No, you morons, it's not sunspots. I've been ranting to dumb people for weeks about the impossibility of sunspots to have caused communication interruption via satellites.
Story #1: Listening to a phone bridge where an installer was claiming that his Internet connection via satellite (not Hughesnet) was problematic across multiple days and at the same time of the day. He felt like he was a victim of sunspots.
Story #2: Sitting at Sobo 151 during the Bronco game when Fox lost their HD feed (nice work Fox). The bartender said the dumbest s#@! ever. He said that it must be sunspot related because he said DirecTV put a similar message on the screen (I don't buy that). So of course all of the drunken idiots bought into that, but I quickly said, "That's impossible this time of year, on top of the fact that this is the quietest year we have had in a long time for sunspots!" No one listened.
Well, now you must listen since it's been written down on a fancy news website -and- been thoroughly ranted about on slashdot.
Honestly some VERY amazing photos. For geeks and the Hercules Rockefeller's alike:
Quote: "The Sun is now in the quietest phase of its 11-year activity cycle, the solar minimum - in fact, it has been unusually quiet this year - with over 200 days so far with no observed sunspots. The solar wind has also dropped to its lowest levels in 50 years. Scientists are unsure of the significance of this unusual calm, but are continually monitoring our closest star with an array of telescopes and satellites. Seen below are some recent images of the Sun in more active times."