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You know what this means. (4, Funny)

azav (469988) | about 8 months ago | (#44486817)

I'll be in my bunk-er.

Re:You know what this means. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44487049)

WE ALL goin' DIE!

don't use caps during a global catastrophe, it's LIKE YELLING!

So who gets to change... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44487795)

...the +/- polarity symbols on the sun?

Re:You know what this means. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44488439)

Well since the mayans let us down something was needed for the merkin doomsday day cults to run around screaming we are all going to die and the survalists to continue to fleece their marks.

The death of Detroit just wasnt doing the business you all know. Its the American way.

Re:You know what this means. (2)

s.petry (762400) | about 8 months ago | (#44489139)

From TFA, this happens every 11 years. So if you are under the age of 11, you can be scared. If you are over the age of 11, this should be a "been there done that" moment.

Re:You know what this means. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44489543)

From TFA, this happens every 11 years. So if you are under the age of 11, you can be scared. If you are over the age of 11, this should be a "been there done that" moment.

From TFA:

The sun's magnetic field changes polarity approximately every 11 years.

This one is a little late. You'd need to be at least 12 years old to have lived through the last one.

Re:You know what this means. (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | about 8 months ago | (#44490237)

But there actually was a bit of panic over the last one. People claiming that because the rise in satellite communications was vastly higher than last time, the internet was "new", fly by wire planes would fail, etc.

Oh no (4, Funny)

50000BTU_barbecue (588132) | about 8 months ago | (#44486865)

What does this mean for the recipes on my fridge? Should I switch to suction cups?

Re:Oh no (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44487251)

Just turn your fridge upside down

Re:Oh no (2)

dsvick (987919) | about 8 months ago | (#44488121)

No, no, you just have to hang them on the back of the fridge. They'll be a bit hard to get to there but, just think, 11 years from now when you switch them back, you'll have all sorts of rediscovered recipes to try.

Re:Oh no (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44487751)

As an ingredient substitution?

Re:Oh no (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44488105)

As long as there's enough Alfredo sauce on them.

Doom and gloom (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44486895)

Waiting for news reports to be published that leave out the part that this is normal and part of the aprox eleven year solar cycle.

Re:Doom and gloom (1)

s.petry (762400) | about 8 months ago | (#44489203)

"The first and funniest to yell will be the ones pointing out that the WSO telescope looks like the illuminati symbol [stanford.edu]. Many people will believe it to be impossible that it is natural.

Re:Doom and gloom (1)

Obfuscant (592200) | about 8 months ago | (#44489775)

Many people will believe it to be impossible that it is natural.

I do not believe that the WSO telescope facility is a natural formation. I think it was intelligently designed. You may now prove me wrong.

Yawn (3, Insightful)

djupedal (584558) | about 8 months ago | (#44486903)

I've survived 5 of these so far - one more can't hurt...

Re:Yawn (4, Funny)

slashmydots (2189826) | about 8 months ago | (#44486943)

It never hurts to have sun polar flipping insurance though

Re:Yawn (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44487019)

and just like that, a new business model is born

Re:Yawn (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44487215)

Looks like you gotta lot o' nice electronical equipment there. Be a shame if anyfin' should 'appen to it. Solar flare or somefin'.

Re:Yawn (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about 8 months ago | (#44488613)

But knowing it's flipped could be useful. For one thing, if you find yourself on the surface of the sun, you now know that you'll need to read your compass backwards.

Exciting times (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44486905)

But nothing like as interesting the Earth's poles flipping, especially with the migration patterns of various species.

queue apocolypse theories in 3... 2... 1... (1)

fullmetal55 (698310) | about 8 months ago | (#44486935)

mark!

If this is happening in 3-4 months, how many of those days will we get "documentaries" on how this might spell our doom?

Seriously,. if this happens every 11 years, it's hardly noteworthy...

That means I've lived through 3 of them...

Re:queue apocolypse theories in 3... 2... 1... (1)

Enry (630) | about 8 months ago | (#44487021)

The Sun is sucking up sharks and spitting them back at us! Next week on SyFy: Sharkspotnado!

Re:queue apocolypse theories in 3... 2... 1... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44487329)

It would be a Sharkar Flare, which is a solar flare of sharks, not to be confused with a lens flare, which is what J.J. Abrams uses to ruin franchises.

Not Sharkspotnado! (4, Funny)

davidwr (791652) | about 8 months ago | (#44487367)

Coronal Shark Ejection!

Re:Not Sharkspotnado! (1)

davidbrit2 (775091) | about 8 months ago | (#44488253)

Gentlemen, we have a decision to make. Are we going to use this to name an awesome B-movie, or an edgy indie band? We only have one shot at this; don't screw it up.

Re:Not Sharkspotnado! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44489537)

Sharknado 2: Coronal Ejection

Re:queue apocolypse theories in 3... 2... 1... (1)

Lumpy (12016) | about 8 months ago | (#44487627)

No...

SharkFlare! It's sharks It's solar flares! Oh the huge manatee!

Re:queue apocolypse theories in 3... 2... 1... (1)

theatrociousone (3010499) | about 8 months ago | (#44488029)

No...

SharkFlare! It's sharks It's solar flares! Oh the huge manatee!

For some reason, I immediately put that to B-52 music, with Kate blaring out the words.

Re:queue apocolypse theories in 3... 2... 1... (1)

azav (469988) | about 8 months ago | (#44487085)

I just wish that the fact that this is regularly wasn't mentioned, so we could see just how many idjits started talking about how this is a sign of "a new cosmic awakening", or some other BS like that.

Re:queue apocolypse theories in 3... 2... 1... (2)

davidwr (791652) | about 8 months ago | (#44487339)

If this is happening in 3-4 months, how many of those days will we get "documentaries" on how this might spell our doom?

Dang, if only this happened last December, at the end/beginning of the Mayan Calendar cycle. The media would've had an even bigger field day.

Thanks for including the "but it's normal" note (1)

Aguazul2 (2591049) | about 8 months ago | (#44486941)

Otherwise just imagine the panic: non-TFA reading geeks everywhere emerging blinking into the light like an invading zombie army. Could be the end of civilization.

Re:Thanks for including the "but it's normal" note (1)

azav (469988) | about 8 months ago | (#44487099)

Oh, no. Not again.

Re:Thanks for including the "but it's normal" note (2)

necro81 (917438) | about 8 months ago | (#44487709)

"Many people have speculated that if we knew exactly why the bowl of petunias had thought that we would know a lot more about the nature of the universe than we do now"

Replace "bowl of petunias" with "the sun", and you get become a PhD student.

Re:Thanks for including the "but it's normal" note (1)

Sique (173459) | about 8 months ago | (#44487135)

But cave-dwelling^Wbasement-living geeks don't interact with the sun anyway.

Re:Thanks for including the "but it's normal" note (1)

dsvick (987919) | about 8 months ago | (#44488247)

What makes you think they'll let a little fact like that get in the way of their doomsaying? I'm sure they'll be able to come up with something:
This one happened faster than previous ones
This one was slower than others
This one was stronger
It was weaker
It's going to happen over the holidays so it has biblical implications
When combined with global warming it will cause untold catastrophes
...

Monopole? (1)

steamraven (2428480) | about 8 months ago | (#44486991)

From TFA:

"The sun's north pole has already changed sign, while the south pole is racing to catch up,"

Can someone explain what is actually going on?

Re:Monopole? (4, Insightful)

Rhacman (1528815) | about 8 months ago | (#44487267)

I'm not sure, though it doesn't seem strange to me. A magnet doesn't have to have its poles 180 degrees away from each other (think a horseshoe magnet).

Re:Monopole? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44487979)

At the surface the poles don't have to point exactly opposite directions. There doesn't even have to be a single north and south pole. As the field weakens and rearranges, the dipole structure can weaken a lot compared to other higher multipole components. You could end up with something that looks more like a pair of crossed bar magnets.

Re:Monopole? (1)

icebike (68054) | about 8 months ago | (#44488019)

I'm not sure, though it doesn't seem strange to me. A magnet doesn't have to have its poles 180 degrees away from each other (think a horseshoe magnet).

But "racing to catch up"...!!?!!

Damn Northerners! They've stolen a march on our poor Southern horseshoes!!

Caint never trust them dad burn Yankee magnets!

Re:Monopole? (1)

Russ1642 (1087959) | about 8 months ago | (#44487353)

That means that somewhere in the middle things are really screwy. You'd probably have to ask Stephen Hawking to know what's really going on in there.

TLDR? 4 minute video. (4, Informative)

DaTrueDave (992134) | about 8 months ago | (#44486995)

Here's a 4 minute video on the topic:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34gNgaME86Y [youtube.com]

I find it interesting that this cycle is a bit longer than normal this time.

Re:TLDR? 4 minute video. (1)

Minwee (522556) | about 8 months ago | (#44488375)

I'm waiting for a four minute informational video on the topic, directed by Michael Bay.

Re:TLDR? 4 minute video. (1)

nherm (889807) | about 8 months ago | (#44488555)

"TLDR" ?? :)

This recent 1-h presentation from Helen Mason at the Royal Institute is extremely informative

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbI6TDHCfe4 [youtube.com]

From the article:

"Changes to the field's polarity ripple all the way out to the Voyager probes, on the doorstep of interstellar space."

Expect new announcements about Voyager 1 reaching interstellar space in the next 3 to 4 months :P

Re:TLDR? 4 minute video. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44489515)

I find it interesting that this cycle is a bit longer than normal this time.

I blame anthropogenic global warming, we need to depopulate the planet to save the solar sunspot cycle.

Countdown for the SyFy disaster flick (2)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about 8 months ago | (#44486997)

Starting now...[assuming it hasn't been done yet]

Re:Countdown for the SyFy disaster flick (2)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about 8 months ago | (#44488723)

Looking at their original movies [syfy.com], it appears that SyFy is the disaster.

"Ghost Shark: it's a shark that's a ghost. Need anything else?" SyFy, hinting that you're aware you're making disgracefully shitty entertainment doesn't mean it's not disgracefully shitty. In fact, it just makes it worse.

Re:Countdown for the SyFy disaster flick (1)

OakDragon (885217) | about 8 months ago | (#44488847)

They need to send Hilary Swank to the heart of the sun to get the solar poles straightened out.

Misread that... (4, Funny)

wbr1 (2538558) | about 8 months ago | (#44487003)

For a second I thought the title read, "NSA Data Suggests Solar Magnetic Field About To Flip"

And thought, man they really are spying on everything.

No you didn't misread it Re:Misread that... (1)

davidwr (791652) | about 8 months ago | (#44487383)

For a second I thought the title read, "NSA Data Suggests Solar Magnetic Field About To Flip"

And thought, man they really are spying on everything.

You probably aren't wrong.

Re:Misread that... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44487429)

Well they can't have the sun changing sides too. Imagine what would happen if the sun turned against us. We'd get all Snowd 'en.

can't (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44487029)

  can't http://jobweb24.com

uh oh - bring on the climate deniers (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44487039)

The climate denying crew always use this information to try to debunk climate change.

Re:uh oh - bring on the climate deniers (0)

alen (225700) | about 8 months ago | (#44487277)

and the global warming nuts always come out in full force every time there is a hot day or week

the last week has been pretty cool in NYC. i haven't turned on my AC in over a week. too cold to drink iced coffee.

Re:uh oh - bring on the climate deniers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44488407)

and the global warming nuts always come out in full force every time there is a hot day or week

or decade or century

Survivalist Nutjobs rejoice! (1)

tekrat (242117) | about 8 months ago | (#44487043)

Headed for the bunker with your bugout bag and your rifle.

Yeppers, I remember "cheaper than dirt" selling all kinds of crap for the Y2K apocalypse, and then there was the coming Rapture, and then the Mayan apocalypse.

I'm sure there were a few more end of the world scenarios I missed, but seriously, the end of the world seems to happen about every 2 years.

Put of synch? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44487087)

I stopped believing the article when they said "synch" instead of sync.

The last time... (2)

guytoronto (956941) | about 8 months ago | (#44487095)

The last time the magnetic field flipped (Feb 2001), Brendan Fraser starred in Monkeybone. What colossal box office flop awaits us this time around?

Re:The last time... (2)

cyberchondriac (456626) | about 8 months ago | (#44487273)

The last time the magnetic field flipped (Feb 2001), Brendan Fraser starred in Monkeybone. What colossal box office flop awaits us this time around?

Monkeybone II starring Shia LaBeouf, obviously..

Earth's magnetic field (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44487103)

Isn't the same thing slated to happen to earth's magnetic field?

Re:Earth's magnetic field (1)

someone1234 (830754) | about 8 months ago | (#44487351)

Totally unrelated. What do you mean by "slated" anyway. Does it qualify If it will happen in 1000 years?

Surprising frequency (4, Interesting)

pr0t0 (216378) | about 8 months ago | (#44487237)

Given the predicted 8 billion year lifespan of the sun, 11 years is a blip. If you equated it to a human 80-year lifespan, the magnetic reversal would happen every 3.47 seconds. It's almost like a heartbeat at that rate.

Re:Surprising frequency (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44489007)

More like breathing...

Re:Surprising frequency (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44489601)

If your heart beats only once per 3,47 seconds, I recommend getting to a hospital. If you still have time to.

Ancient Aliens (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44487865)

Is it possible, as some Ancient Astronaut Theorists suggest.....

Re:Ancient Aliens (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44488743)

The aliens are on the way, this is a big event for them. To an earthling, It's hard to understand how timing the magnetic reversals awaken the third sex organ so all three beings could get together to shoot a new blockbuster alien porn flick.

Voyager experiments (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44487885)

Could this be an opportunity for Voayager to finally measure the Sun's magnetosphere / edge of the solar system in more detail. The sun is not a perfect sphere I'm guessing, so the change should be recordable onboard Voyager if NASA gets lucky.

Re:Voyager experiments (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44488065)

Since magnetic fields become embedded in the plasma of the solar wind and are carried outward from the Sun by the solar winds, any changes we observe happening on the Sun won't reach Voyager probes until over 3 years from now.

I CAN'T BELIEVE OBAMA WOULD DO THIS TO US (1, Funny)

egamma (572162) | about 8 months ago | (#44487895)

10 PRINT Does that MAN have ANY IDEA how many batteries I will have to TURN AROUND?? That will take HOURS!

20 END (kidding)

So it was written, so it shall be... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44487897)

The night will become day and the day will become night.

Score one for the preppers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44488171)

Hah! In your face! Who is laughing now? Meet you in the bunkers. Sending Ingress coordinates now...

this is goat5Ex (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#44488753)

its readers and would take %about 2

SyFy channel (1)

AzTechGuy (1108805) | about 8 months ago | (#44489991)

Sounds like a SyFy channel movies, Solar Polarity Flip causes big electrical tornadoes that cause massive earth quakes and exposing huge underground caverns where giant snakes, spiders, mythical creatures escape to wreak havoc on Earth.
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