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    Having been exposed to large doses of Raymond Baxter and James Burke (Tomorrow's World) as a nipper, I expected that by now food production would be so streamlined that it would be free, as would transportation. There would be no need to work to survive and we'd all live in spiffy modernistic houses.
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      CommentAuthoralsetalokin
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2014 edited
     
    Well... if you had invested in communications and computer stocks back when Walter Cronkite was reporting body counts from Viet Nam and the Dow broke 600 for the first time... that would be you, with no need to work to survive, living in that spiffy modernistic house.

    But I'll bet nobody thought, back then, that your refrigerator would be connected to the internet and could show you porn on its tiny configuration screen.
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    • CommentAuthorNick Hawk
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2014 edited
     
    Posted By: alsetalokin
    But I'll bet nobody thought, back then, that your refrigerator would be connected to the internet and could show you porn on its tiny configuration screen.



    Printer Doom
    • CommentAuthorLakes
    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2014
     
    Posted By: Nick Hawk
    Posted By: alsetalokin
    But I'll bet nobody thought, back then, that your refrigerator would be connected to the internet and could show you porn on its tiny configuration screen.



    Printer Doom
    Security Wonk????? lol
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      CommentAuthormagic moment
    • CommentTimeOct 15th 2014 edited
     
    Quote of the Day:

    They said, ‘What’s in the box?’
    I said, ‘a large gold medal,’ as one does.
    So they opened it up and they said, ‘What’s it made out of?’
    I said, ‘gold.’
    And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’
    ‘The King of Sweden.’
    ‘Why did he give this to you?’
    ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’

    Astrophysicist Brian Schmidt, describing going through airport security with his Nobel Prize

    http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2014/10/10/nobel-prize-airport-security/
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    ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’
    At which point, they were beginning to lose their sense of humor. I explained to them it was a Nobel Prize, and their main question was, ‘Why were you in Fargo?’”


    The Real Main Question is "Why do we put up with this crap?"
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeOct 15th 2014
     
    Indeed. I seem to remember that German civil servants in the 1935-45 era were supposed to combine utter stupidity with boundless arrogance. Now we see it is a real phenomenon.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeOct 15th 2014
     
    Sin can be forgiven, but stupid is forever.

    (G&M discussion on the Ford brothers)
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    "It's the Olympic Gold Medal of Science, and I was in Fargo looking for work."
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeOct 15th 2014
     
    Perhaps Venter or Hawking got there first.
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    Riight. I can just see Hawking out there in the snow (with his ski-equipped robotic chair) looking along the snowcovered fenceline for that stash of cash.
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    The lensing of electromagnetic radiation around a black hole is so intense that a communications channel could be set up for intergalactic distances (waiting out the answer is a different problem).
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2014
     
    Posted By: Andrew PalfreymanThe lensing of electromagnetic radiation around a black hole is so intense that a communications channel could be set up for intergalactic distances (waiting out the answer is a different problem).


    Was that ex-cathedra or can we consider it fallible?
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    The physics dictates its truth, channeled by Claudio Maccone
    http://www.centauri-dreams.org/?p=31840

    An amazing and wonderful thought, I thought.
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    Why cause others pain and suffering when there are enough arseholes around doing it anyway?
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2014
     
    How is that going to work? Air tickets are tied to passport numbers as well as names.
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    Beauty. The awesomness of nature, the punyness of humanity.