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View Poll Results: What caused the power outage?
Lightning (sounds like "Pockets of swamp gas" or "A weather balloon" to me..) 3 9.68%
Animal (squirrel, bird, beaver, etc) 4 12.90%
Human Failure 5 16.13%
Machine Failure 9 29.03%
Lovesan 4 12.90%
Act Of God 0 0%
Terrorists 0 0%
None of the avove 6 19.35%
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Old 08-15-2003, 04:37 PM   #1
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Power Outage

What caused it?

What do you think?

My money's on lovsan..


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Old 08-15-2003, 04:41 PM   #2
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Microsoft - everything else is their fault!

Sorry -just wanted to get in there first.
Old 08-15-2003, 04:44 PM   #3
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It occurs to me that lightning IS an act of god.

thus, let's amend the poll to "acts of god OTHER than lightning"

Old 08-15-2003, 04:48 PM   #4
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Just a freakish overload on the grid, that's all... there's no other reason really. It will go unanswered as they should redo the whole grid outline for the USA anyways.. Make it so each state has their own grid or something.. hell, Texas does..
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I think a beaver broke in and switched all the generators off.
When I first saw the title of this thread I thought it would be a poll asking we was affected by the power outage
Old 08-15-2003, 05:41 PM   #6
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Yeah - I figured machine failure - old machinery trying to run truckloads of new personal machinery on a hot summer day - something just went *sproing*.

Second choice is 'It's all MS's fault.'
Old 08-15-2003, 05:56 PM   #7
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What power outage? What cha'all talking about?

Ok forget it, I read the other thread...

No power out here, westcoast rules!

by "no power out here" I of course mean "no power outage out here". I haven't watched tv in days so I had not heard about this. The tv media swarmed on it, didn't they?

Just more rabble rabble rabble

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Old 08-15-2003, 08:38 PM   #8
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Westcoast rules? What are you paying for your electric?
Midwest all the way.
My bad, didn't see where you are from bulliver.

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Old 08-15-2003, 11:33 PM   #9
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Machine Failure ......

It was gonna happen sooner or later...

Now the dumb media is just using it so fill up airtime.

Freakin retards
Old 08-16-2003, 05:05 AM   #10
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i voted machine failure, but whatever it was, it was good to see there were no riots, looting and what not wen the sun went down.
Old 08-16-2003, 07:48 AM   #11
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Okay, here's the evil side of me. The power outage was caused by lazy, obese people that can't stand to NOT have their AC at 68 deg f or risk pass out from heat stroke. It started in the midwest (I'm in Michigan, and trust me, this place is going to sink before California), and new jersey (ever been to a casino?). Just like holding a set of blocks, when you let go of the end ones, the middle justs fall away.

What stopped the crash? One, it's too damn cold further up the NE, no matter what time of year. Second, most people south of ohio don't have AC in their chiminey'd school bus homes. As for further west, lake michigan prevents some natural grid tie-ins, and indiana isn't exactly a hotbed of power usage.

Just kidding...mostly.
Old 08-16-2003, 08:39 AM   #12
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It is always human error, We had our internet go down at work for 5 hours once because some guy in clevelend was working and tripped over a wire and took out internet to about 3 states, he didn't know where the wire went so he just went home and didn't worry about it!

Or We now have our internet in one town we service go down about 4-5 times a day for like one minute, at the same time all the phones and cell phones go down, and they tell us its our upstream provider. Its all human error, if they would just take five minutes to relize they shouldn't have the micawave plugged into the same outlet as the equipment for the oc23 line :-)

Speaking of micawave, at the last place I worked, the head IT guy couldn't figure out why every now and then all the servers would just reboot, they were on battery backup and the battery backup was working fine, he ended up tracing it to someone had plugged a micawave into the battery backup, I guess I can understand, I mean you need to make sure your popcorn can finish even if the power goes out, needless to say he went about 3 feet off the ground when he found that and the best part was my manager was the one that plugged the micawave into the UPS :-)

Its all Human Error, we just like to blame it on the machines, One last thought (or quote as it may be)

Computers always do what you tell them to do but rarely what you want them to do :-)

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Old 08-16-2003, 09:46 AM   #13
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you forgot one option. A burst of charged gas comming from the sun. I'm seriouse. That's what caused an power outage in Canada a few years ago.
Most of the time the sun is pretty quite. But once in 11 years, it bursts a huge amount solar gas into space.

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Old 08-16-2003, 12:02 PM   #14
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Couldn't it be both terrorists and animals?

I mean what if it was a crack team of anti-government badgers, sent by the badger liberation front to spread FUD amongst humans?

I tell ya, I'd be scared...
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Couldn't it be both terrorists and animals?
Terrorist animals: Terrimals


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