Re: In the old bank, in the vault
Now THAT is how you ensure an uninterruptible power supply.
"Power cannot, under any circumstances, be cut to this facility. Do you understand me? Under no circumstances is a power loss acceptable. If there is a power cut, the loss to society, the organization, and science itself will be incalculable. My head will be on the chop just before my boss's head itself gets chopped, and that will be immediately postceding me swinging the axe at your neck. Do you understand?"
"What if there's a flood?"
"No, absolutely unacceptable."
"No, I mean a big, BIG flood."
"Did you watch the movie Deep Impact?"
"Remember that gigantic tsunami that took out New York?"
"The rest of our facilities will stand up to that. Make sure the power does, too."
"What if there's a war?"
"Unless someone is dropping cruise missiles directly on our heads, the rest of the facilities will hold. The power had damn well better, too, ESPECIALLY since national power grids are likely to be targets in war!"
"Godzilla and Cloverfield go Sumo Wrestling through the township?"
"Short of Cloverfield getting suplexed through the roof, the facility will stand. The power supply has to, too."
"So, let me get this straight: not fire, flood nor famine or war can cut the power?"
"You don't want to hear any 'Acts of God' clause stuff here, because you want a power supply that will stand up longer than the building itself."
"Now you're catching on."
"In other words, you need uninterrupted power right up to the Godzilla Threshold - basically that unless the power supply failure is not the reason your facilities' work has been terminated, the power supply has to stand up."
"That's my requirements. No interruptions are acceptable."
"Right. Well then, fuck it mate, just fuck it; we're gonna have to install a reactor."
"Make it so."