The solar flare just hit, all your digital lifetime's work is gone.
@neauoire ... is everyone else's digital work also gone? because that would be much more exciting to the point where "it's a disaster" becomes "it's a relief"
@neauoire Hypothetically, did it short out my external drive? Cause I just can start over with a (mostly recent) backup of my art folder
@neauoire I really need an option for "both" on this one. It is a disaster, because I lose a lot of photos and videos and scans of artwork from my kids and such. But it's also a relief because I know there's some nightmare documents and code from when I was young and didn't yet know I was an idiot…
@neauoire mah pictures, mah memories.. also I spent way too much time on these work sheets for our students for them to be lost :D
@neauoire i'm cool as long as it also wipes all the cringeworthy forum posts i made as a kid and couldn't erase manually
@lanodan @neauoire Maybe I'm interpreting this a little bit widely by imagining that all digital information is gone. But in that scenario, I wouldn't even know where to begin soldering to replace the (now empty) BIOS chip and other ROMs on my motherboard to try to boot it up again, or how to get microcode into the CPU, much less making a Unix. Mad respect if you have the skills and tools to reinvent an entire operating system from nothing.
@neauoire i accidentally do this to myself like twice a year. its comfy like getting a new pair of sneakers
Even if you interpret it more narrowly, I think just about every bit of data would count as part of somebody's digital work, so at the very least all the anime is gone, as it was part of its creators' digital portfolios.
Does it erase effects of my past sins, like using Gmail (ughh!) or PayPal e.g. all data leaked to these greedy f***ers?
@neauoire If it's a magic solar flare that impacts just my work, it would be a relief.
If it's a mundane solar flare, it would have enough strength to shut down modern civilization, leading to literal *billions* of people dying of starvation in very short time.
So I vote "disaster".
@neauoire well it is a thought provoking proposition, kinda caught me off guard and got stuck in my head for a bit, p. cool
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