computers (unless
they pay me a whole lot of money to do so :-)).


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