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I decided to post a little introduction to myself here: Ask me who I was last March, and I would have had WinBloze 7 Beta on my main computer and would have been part of Micro$uck's test project for WinBloze 7 and would have been excited about it. However, that changed as soon as my network adapter changed and the new one worked with Linux. As soon as I tested the new adapter with Mint (I'd say about a year ago, in July 2009) I began to really value Linux for what it is.

However, I knew about Linux long before that. I started with gOS 2, which was my first distro. I had tried it back in about February 2008. I first learned about Linux back in mid-2007, from an article in PCMag that spanned several pages. I had quite a hard time back then, and Ubuntu Hardy was no different than gOS.

So then what took me so long from knowing about Linux to finally becoming an active user? My house was nothing but Wi-Fi. My mother set a secure wireless network up back then, and I couldn't connect to it because my adapter (Linksys WUSB54GSC) wasn't recognized by Linux. I had the patience to continue.

Then, in June 2008, my family got hit by the economic collapse here in the USA: The mortgage on my old house doubled and my family had to leave because of the rate increase. So, we were stuck in a hotel room until my family and I could end up in a new house. That Christmas, I wanted a netbook, and got my wish (the one I'm typing on, an Acer Aspire One AOA110-1545). It came with Linux preinstalled, and I liked it all around.

From then to June 2009, I still had WinBloze on my desktop, as Linux still didn't work with my wireless network adapter. Then, in June 2009 as I said, I got a new wireless network adapter, and in July decided to test it with Linux Mint 7. It worked, even from the Live CD! Now,

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On killing Apophis...

Posted 06-11-2010 at 06:26 PM by Kenny_Strawn

The asteroid Apophis, named for the Egyptian god of destruction, is a very dangerous one, especially for its projected path. NASA traced its history and projected its future path. They found that it would make a close enough pass to Earth in 2029 to dip below our communications satellites! They also found, after further study, that it would make an even closer pass in 2036, close enough to potentially pass into Earth's atmosphere and out again.

There have been several studies about how to stop asteroids and comets, and they found that the one thing you DON'T want to do is blow it up. That will turn it into a bunch of smaller pieces that could potentially do even more damage. They did talk about using gravity to deflect asteroids and comets, but what if it causes the asteroid to come back later and strike? This is serious matter.

My fear is that even Earth's own gravity could nudge the asteroid on a different path, one that could turn its second pass into a collision. What if such did happen, and the asteroid collided with our oceans? Apophis is nowhere near as large as the one that killed the dinosaurs, but it is three times larger than the Tungutska meteorite that flattened millions of trees in Siberia in 1908. It is capable, if it collides with Earth, to cause a tsunami capable of circumspreading the globe and wiping out all of Earth's coastlines, perhaps to 300 miles inland and up millions of rivers and streams, turning entire plains, coastlines, low hills and valleys into flood zones.

This is my idea: If I had a say in how these methods were carried out, I would make an extremely large hydrogen bomb (something like a Tsar Bomba-type bomb that fits perfectly on a Saturn V-type rocket) and launch it into space. But I wouldn't detonate it right on top of the asteroid. I would do so about 50 miles away, but in the asteroid's path.

By the time the asteroid comes in contact with the bomb, the bomb is already a mushroom cloud. The heat (close to 100 Million F) will immediately vaporize the asteroid, turning it into a bunch of volcanic ash when the rock vapor cools. The ash, unlike the rock, will burn up when it even comes in contact with Earth's atmosphere. This means that we have just prevented a possible impact (or for that matter, hundreds of possible impacts).

How do you fellow forumites think of this idea of incinerating Apophis with a mushroom cloud? What is your opinion? Do you like the idea of the incineration of Apophis with a nuke? Or, do you think that the nuclear fallout from the bomb will cause even more damage to Earth? Please explain your answers.
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    The human race has its pants down.
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