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LHC Shut Down By Transformer Malfunction

timothy posted more than 6 years ago | from the it's-only-broken-if-you-look dept.

Science 293

Ortega-Starfire writes "A 30-ton transformer in the Large Hadron Collider malfunctioned, requiring complete replacement on the day the LHC came online. No one at CERN reported any problems, and they only released this data once the Associated Press sent people to investigate rumors of problems. I guess it's hard to just sweep a 30-ton transformer breaking under the rug."

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Transformers... (5, Funny)

LynnwoodRooster (966895) | more than 6 years ago | (#25064707)

More than meets the eye! I guess the Decepticons don't want us to advance our knowledge!

Re:Transformers... (2, Funny)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 6 years ago | (#25064729)

They're going to use the LHC to make energy cubes.

But of course, you already knew that.

Re:Transformers... (5, Funny)

inode_buddha (576844) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065063)

In deference to relativity, perhaps they are exploring another aspect of this? [timecube.com]

Re:Transformers... (2, Funny)

CSMatt (1175471) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065779)

Seems more like an exploration of this. [uncyclopedia.org]

Re:Transformers... (4, Informative)

JungleBoy (7578) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065205)

They're going to use the LHC to make energon cubes.

There, fixed that for you. Also, turn in your geen badge.

Re:Transformers... (4, Insightful)

RockoTDF (1042780) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065773)

There, fixed that for you. Also, turn in your geek badge.

Fixed.

Re:Transformers... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25065795)

There, fixed that for you. Also, turn in your geek badge.

There, fixed that for you. Also, turn in your English homework.

Re:Transformers... (1)

SonicEarth (1246632) | more than 6 years ago | (#25064775)

It probably divided by zero.

Re:Transformers... (1)

antek9 (305362) | more than 6 years ago | (#25064879)

No, because in undivided Soviet Switzerland, transformers are zeroed by probability. Other sources confirm that the 30-ton device was completely lost, but at least it successfully filled and collapsed the 'really tiny' black hole that appeared within the LHC 'for no apparent reason', officials said.

Re:Transformers... (-1, Offtopic)

philspear (1142299) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065011)

It was the autobots trying to save us from the destruction of the earth! The decepticon is the LCH, which is really the Colliditron.

Made in China - not good a thing anymore? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25065031)

I always thought - and still do - that Made in China was a good thing. Am I wrong for thinking this?

morethanmeetstheeye (4, Funny)

workbench (875813) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065119)

I used to come to slashdot for the summaries. Then the community grew and it was the comments that drew me here. But now, I just come for the tags.

You folks crack me up.

Re:morethanmeetstheeye (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25065255)

I have been bestowed with mod points almost continuously for the past month(5 or 6 times anyways). Sadly, since I don't mod down, I have barely used them since the comment quality is nearing that of digg... Someone say something insightful PLEASE!

Re:morethanmeetstheeye (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25065291)

Something insightful.

Re:morethanmeetstheeye (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25065319)

something insightful PLEASE

A Transformer? (4, Funny)

hemp (36945) | more than 6 years ago | (#25064709)

I bet it was Omegatron!

Re:A Transformer? (3, Informative)

fyoder (857358) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065505)

I think it was Gary Seven [wikipedia.org] saving our butts once more.

Re:A Transformer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25065755)

I'll blame it on Sarah & John Conor...

Obligatory: (0, Redundant)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 6 years ago | (#25064719)

No, it's a trap!

3rd post (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25064725)

or should I say "turd post". I just took a massive shit. I named it Barack.

Re:3rd post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25064931)

Barack Obama is only half nigger you racist cocksucker.

Dead 30 ton transformer? (3, Funny)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 6 years ago | (#25064737)

I TOLD YOU! Why wouldn't anyone listen? See what happens when the LHC opened a warp hole to Cybertron? Now they'll come back for vengeance, and they won't care if they're autobot or decepticon, for this dispicable act. They'll know that I stood against the LHC, and they'll ensure that I have a place in rounding up you for work in their salt mines. I for one welcome our robotic overlords.

Re:Dead 30 ton transformer? (3, Funny)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 6 years ago | (#25064779)

If it's any help, I swept Optimus Prime under a rug in three hours. No biggie.

Re:Dead 30 ton transformer? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25064867)

Really. What is the worst thing [youtube.com] that could happen when a large oil cooled transformer fails?

Soylent Energon... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25065345)

Soylent Energon... IS PEOPLE!

GORDON! (4, Funny)

Kingrames (858416) | more than 6 years ago | (#25064759)

Gordon, what have you done?!?!?!

Re:GORDON! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25065069)

Re:GORDON! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25065591)

Is it just me, or does the guy in the in the 2nd link look photoshopped?

Re:GORDON! (2, Funny)

caladine (1290184) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065739)

They're waiting for you, in the test chamber.

Why the tone in the summary? (5, Insightful)

hairykrishna (740240) | more than 6 years ago | (#25064777)

The summary reads like it's some kind of attempted cover up. Maybe it's because they thought that an equipment failure wasn't exactly news? The little accelerator I use has been down for a week because of a borked turbo pump. Should I phone Reuters?

It's a big, complicated machine - shit breaks. It gets fixed. I wouldn't worry about it unless you're waiting for beam time.

Re:Why the tone in the summary? (5, Funny)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 6 years ago | (#25064805)

I appreciate the fact that they have set up some live web cams [cyriak.co.uk] so you can see what's going on at the facility.

Re:Why the tone in the summary? (1)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065275)

That's just GOLD!

Re:Why the tone in the summary? (1)

jadedoto (1242580) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065369)

Golly that amazing!

Re:Why the tone in the summary? (1)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065003)

Um, wow. Where do I start?

A) This isn't just some ordinary big, complicated machine. That should be obvious. For example, there was a huge hurrah when it launched.

B) It has been down longer than it was up. By a factor of what, 3? In fact, it took them longer to draft a press release than the thing was up. It probably took longer to coordinate the big fanfare mentioned above than it was up. This is noteworthy.

C) Isn't this the controversial machine that may or may not destroy the planet itself? Doesn't that kind of debate set the stage for transparency? I think the assumption is, 'if we have nothing to fear, what do you have to hide'? It seems reasonable to me.

D) THOUSANDS have contributed BILLIONS from across the globe. The damn thing better be worth it, and when it breaks it damn well better be fixed pronto. Otherwise, 'what a colossal waste', right?

In short, I don't really think this has much in common with your 'little accelerator' at all.

Re:Why the tone in the summary? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25065201)

You've clearly never participated in any big launch of a technology. Heck, if software project first demos went as well as the LHC's, developers would be ecstasic.

Re:Why the tone in the summary? (1)

PC and Sony Fanboy (1248258) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065335)

In short, I don't really think this has much in common with your 'little accelerator' at all.

... actually, if you have 'little' problems with a 'little' accelerator, why would you expect 'little' to 'none' problems with a BIG accelerator?

Besides, if it was a big deal, they would have made it a big deal. As it stands, it is only being fixed because it could become a PR headache - not because it is a big deal.

Re:Why the tone in the summary? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25065377)

Way to buy into the hype.

In short, you are a moron.

Re:Why the tone in the summary? (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25065389)

a) Yes, it is a big complicated machine, things will break, this device barely impacted the overall schedule at all. People have been working on this project for about 2 decades. A week or two isn't in the least bit significant.

b) If this had happened say, 5 years from now, this point would be as irrelevant as it is now. And as noteworthy.

c) Cosmic rays interact in our atmosphere in the PeV range (Peta Electron Volt), the LHC smashes particles together in the 14 TeV (Tera Electron Volt). Sooo.... it operates at energy levels an order of magnitude less than what currently happens on Earth... I don't know about you, but I feel pretty safe about the whole thing.

d) They did fix it pronto, and it does work. Little things break, I know where I work (a not so little accelerator) I didn't hear a PEEP about this incident and we have been directly and closely involved in the LHC.

In short, I agree with hairykrishna, this isn't really news. Just another instance of the media trying to make a big deal out of something small.

Re:Why the tone in the summary? (1)

peezawaki (1340641) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065801)

So I'm not a scientist -journalist way- I want to see that stuff won't break our planet, but; are that cosmic rays measures right? It was just an "woow" cypher? Okay, we're not slashed with solar rays but are they always mantaining a PeV energy? Won't we broke the ying yang, the equilibrium creating one more higgs boson? Yay, scientists have facts, but the rest of people will have questions. Always. Make a new religion, for pasatafari's sake! It's another stage. First scientists played with its life (Galileo, Curie, Tesla...). Now they play with whole universe. That's a big deal! Just a reflexion from a drunk litteracy spaniard. greetz!

Re:Why the tone in the summary? (5, Insightful)

coldkryten (1244618) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065483)

Isn't this the controversial machine that may or may not destroy the planet itself?

Goddammit NO. It's the machine that will not destroy the planet, but some controversial people have done a damn good job of spreading rumors that it will. The point of the LHC is to re-create events that occur everywhere in the universe all the time, including here on earth. It's just not practical to put 50' diameter detectors hanging in the upper atmosphere and wait for a particle collision to happen inside of one.

Re:Why the tone in the summary? (1)

RiotingPacifist (1228016) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065601)

A & B) thats why they are just testing it now, this isnt even going to affect the schedule they're on much.
C) No there are some nut-jobs but, meh ( i mean somebodies got to vote for palin)
D) Actually it was mainly paid for by a few governments. if your referring to the work scientists have put in, then Im sure they would rather this stuff came out in the testing & calibration than getting a bad dataset at the end

I very much doubt his little accelerator is just for decoration, not all research is done at CERN but given that you spend much more time analysis the data than generating it his point was that a couple of weeks downtime doesn't mean much to high energy physicists.

*I'm sure theres a vista joke in that last paragraph somewhere, if only i could smash it into another paragraph and see what came out

Re:Why the tone in the summary? (5, Funny)

Screaming Cactus (1230848) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065347)

They're not trying to cover up a broken transformer - they're trying to cover up the tiny black hole that formed in the transformers, and is growing exponentially.

Re:Why the tone in the summary? (1)

Jaktar (975138) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065837)

The summary also infers that the transformer somehow directly cools the LHC. While you can create a cooling via the Peltier effect, from what I have read they use super-fluid Helium in some sort of standard refrigeration cycle. I'm sure that for the type of cooling they need, they just didn't have the power via other means to run their reefers at full capacity.

I agree, this is hardly news.

Not the end of the world... (2, Interesting)

Iamthecheese (1264298) | more than 6 years ago | (#25064783)

yet. Now I have another chance to try all of those world ending pickup lines! Actually, I really should get religious. If I were religious, I could celebrate an end-of-the-world day every day!

Can one of you physicists tell me how 4.5 Kelvin is different from 2 Kelvin, operationally?

Re:Not the end of the world... (4, Informative)

geekgirlandrea (1148779) | more than 6 years ago | (#25064883)

Can one of you physicists tell me how 4.5 Kelvin is different from 2 Kelvin, operationally?

At 2 K, adding a given amount of energy makes the entropy of the system go up 2.25 times as much as it would at 4.5 K. :)

Re:Not the end of the world... (4, Funny)

OneIfByLan (1341287) | more than 6 years ago | (#25064913)

Lipstick.

Re:Not the end of the world... (1)

MagicM (85041) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065499)

You posted that in the wrong thread. Let me help you.

Just in case anyone else misread the headline, there's a vas deferens between the Large Hadron Collider and the Large Hardon Collider.

Lipstick.

Re:Not the end of the world... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25064997)

Can one of you physicists tell me how 4.5 Kelvin is different from 2 Kelvin, operationally?

It's hotter.

Blackhole malfunction (1)

backslashdot (95548) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065195)

Thank God it wasn't a blackhole malfunction.

Or rather, thank the God particle.

Re:Not the end of the world... (4, Informative)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065331)

Well, I haven't the faintest idea how the damn thing is cooled, but helium becomes superfliud at 2.17K (iirc). It effectively loses all of its viscosity and becomes far more thermally conductive. At 2K its a superfluid, at 4.5K its not. Cool stuff, but I don't know if it matters, I don't know squat about the LHC. (see what you get for asking a question on /.?)

Re:Not the end of the world... (1)

PC and Sony Fanboy (1248258) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065351)

Can one of you physicists tell me how 4.5 Kelvin is different from 2 Kelvin, operationally?

IANAP, but I'm sure that it makes a really big difference at a really small level.

Hope that clears things up for you.

Re:Not the end of the world... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25065431)

I modded you up due to the proper use of the subjunctive case. Cheers.

Re:Not the end of the world... (5, Informative)

Laguerre (1198383) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065631)

Can one of you physicists tell me how 4.5 Kelvin is different from 2 Kelvin, operationally?

The magnets they use to shape and steer the beam require about 12,000 amps, so they use superconductors. Between 2K and 4.5K, the superconductor undergoes a phase change and becomes non-superconducting, and the resistance goes from zero to not zero all of a sudden. The 12,000 amps suddenly produces an incredible amount of heat (P=I^2R) which drastically increases the pressure from the liquid He. That much pressure means the He needs to escape (violently), causing all sorts of trouble. It's called a 'quench.'

Hey! What's that.... (1)

actionbastard (1206160) | more than 6 years ago | (#25064789)

BZZZZZT! BAM! Crackle...
Merd!

sweep a 30-ton transformer breaking under the rug? (5, Funny)

jcnnghm (538570) | more than 6 years ago | (#25064793)

It would be hard to sweep a 30-ton transformer under a rug, unless there is a black hole under said rug.

Re:sweep a 30-ton transformer breaking under the r (-1, Redundant)

nganju (821034) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065047)

Given that this is the LHC, we might be able to accommodate you there.

Re:sweep a 30-ton transformer breaking under the r (5, Funny)

Alwin Henseler (640539) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065097)

True, but if they're real scientists they'd figure out it's easier to sweep the black hole under the 30-ton transformer. When done, cover up with rug.

Re:sweep a 30-ton transformer breaking under the r (4, Funny)

jmichaelg (148257) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065149)

I don't know how you do it. It never works for me.

  I could've sworn I left my favorite rug on top of the black hole in the living room the other day but, crazy as it sounds, it seems to have just disappeared. I'd swear on a stack of bibles that's where I left the dang thing and you know it didn't just grow legs and walk out of the house.
 

Re:sweep a 30-ton transformer breaking under the r (1)

crispin_bollocks (1144567) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065691)

Shh, nobody's supposed to know about the Roomba Death Star

One transformer down... (5, Funny)

mikiN (75494) | more than 6 years ago | (#25064801)

several to go.

Well ALICE, let's see how deep the budget hole goes...

Re:One transformer down... (1)

eclectro (227083) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065699)

It must be pretty deep. Maybe when she climbs down there, she will find the 10,000 ton cracked magnet stored there. [slashdot.org]

Obligatory blackhole joke... (0, Redundant)

xaoslaad (590527) | more than 6 years ago | (#25064861)

It wasn't swept under the rug, it was sucked into the blackhole!

Oh hey (0, Redundant)

kjzk (1097265) | more than 6 years ago | (#25064865)

A black hole ate it.

Of course. (1)

Hawthorne01 (575586) | more than 6 years ago | (#25064891)

Everybody knows that GoBots [wikipedia.org] are better than Transformers.

Re:Of course. (1)

db32 (862117) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065577)

Pft. Those are the K-mart Transformers.

Reminder (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25064893)

Just in case anyone else misread the headline, there's a vas deferens between the Large Hadron Collider and the Large Hardon Collider.

Re:Reminder (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25064909)

Wait a second - that's actually funny.

Re:Reminder (5, Funny)

evanbd (210358) | more than 6 years ago | (#25064995)

You know, this is slashdot. The least you could do is provide a link [largehardoncollider.com] .

Re:Reminder (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25065109)

I've been misreading it for months... Damn scientists...

Re:Reminder (1)

swilde23 (874551) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065339)

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

I have a degree in electrical engineering... (3, Funny)

RobinH (124750) | more than 6 years ago | (#25064957)

...and I didn't realize the standard measurement for transformers had been changed to tons. Must be a European measurement?

I think kVA or MVA would be a better statistic.

Not Everyone Has That Degree (2, Insightful)

Kneo24 (688412) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065021)

Well that's great that you have that degree, but not everyone does. To people who aren't too familiar with that area of study or work, saying "30 tons" paints a much better picture in the reader's minds.

Re:Not Everyone Has That Degree (3, Funny)

Caboosian (1096069) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065077)

Promoting ignorance: A cause we can all get behind!

Re:Not Everyone Has That Degree (1)

Kneo24 (688412) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065127)

Because obviously every person should spend every spare moment posting on slashdot, and learning everything there is to know about anything.

Re:Not Everyone Has That Degree (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25065451)

Especially if you want to scare the ignorant.

Re:Not Everyone Has That Degree (1)

leonardluen (211265) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065455)

Agreed, telling people it is 30 tons lets them know it isn't as simple as changing a light bulb. Telling them that the transformer is rated for a certain electrical rating doesn't in anyway indicate that it is likely the size of a house.

A mechnical engineer wrote the story... (2, Funny)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065285)

..he just assumed that something which might be involved with cooling must be rated in the amount of ice it can create in a day.

Re:I have a degree in electrical engineering... (5, Insightful)

tukkayoot (528280) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065391)

It's a fairly standard measurement for mass, though. Transformers have mass, so it's perfectly applicable, especially when you are trying to underscore the massiveness of the piece of equipment in question, rather than its functional capability. If the person writing the article/summary wanted to underscore the cost of the unit, he might have measured it in US dollars. That's what journalists do: describe things in terms their readers might understand or care about. And most of their readers aren't pedantic electrical engineers.

The System Works (2, Informative)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065005)

They knew this was a hazard going in (temp rising), they talked about the possibility before the first trials and they successfully designed systems to shutdown before causing damage. This is just part of the sea trials of the particle pirate's new ship.

I don't really think CERN owe the media any favors (5, Insightful)

sleeponthemic (1253494) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065015)

What with, you know, most of the world's population thinking that day was the critical "black-hole" day.

Whilst I'm sure that is beneficial for CERN in the context that most people will be completely unaware on the day that full speed collisions are truly started, I do not for one moment think the media had that intention. A publicised failure would only serve to increase people's prejudice.

Is the speed of light slower near Lyons (5, Funny)

bornwaysouth (1138751) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065019)

The transformer failure is just one of those things. But, according to the article..

After it was started up Sept. 10, scientists circled a beam of protons in a clockwise direction at the speed of light. They shut that down, then turned on a counterclockwise beam.

Now, accelerating a proton to the speed of light seems to me impossible, given that they are in a vacuum. But if they can do that, then the other interpretation is possible. It was the scientists who were circling at the speed of light, round say, a little beaker of protons. I'd like to commend whoever shut them down, then anti-beamed them to restore reality.

Re:Is the speed of light slower near Lyons (1)

infonography (566403) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065247)

.....

Now, accelerating a proton to the speed of light seems to me impossible, given that they are in a vacuum. But if they can do that, then the other interpretation is possible. It was the scientists who were circling at the speed of light, round say, a little beaker of protons. I'd like to commend whoever shut them down, then anti-beamed them to restore reality.

I get the same result at full light speed by placing light bulbs at either end of a system of tubes.

Sadly reality isn't what it used to be.

Re:Is the speed of light slower near Lyons (1, Interesting)

glitch23 (557124) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065399)

Now, accelerating a proton to the speed of light seems to me impossible, given that they are in a vacuum.

I'm not a physicist but I do read some of the layman cosmology and theoretical physics books when I can so maybe I'm still missing something but exactly why does that seem impossible? Having a vacuum actually makes it easier due to no wind resistance if we were talking about an object big enough for wind resistance to matter. They are using magnets to accelerate the particles so I'm not getting why you are questioning the possibility of what they did. Unfortunately no one else questioned you yet for me to share in your answer with them so I had to be the first to ask.

Not News and News (4, Insightful)

DynaSoar (714234) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065085)

If you read TFA, you discover that it, but not the provided summary on /., says it was news to nobody in the field that something broke. What's not said here, but said in TFA and far more worthy of mention, is that they replaced it and were running again the next day, well before AP even inquired. Falling prey to the cheap journalistic gimmick of awfulism, are we?

Re:Not News and News (2, Insightful)

Rhesusmonkey (1028378) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065229)

But without sensationalism and misrepresentation, what would we have to wring our hands over???

You want some really interesting discussion, hunt down gorilla199's youtube account. "Satan's stargate"... now THAT's entertainm...I mean information. ROFL...

off topic... (0)

bilbo909 (974603) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065135)

hmmm, black hole under rug.... what an ingenious way to solve the world's pollution problem!!! we'd only need a small one really. we could even set them up beside every MacDonald's in the world just to remind the fat slobs where to put their garbage. i'm liking this LHC more and more.

huh ? (1)

brucellin0 (899459) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065157)

I don't get it ... we have beam, how can the LHC be "shut down" ? who cares if there was a short downtime

Transformer Failure (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25065297)

Transformers are usually considered very stable electrical equipment, given that they have no moving parts. The only way a transformer that passed factory inspection should fail is if there was a short circuit and the current in the windings exceeded the temporary overload rating. Of course any number of errors COULD have ocrrured, but the most obvious (insufficient electrical clearance, insufficient cooling, cracked power bushings, etc.) should have been found before it left the manufacturer. Maybe the contractor didn't size the unit properly?

Re:Transformer Failure (1)

Skapare (16644) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065513)

Actually, a great many of those kinds of problems happen during delivery and installation. Normally such transformers undergo certain tests during the installation. Many transformers also have their coolant added during installation. And it could have been damaged by one of those little black holes flying out at near light speed.

Who put Homer Simpson in the power control room? (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065303)

Who put Homer Simpson in the power control room?

Re:Who put Homer Simpson in the power control room (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25065599)

"It's my first day!"

So how much time do we have now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25065309)

If I remember correctly, the human race had 4 weeks till the end of the world, dos this malfunction implies a delay in the end of the world?

Slashdot- your source for yellow (tech) journalism (3, Insightful)

EjectButton (618561) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065343)

For those who only read the "summary" (I use this term loosely) and aren't familiar with the LHC you may be surprised to learn that:
this is not a major failure
there is no sinister cover-up
no one was ever in any danger

Thanks for some more fear-mongering doomsday garbage "news" Slashdot. The purpose of editors, at least for non-tabloid news sources, is to filter factually inaccurate and inflammatory nonsense, not seek it out.

they deserve a break (3, Funny)

Digitus1337 (671442) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065421)

Being able to MacGyver that thing at all without a DHD is impressive, let's not be so hard on them.

New name for the Black Hole in the transformer (-1, Flamebait)

zymano (581466) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065495)

Obama. That sucking noise is all our money for his programs and the defaults from Democratic helmed Fannie Mae crisis.

everything made by man fails (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25065685)

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RMA? (1)

chekk4 (1367067) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065705)

I hope it was under warranty. "Fedex? I've got a package for you..."

I Hope... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#25065771)

...they bought the extended protection plan.

I hope they recycle that copper (1)

Locutus (9039) | more than 6 years ago | (#25065825)

Copper is getting expensive enough these days without a 30 ton xformer blowing every time they turn that beast on. ;-/

LoB

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