A pair of disparate news bits--increasingly active solar flares and an AT&T U-verse broadband breakdown--recently offered a foreboding and somewhat ominous glimpse of what the future could hold--at least for an increasingly connected society. It wasn't pretty.
First doomsday reports suggested a series of solar flares in 2013 might go beyond routine and cause more than a case of nasty sunburn.
"The concern of a strong solar flare in the direction of Earth is legit," Seton Hall University professor Jose Lopez told Fox News in a story reported by The Inquisitr. "The possibility [is] that such a sun burst could hit Earth and could cause extensive damage as it would charge-up our electrical equipment and destroy [it]."
In short, the flares will toast the nation's aging electrical grid, which will fail and throw massive portions of the population back to the stone age--at least for a brief time.
It's probably nothing to lose sleep over--and if the power's out your electric alarm won't work anyway, so you'll get even more shuteye. But then another news bit served up a taste of what a disconnected society could face. The AT&T U-verse network suffered something between a hiccup and a major stomach virus, throwing untold consumers into despair.
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