Was this modded funny because it's so stupid?
Any technology that would prevent amoral sociopaths from public office in the future would be made illegal by amoral sociopaths holding public office in the present.
But bigger point: either don't fear biotech advances, or at least be equal
But they're not equal. Dystopian futures involving computers promise a future where we're ruled over by machines - which, might be more capable than we are. There is an element of coolness to robotic/computer overlords.
Biotech dystopian futures, on the other hand, promise a future where we're ruled over by humans who think they're more capable than we are (but probably aren't)....just like now. And there's nothing cool about being ruled over by a human...just like now.
I'm wearing a Citizen Eco-Drive that I've had for almost a decade. Unlike my Seiko Kinetic watches, or my Timex, or any of my other watches - my Citizen is nearly indestructible. I wore it yesterday while replacing the fuel-injectors in my truck. While I don't consider myself to be normal, my point is that normal people do wear watches. Using a smart phone in some situations or environments will be deadly to the phone, where a well constructed watch will handle whatever you dish out (within reason), and be perfectly happy with the soap and toothbrush treatment it gets afterwards.
Of course, we're talking about a Microsoft watch here - so you probably won't be able to do much other than look at it or it will give you a blue-clock-face-of-death.
What about clean, renewable solar?
For those who don't remember, $535 million was given to the Obama endorsed solar panel manufacturer - Solyndra, which went bankrupt.
One life-long ThinkPad owner to another, I completely agree. While I'm very gentle to laptops, accidents can (and have) happen(ed). I like to know that I can set it down hard, or that when something breaks - I can find parts and fix it myself. Like my Volvo, it's not much to look at - but after hitting a deer, it still drives great (I repaired it). I know it's robust enough to handle the things you don't see coming.
My first laptop was a Compaq, which served me well until it died a very confused death (motherboard failure). My second was a ThinkPad 550 - which I thoroughly enjoyed until I sold it and bought a TP 760EL, which I also enjoyed greatly. I sold the 760 and bought a no-name fast-as-hell laptop from a local dealer and it was great, for a year until it overheated and the CPU socket unsoldered itself. That, was my last non-ThinkPad. Since then, I've owned 3 A31 models (upgrading to different models to get better processors or screens), followed by a T61, then a Z61m (downgrade, I know - but I always wanted the titanium lid, and it had a better screen). I doubt that the Z61m will survive my daughter though. It might, as she was informed that I won't be buying her any more laptops.
Now I'm running a T520 and have a T510 as a backup. I bought the T510 because I've seen the future - I bought a more modern ThinkPad for one of my co-workers and it was terrible. A lightweight piece of crap. When the T520 dies (not expected anytime soon), I'll have the T510 to use while I seek out another laptop that will meet my needs.
Expect to see the 5-assed monkey coming out of a lab near you!
If only I had mod points... That was great!
Any data crossing your network belongs to you, while it is on your network.
Hopefully they don't use names like "Blue" for their products. If they do, we might start to see recyclable advertising campaigns like:
Switch to Microsoft Yellow - because Yellow is the new Blue.
Let him say that to his customers and see how long they remain customers.
If you are in need of parts that look better than stacked slices of cheese, then I'm sure the prices are acceptable.
He mentioned lost wax casting used in jewelry - but also used in many other things. If used to cast the frame of a firearm, the machining process to finish it would be minimal. The hardest part would be to determine the amount that the parts would shrink after being cast. I can see that being the most difficult part of lost wax casting a firearm frame.
Potentially, wax positives of firearms would be very good - but probably not ready to shoot without additional machining.
How, exactly, is Honey Boo Boo's mom going to stop an air attack?
Having solar cells that can withstand impact and abrasion might be kind of nifty.