First World Problems

Some kid in class actually said this to me last night:

Problems from the first world
Problems from the first world

Oh, the horror!

Classes have started up again! I am taking a few night classes, the most interesting of which is advanced routing, including BGP and IPV6. Apologies in advance for any lack of posts or unanswered comments.

HAARP Facility OTA

Operation of the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) array in Gakona Alaska has ceased due to lack of funds. I can imagine that would put a damper on things.  According to this article from the ARRL website:

The proximate cause of HAARP’s early May shutdown was less fiscal than environmental, (James) Keeney said. As he explained it, the diesel generators on site no longer pass Clean Air Act muster. Repairing them to meet EPA standards will run $800,000. Beyond that, he said, it costs $300,000 a month just to keep the facility open and $500,000 to run it at full capacity for 10 days.

Which, ouch!  It looks like they generate all their own power on site with diesel generators, which is not inexpensive.  Still, it is an interesting looking facility and it would be fun to poke around a bit.  As the above quoted article says, the site will likely be bulldozed unless some other funding to operate the array is found.

HAARP array close up, Gakona, AK
HAARP array close up, Gakona, AK

As a result of this, I fully expect that there will be no more hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes and so on.