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Sad news for fans of the exciting new sport of ultra-violent hadron billiards today, as international science alliance CERN shuts down the Large Hadron Collider - most powerful particle-punisher ever built - for the Christmas break this evening. Not everyone will be unhappy, though. Tinfoil-bonced apocalypse prophets, and more …

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Aaaaarrgh

Don't let the nerds get drunk!!! It won't be the office photocopier they'll be fooling around with!

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Winter shutdown

I thought when LHC first started that they said the intention was to use winters for maintenance and only run it over the summer when there was less demand for electricity and thus they could buy power cheaper.

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re:Winter shutdown

True, but that was probably before the unplanned, extended "maintenance window" of the last few months. :-)

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Precaution

Best to switch it off before the party!

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Good news

This shut-down will give Lewis a chance to recuperate with a mince pie and an even larger thesaurus.

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Coat

So...

... how long before someone says "Hey, how about we try roasting the turkey in the LHC"?

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If ever...

If ever the world ends in some apocalyptic catastrophe and by some miraculous coincidence the reg coverage of the LHC is the only history of the world available, historians are going to have an interesting time disemminating fact from 'fiction' ... heh .. well done el reg :D

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Alien

What a coincidence..

I met this bloke in the pub today offering to 'smash yer aydrons fer cash mate' over Christmas, looks like some of the boys at CERN are doing some off the books unofficial interdimensional portal opening over the Christmas break..

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Wonderful

Excellent article. NFT.

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Just realised

The LHC requires to be cold (reeeeally cold) to work.

The LHC is the Large Hadron *Collider*.

The LHC is so massive, even El Reg calls its size Titanic.

So what we have here is a cold Titanic collider.

I vote we nickname the LHC " 'berg "!

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When the Cat's away, the Mice who Have IQ will Play Havoc with Hive IQ?

"So what we have here is a cold Titanic collider.

I vote we nickname the LHC " 'berg "!" ... Neoc Posted Thursday 17th December 2009 00:21 GMT

As an added Health and Safety precaution, Neoc, in cases where there are Crazy Valid Concerns of Sentient Being Portals and Colossal Machinery doing God Particle Physics Peculiarly, perhaps it should be nicknamed "NICEberg" too ........ for this is an existing parallel with similar DNA? .......... "NICE Systems is the leading provider of Insight from Interactions solutions and value-added services, powered by the convergence of advanced analytics of unstructured multimedia content and transactional data"

And it is as well to bear in mind, and especially so in these very strange and quirky quarky times, that even though a Machine is shut down, Boffinry never Stops or Sleeps.

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I like you

I haven't a clue what you're on about, but you're lovely.

Personally I think it's going to end with a portal to hell being opened. I hope the boffins have been stocking up on explosive barrels and chainsaws.

Mine's the one with a spare plasma pack in the pocket.

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The Race is On

The boffins now get over 2 months to work on experimental nano-tech machines, letting some escape through a faulty filter that no-one takes responsibility for.

So, in the search for past alien civilisations, should we be looking for "gray goo" or "black holes" ?

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Two things...

1. Didn't John Carmack already predict the future of this one?

2. Since the Daily Fail and other tabloids (with help from the tossers in the government) have completely ruined the word 'Scientist' such that no one believe a word they say any more, perhaps the word Boffin which has friendly undertones can now be used exclusively to actually get sensible information to the general populous. El Reg, patent the word immediately.

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So... the sword of Damocles has been sheathed. FOR NOW!

On a more serious note, is it just me or is there a temperature excursion in progress in sector 81?

http://hcc.web.cern.ch/HCC/cryo_main/cryo_main.php?region=Sector81&sector=81

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@Graham Marsden

Um, roasting the turkey inside something that's colder than deep space? I see a flaw in your plan there...

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Funny Farmers ...or Phabulous Phormers?

I wonder if any other popular and irreverent web magazine has such a deep and diverse contributory readership as El Reg?

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Hey, amfM ...

Ever hear of Usenet? It's been around for a couple decades ...

Might ask your Cousin Eliza, or your Uncle Parry ;-)

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Billiards?

Hadron snooker, surely?

And Graham - if there are any Americans involved, the relevant phrase will be, "Hey! Hold my beer and watch this!"

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Forum

Any chance that we can have this 'forum' set up so that there is some way of telling which post a reply refers to?

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replies

You mean like having the replies indented below the relevant post, with a grey line on the left? I'm sure they can manage that.

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Jobs Horns

the LOL method

http://cdsweb.cern.ch/record/1229427

here is the christmas party... laughing at the end of the world, at the UNO human rights comission, at the fact that the Higgs doesnt exist and the swindle goes well over 10 billion $ the LOL method, laughing Out Loud to all the crimes of mankind...

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