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December 07, 2015, 11:36:20 PM
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Well, the most vulnerable part of our system to your hypthetical solar flare is the power grid.  With all those nice long wires acting as antennae for the EMP, it'll generate a massive surge that'll make lightning strikes look like a sparkler.  How long do you think it will be for them to fix or replace all the transformers that bring the electricity to your house?  Even if you had a generator and could run your computer, your ISP would most probably be down.  Or wherever you're trying to spend you bitcoins would be down.  This would be one of the last things on my list of worries in that scenario.
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December 08, 2015, 01:06:19 AM
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Sorry for the alarming headline.

Google reports a single result for "hardcopy of the blockchain".  So I figured we might find such a phrase useful. I have looked a little into the possibility that all copies of the blockchain could be destroyed by an EMP (very unlikely, it seems), or by a solar flare (more likely, but still seems remote).

Would there be a few heroes who could produce tens of GBs of data with the special properties of the blockchain that make it uniquely identifiable in the event such a catastrophe occurred?  Do I want to be one of them?  Sure, why not.  I need like 10 DVDs and a day or three to burn them.

Honestly, though, I was hoping for some replies that say "Check out [link]" where such an effort is already being undertaken.
If a catastrophic solar flare does erase all soft memory, Bitcoin being damaged will be one of the least of our worries. If I am correct, most banks have      a fair portion of their data on soft memory systems, and that would bring most of society to a halt. Even the things we could buy with Bitcoin would be difficult to process, and even harder to actually receive.

However, having an updated copy of the blockchain every 6 months or so sounds like a good idea, regardless if a solar flare was to wipe out soft memory or not.
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December 08, 2015, 02:45:29 AM
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Sorry for the alarming headline.

Google reports a single result for "hardcopy of the blockchain".  So I figured we might find such a phrase useful. I have looked a little into the possibility that all copies of the blockchain could be destroyed by an EMP (very unlikely, it seems), or by a solar flare (more likely, but still seems remote).

Would there be a few heroes who could produce tens of GBs of data with the special properties of the blockchain that make it uniquely identifiable in the event such a catastrophe occurred?  Do I want to be one of them?  Sure, why not.  I need like 10 DVDs and a day or three to burn them.

Honestly, though, I was hoping for some replies that say "Check out [link]" where such an effort is already being undertaken.

I keep some of my backup CD's wrapped in tinfoil to protect agains EMP Cheesy

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December 08, 2015, 02:50:18 AM
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it will only hit one side of the planet

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