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LHC Repair To Cost At Least $21 Million 163

Posted by kdawson
from the black-holes-don't-come-cheap dept.
ThanatosMinor writes "September's quench at the Large Hadron Collider is going to cost CERN at least $21 million and delay future collisions until June of 2009 at the earliest. Enjoy your last few months outside of an event horizon."
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LHC Repair To Cost At Least $21 Million

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  • by Thanshin (1188877) on Tuesday November 18, 2008 @08:31AM (#25800559)

    We don't appreciate that kind of racism around here.

  • Re:Hey! (Score:2, Informative)

    by morgan_greywolf (835522) on Tuesday November 18, 2008 @08:47AM (#25800699) Homepage Journal

    Wow that's old. But anyway...I'll reply here for the interested. Feel free to mod me offtopic (because I am):

    What killed BBSes was none of those things.

    1) That's why post/call ratios were invented. Duh.
    2) The technical clique were often right there with the gabbers. We talked to the gabbers to pick up chicks. Most of us were successful, too. I went on a few dates. None of them ever turned into anything serious, but it was still fun.
    3) Maybe. I lived in an area with lots of BBSes, and I don't think that having a number to choose from was a bad thing.
    4) Not sure the 'loss of anonymity' ever occurred 100%. The last BBS I ever signed onto I signed on with a handle. My BBS had handles right up until I took it down in 1992.
    6) Yes, the press were a bunch of arrogant pricks who didn't know their ass from a hole in the ground. Don't think they had *that* much impact, though.
    7) I tend to agree, but there were also plenty of technically competent sysops, too, and so I don't think that ignorant sysops killed BBSes, either.

    Finally, what killed BBSes was cheap, widely available Internet access. After people saw 'Teh Intarweb!!!' BBSes just seemed to pale in comparison.

  • Pocket change (Score:5, Informative)

    by BlueParrot (965239) on Tuesday November 18, 2008 @09:22AM (#25801061)

    The total cost of the is estimated to be somewhere between 3 billion to 7 billion. A couple of tens of millions will increase the overall cost by less than 1%.

  • by KiwiCanuck (1075767) on Tuesday November 18, 2008 @09:41AM (#25801275)
    I'm guessing that /.'ers know that the LHC is not going to form a black hole. In case you don't here's the math. Mass of a intermediate black hole = 1000x the mass of the sun Mass of the sun = 332,946x the mass of the Earth Mass of the Earth = 6x10^24 kg Therefor mass of black hole = 2x10^(33) kg Mass of a proton = 1.67x10^(-27) kg The crushing force of a black hole is caused by its density, a large mass in a small volume (1000x the mass of the sun in a 1,000km diameter ball -> ~size of the Earth). So flinging around 40 or so protons in a 27km diameter tunnel is not going to destroy our solar system (or reshape the galaxy).

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