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its because the olympics are over (5, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311192)

it was really screwing up gravity in canada, so cern was nice enough to demure to the ioc's request and shut off the lhc during the winter olympics

now canadians will have to get used to floating around again

on the plus side their compasses should work again

Re:its because the olympics are over (4, Funny)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311218)

on the plus side their compasses should work again

Seeing that the north magnetic pole is in Canada I doubt compasses there work like the do elsewhere. Magnetic deviation over that country must be ... significant.

Re:its because the olympics are over (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31311434)

There are some attractive poles on the curling team.

Re:its because the olympics are over (4, Interesting)

m.ducharme (1082683) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311584)

If you're curious, here's some info on the magnetic declination in Canada. Scroll down for images. Last time I checked there was a significant change in declination from one year to the next. Government of Canada [nrcan.gc.ca]

Re:its because the olympics are over (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311722)

If you're curious, here's some info on the magnetic declination in Canada. Scroll down for images. Last time I checked there was a significant change in declination from one year to the next. Government of Canada [nrcan.gc.ca]

Wow. Thats enough to give me serious doubts about relying on a magnetic compass in the bush.

Re:its because the olympics are over (5, Funny)

darth dickinson (169021) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311770)

It you have to use a compass in the bush, then maybe she needs to shave...

Re:its because the olympics are over (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#31313246)

It you have to use a compass in the bush, then maybe she needs to shave...

I'm more a protractor and set circle man myself.

Re:its because the olympics are over (3, Informative)

m.ducharme (1082683) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311794)

It's not too bad, if you're not covering a lot of distance in a short time, and it's better the farther south you are. Just check the chart and adjust your compass for the declination before you go, and periodically if you're on a long trip.

Of course if you're in the Canadian Shield you also have to contend with magnetite deposits, which can be a much bigger hassle than the declination variance. A compass is still useful in the bush, but it should be one tool among many in your toolkit.

Re:its because the olympics are over (1)

skine (1524819) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311956)

Ah, the joys of teaching.

It's (relatively) simple to get a student to use a formula. It's difficult to get them to realize when their answer makes no sense. (For example, a correlation coefficient that is not between -1 and 1)

Basically, a compass can be used on its own with great accuracy, but if you see the sun rise in the "west," then it's not the compass' fault.

Re:its because the olympics are over (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31312306)

Venus? I knew I should've made that left turn at Albuquerque!

Re:its because the olympics are over (1)

realityimpaired (1668397) | more than 4 years ago | (#31314644)

That's why every printed map that's actually intended to be used for that kind of thing has three vital pieces of information on them: the declination, the annual rate of change, and the year the map was printed. With those, and the knowledge that the map will always be printed to show true north, it's pretty easy to adjust the bearing you want to take for what the compass will show.

Re:its because the olympics are over (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311984)

If you're curious, here's some info on the magnetic declination in Canada. Scroll down for images. Last time I checked there was a significant change in declination from one year to the next. Government of Canada

When I started learning to fly, I saw the effect of the change when all of a sudden we had to use the new variation (and it became something that people checked you on). And some runways had to be remarked because the change in variation changed their runway numbers.

Once you hit the territories, everything is done with respect to true north - magnetic compasses are just too unreliable. Easier nowadays with GPS, but still.

Re:its because the olympics are over (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#31312774)

Here in Australia magnetic declination is almost always 11 degrees and QNH changes every couple of days.

Re:its because the olympics are over (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311896)

But they made an embarrassing mistake and accelerated a luge racer instead of particles.

Re:its because the olympics are over (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31312552)

But they made an embarrassing mistake and accelerated a luge racer instead of particles.

I call bad taste on that one...

Re:its because the olympics are over (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31313552)

too soon! too soon!

Re:its because the olympics are over (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 4 years ago | (#31314070)

No. The south magnetic pole is in Canada. That's why the north pole of a magnet needle will point in that direction.

Re:its because the olympics are over (5, Funny)

selven (1556643) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311298)

Maybe Canada paid them to have the puck gravitate over to the US's net for the hockey game.

Re:its because the olympics are over (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31314568)

who needs anti-gravity devices when you own the refs?

Re:its because the olympics are over (1)

damien_kane (519267) | more than 4 years ago | (#31319570)

The refs were all American NHL refs.

They were also highly biased towards knocking Canada out before the US had to play us in the gold-medal game.
This is further evidenced by the amount of penalties called against the Canadian teams (mens and womens, in any of our games, not just vs. the US) in comparison to the lack of penalties called against the other teams (often times for more serious offences).

Re:its because the olympics are over (1, Troll)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311530)

Actually, I can see some group of people benefiting from the LHC being shut down until recently.

A buddy of mine, who lived many years ago in Geneva, shared with me how the electricity there was noticeably below specs (voltage-wise) every time the previous CERN accelerator was online. Who knows whether or not that changed. But until recently it was quite cold in most of Europe...

Re:its because the olympics are over (1)

keeboo (724305) | more than 4 years ago | (#31312368)

Actually, I can see some group of people benefiting from the LHC being shut down until recently.

A buddy of mine, who lived many years ago in Geneva, shared with me how the electricity there was noticeably below specs (voltage-wise) every time the previous CERN accelerator was online. Who knows whether or not that changed. But until recently it was quite cold in most of Europe...

No biggie.

Now, if you measure the power frequency and it drops to ~40Hz and the days seem longer than usual, then start to worry.

Re:its because the olympics are over (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 4 years ago | (#31314190)

So you are suggesting that the voltage of the grid determines the temperature?

Re:its because the olympics are over (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#31318202)

I'm suggesting that in low temperatures it's beneficial to have your grid operating as smoothly as possible.

Re:its because the olympics are over (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 4 years ago | (#31319216)

I'm pretty sure the pumps also work well at slightly reduced voltage.

Besides that, keeping the specified voltage is the job of the power company, not of CERN. It's not as if CERN suddenly appeared, or that the energy consumption of CERN wasn't known from the beginning.

Re:its because the olympics are over (-1, Offtopic)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311544)

on the plus side their compasses should work again

Canadian compasses work by gravity? That explains a lot.

In a related note, I was snowed in part of the weekend and watched the last season of Trailer Park Boys and then the last Trailer Park Boys movie.

I feel as though I now have a better understanding of the culture of our neighbors to the North. [note: for those of you Canadians using gravity-based compasses, that means you're the ones closer to where Santa Claus lives]

But congratulations on your great hockey victory tonight. Is it true that the Canadian Women's Hockey team was made up of the best-looking women in Canada? I heard that rumor (or "rumour") in the bar earlier today while I was watching the hockey game, and I thought I'd check it with you.

Re:its because the olympics are over (0, Offtopic)

abigor (540274) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311806)

No, of course not. What's sad is that the Americans who started this rumour weren't joking around, as those were the thinnest women they'd ever seen.

Re:its because the olympics are over (0, Offtopic)

mederbil (1756400) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311616)

Sounds a little like our (Canadian) parliament. Pro-rogued for about the same time for the same reason.

Half Power (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31311214)

Because they are half-wits.

Re:Half Power (1)

pookemon (909195) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311358)

Actually it's half power or less. Which could mean "turned off".

Kind of like your thought processes when you decided to make your completely irrelevant and useless comment.

And then onward to full power in 2012! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31311272)

Just in time for the end of the world.

Re:And then onward to full power in 2012! (1)

dbIII (701233) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311748)

They know how to run it without breaking it this time.
It should be fine so long as they input those numbers every 108 minutes.

Obligatory (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31311286)

Humour Bot: I said "super collider, but I just met her! And then they made a super collider. Thank you, you've been a great audience."
Announcer: "Humour Bot 510, ladies and gentlemen."

Half power for the year? (0, Troll)

Sporkinum (655143) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311314)

It's because 2012 is when they will have full power to create the black hole that will swallow us all up.

Re:Half power for the year? (0, Troll)

macbeth66 (204889) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311372)

But... But...
How did the mayans know this was going to happen?

Re:Half power for the year? (1)

jamesh (87723) | more than 4 years ago | (#31313568)

How did the mayans know this was going to happen?

Our current understanding is that John Titor, (who was actually journeying from late 2011, not 2036 as he previously claimed[1]) re-materialised into the LHC when returning from his journey to 2000/2001. This simultaneously started the black hole that ultimately destroys the world, and bounced him back to Mayan times where he was able to warn them before dying from the high exposure to radiation.

Informative? Really??? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31311466)

It's not even funny anymore. I could see modding it as 'redundant' because it's so overdone, but 'Informative'?

Moderation is forever broken on Slashdot.

Re:Informative? Really??? (0, Redundant)

Foobar of Borg (690622) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311546)

Moderation is forever broken on Slashdot.

You must be new here.

I, for one, welcome our oblivious overlords!

In Soviet Russia, oblivious overlords welcome YOU!

Re:Informative? Really??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31311776)

I, for one, welcome our oblivious overlords!

In Soviet Russia, oblivious overlords welcome YOU!

In Soviet Russia, YOU are moderated and found redundant.

So THAT's why! (5, Funny)

DesScorp (410532) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311324)

I was wondering why several places were having earthquakes. Damn you, mad scientists!

Re:So THAT's why! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31311436)

Re:So THAT's why! (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311568)

Laugh if you want, but if HAARP can make luminous spirals in the sky over Northern Europe, they can probably make earthquakes, too.

Re:So THAT's why! (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311604)

My favorite is when they inundate the east coast with snow.

Re:So THAT's why! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31311658)

The east coast? You mean China?

Re:So THAT's why! (2, Funny)

outsider007 (115534) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311606)

The nature of reverse causality distortion fields is such that events immediately preceding a bubble are the most affected by it.
We can consider ourselves lucky that the worst is over and that it was only relatively minor quakes.
Furthermore since we can assume that scientists in the future will be able to resolve these issues, it's likely that these quakes will eventually never have happened at all.

Re:So THAT's why! (4, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311644)

Perhaps we could reconfigure the main deflector dish to emit a huge tachyon pulse...

Re:So THAT's why! (2, Funny)

ae1294 (1547521) | more than 4 years ago | (#31312060)

perhaps we could just aim the quakes at countries we don't like...

Re:So THAT's why! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31313428)

Perhaps we did http://www.prisonplanet.com/chavez-and-the-russian-fleet-u-s-used-%E2%80%9Cearthquake-weapon%E2%80%9D-on-haiti.html

My only concern is that... (3, Funny)

assemblerex (1275164) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311462)

Re:My only concern is that... (1)

ae1294 (1547521) | more than 4 years ago | (#31312090)

What the hell is that cooper sphere in the background? It looks like something designed by a mad man from the 1800's...

I was also disappointed that the real Half Life Freeman wasn't gimp'ed into those pictures. But I guess they really don't want to have their upstream provider shutdown the proton stream to their fancy collider for copyright theft and high treason.

Re:My only concern is that... (1)

Beretta Vexe (535187) | more than 4 years ago | (#31313158)

If i remember correctly it's a bubble chamber in the garden of the building n3 ( visitor entrance, exposition, etc. ). The LHC module ( the blue tube ) was shoot in front of the "innovation and science globe" "Le Globe de la Science et de l'Innovation".

Big mistake (5, Funny)

oldhack (1037484) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311504)

Should have Toyota design this thing. It'd be super reliable, and when it isn't, it'd accelerate like a motherfucker, and that would be a good thing, right.

Re:Big mistake (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311880)

Should have Toyota design this thing. It'd be super reliable, and when it isn't, it'd accelerate like a motherfucker, and that would be a good thing, right.

Damn, my Ford Pinto Collider has competition.

Re:Big mistake (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31312968)

Toyota

moving forward uncomfortably fast

Another Sign of the Impending Apocalypse (2, Funny)

rssrss (686344) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311526)

That means they can bring it up to full power in 2012. Anybody want to bet on 12/21/2012?

Re:Another Sign of the Impending Apocalypse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31311614)

or maybe 12/20/2012

Re:Another Sign of the Impending Apocalypse (3, Funny)

McGiraf (196030) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311650)

sure i bet you 100000000000000$ that 12/21/2012 will not be the end of the world.

Re:Another Sign of the Impending Apocalypse (4, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#31312098)

Seriously, who'd be dumb enough to take that bet? I mean, yeah, you just won a fantastillion bucks. And there's no time left to spend it.

Re:Another Sign of the Impending Apocalypse (3, Funny)

Miseph (979059) | more than 4 years ago | (#31312270)

Thank you, sir, for killing the joke. That was some mighty efficient humor destruction you did there. Bully good show.

Re:Another Sign of the Impending Apocalypse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31313122)

McGiraf made a point. Opportunist made it funny.

And you just sound like a stupid ass.

Re:Another Sign of the Impending Apocalypse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31312348)

Seriously, who'd be dumb enough to take that bet? I mean, yeah, you just won a fantastillion bucks. And there's no time left to spend it.

Logical conclusion... If you don't have enough data, that is.

Picture this:
(World about to end)

- I win! Pay me at once!
- What? I don't even have 100000000000000$ to begin with.
- Oh, yeah? Then meet Mr. Crowbar!
(sound of smashed bones)

Aaaand.. The loser spends the rest of his time in a hospital.
The rest of the world spends the last moments in a big orgy.

Re:Another Sign of the Impending Apocalypse (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 4 years ago | (#31315584)

(World about to end)

- I win! Pay me at once!

- Sure, it currently looks like the world is about to end. But believe me, the black hole will stop growing when it hits John's threshold!
- Huh? I never heard of that. You surely just made it up.
- That's your claim. But fact is, the world hasn't ended yet, and we don't have previous experience with the world being eaten up by a black hole, so you cannot exclude the possibility that something unexpected happens that saves the world.
- Well, but the probability is extremely low. Negligibly low, I'd say.
- But it's not exactly zero. Therefore you've not yet won.

Re:Another Sign of the Impending Apocalypse (3, Funny)

mindwhip (894744) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311652)

Nah... they will be on holiday then... no real physicist does any research two weeks either side of Christmas as the Relativistic Effects of Santa delivering toys to every child in one night plays havoc with the results...

What time zone and how about candler date diff? (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 4 years ago | (#31311906)

What time zone and how about candler date diff? any ways if the cubs win it all then you need to look out.

Re:Another Sign of the Impending Apocalypse (1)

ae1294 (1547521) | more than 4 years ago | (#31312118)

sigh... twas a miscalculation [slashdot.org], this meme was doa and is now a festering zombie, please for all that is holy, just stop.

Re:Another Sign of the Impending Apocalypse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31312278)

That means they can bring it up to full power in 2012. Anybody want to bet on 12/21/2012?

The LHC can distort time such way we may end up with a year having 21 months?

Damn! Those guys at CERN are badasses!

kinda like football training camp (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31311672)

The collisions are at half speed, the results don't count for anything, but the press is invited to watch anyway.

CERN needs more powerplants! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31311826)

CERN tells you, lub you long time if you give CERN more powerplants. CERN tweet you later. Gudbye.

Coincidence? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31312020)

And the Playstation Network is down. Coincidence? I THINK NOT!

Re:Coincidence? (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 4 years ago | (#31315748)

They need the Playstation computing power to analyze their results. They cannot afford people wasting valuable cycles with games.

Food for conspiracy theorists: (5, Funny)

Herby Sagues (925683) | more than 4 years ago | (#31312380)

Has anyone noticed that since the LHC entered active state, the number of magnitude 7.0 and above earthquakes has doubled (from ten to fourteen a year to two per month)? And that's particularly true in periods where the LHC has been working at high power (where ALL the 7.0+ earthquakes this year have occurred)? Maybe those pesky miniature black holes are not so harmelss after all. (and ducks for cover).

Re:Food for conspiracy theorists: (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31312576)

The "conspiracy theorists" forgot to include all the huge earthquakes in non-populated areas, like Antarctica. :P Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if the antarctic plate rebound is not accelerating earthquakes elsewhere.

Re:Food for conspiracy theorists: (1)

assemblerex (1275164) | more than 4 years ago | (#31312664)

It could be that or the number of footsteps Obama makes. Both seem equally plausible to crazy people, so why not??

Re:Food for conspiracy theorists: (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31312744)

Well, given that cosmic rays have been creating them for a long time now, I wouldn't be too worried.

The chances of nothing unusual happening during any sufficiently long time period are pretty low. But I guess the mods goofed up and forgot to mod that post "funny" ...

Re:Food for conspiracy theorists: (1)

BiggerIsBetter (682164) | more than 4 years ago | (#31313726)

Well, given that cosmic rays have been creating them for a long time now...

Sure, but not underground.

Re:Food for conspiracy theorists: (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 4 years ago | (#31315778)

Well, given that cosmic rays have been creating them for a long time now...

Sure, but not underground.

So they would have created skyquakes instead. Do you remember any?

Re:Food for conspiracy theorists: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31313170)

In that same period my hot pocket consumption has nearly doubled. Is this change brought on by my increased consumption?

It's not the LHC, it's Sarah Palin (3, Funny)

Kupfernigk (1190345) | more than 4 years ago | (#31313818)

It actually started when she was selected as McCain's running mate. The actual root cause is Eisenhower spinning in his grave fast enough to distort gravity.

Now insert optional Biden version after this post.

Re:Food for conspiracy theorists: (1)

tokul (682258) | more than 4 years ago | (#31313978)

Has anyone noticed that

citation needed

Show stats that prove what you are saying, put :) on your post or stop FUD.

Re:Food for conspiracy theorists: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31314894)

I like FUD.

Re:Food for conspiracy theorists: (1)

mdwh2 (535323) | more than 4 years ago | (#31314992)

I've noticed a correlation between the LHC being active, and stupid conspiracy and doom theories. Coincidence?

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