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...can anyone who has a good quality VHS of the original, unfucked-up-with copies of Star Wars (Episodes 1 to 3 - note how I use the ORIGINAL number system, you dorks) please for the love of geekdom, upload to http://thepiratebay.se/ right now.
Slashdotters with original copies - you are our only hope!
My Dad was reading some of those old 1990's cyber-spy-crime-somethinginternet novels recently (think 'Len Deighton' approved, etc.).
He put down one of the books one day and asked me: "How the hell could someone hack into the CIA??" and I said, "Dad, that was like, 30 years ago. Facebook knows more about your life now than the KGB could ever have."
He acted like he knew what I was talking about and continued reading. Later on, he asked me why Virtual Reality hadn't been used in the Gulf War because that would surely have saved lives.
- Ubiquitous video cameras = ubiquitous surveillance society. *UN-INVENTED
- Nuclear Bombs: AK-47s have killed more people than nuclear weapons and if it hadn't been for Mutually Assured Destruction, they'd have killed many many more. Besides, we need nukes for when the alien zombies show up.
- The internet: Only an evil madman would un-invent the net.
- Cell phones: If you have a problem with these, you don't know how to use them properly.
- Computer mouse: Just try using a PC without one, smartguy.
- Social media: Can just be ignored.
- Physical media: I'm betting that all those 'cloud solution' outfits, the authorities at large, the MAFIAA and everyone who wants to rent you your music wishes they could un-invent this. Me, I'm sticking with my DVDs.
Back when they invented steampower, what happened wasn't that the aristocrats partied joyously with the peasants and everyone had easier, richer lives. What happened was the immediate discarding of tens of thousands from the employment markets, followed by economic migrancy, social and political unrest, the rise of communism, and a lot more besides.
Clearly a dumb move, but when have greedy power-elites ever been any different?
Now I for one would welcome our new robot overlords, if I could only be sure that the vampires (like, the IMF) overseeing the new order would just share the wealth and let people get on with the things they really want to do with their lives. Travelling, art, education, exploring inner and outer space, a lot more besides.
Why should anyone have to work for a decent standard of living anymore? It's the goddamn 21st century already!
(Hmm... just realised that we could be looking at a robot-apocalypse engineered by vampires. I gotta go talk to a publisher.)
Anyway look, go and read this guy.
I've seen for a while now how optical media is dying. For years we've had double-layer drives in our machines (another feature for the salesman to pitch) but the price of double-layer discs has always been kept artificially high. So high, that no-one reaIly uses that function. In a store near me I can buy 25 DVD-Rs for €15, or 5 double-layer DVD-Rs for €30. Clearly, a last gasp attempt by big media to stave off DVD movie copying. But at least I can still do that. Physical copies are always better than the cloud and walled garden approved software but try telling that to someone who only sees in "new shiny-vision" and treats hardware releases like new season fashion collections.
I had a massive rant one night at a party at a developer from an Irish 'app' (totally totally hate that term but anyway) studio who kept gushing on and on about Apple's App Store. I swear, I wanted to punch him.
Only a moron would go into business with Apple, who control everything that goes through their store like the Stasi approving your grocery shopping. Their business rates are completely locked in and totally uncompetitive but guys like him are in a trance because they think they're in some kind of special club.
Bollox. It's a cult. Call the Germans and tell them to shut it down.
Well I know most Slashdotters know this already. The thing is, while walled gardens have been around for a long time (ISPs are notorious for using them), Apple's Sith Empire-like success has legitimised the practice in the eyes of many businesses and politicians. It's an extension of the evil safety culture that wants us to remain indoors, and keep shopping.
Support free, open software and look into buying a DVD pressing machine.
...not online. Not an agency or just through friends. I turned around to ask a girl if she knew of a cigarette machine and 2 hours later, we were still talking. 4 hours later, we were weaving our way up Camden Street groping each other and giving tongue.
3 months later, I still love this gal. Our texts to each other are like this:
Me: Hey, how was your day in the foreign intelligence agency? I'm going to pick you up outside the embassy (when are you going to tell me what you really do there?
Her: Ya had nice day all went well wit sbjct X actualy hav evening 2 mself, tidying! lol. Hav 2 meet boss contct 2m so hav 2 prtend am tidy no strngs etc. PsykWrfr101. Will B @ rndvu usual plce. XXX
Guys (and girls), how could I resist a woman with such sweet charms? She texts like a poetess. Should I ask her to marry me now or when we meet her parents in Tel Aviv?
Anyone who bought Ultima Underworld or Ultima VII back in the early 1990s got specific instructions on dealing with memory allocation issues and boot-sequence protocols in the in-game manual. Along with game instructions and a fairly detailed world history.
That's an education, my friend.
These days, manuals (pamphlets!) spend more text reinforcing your legal obligations pertaining to epilepsy, obesity and the concerns of religious puritans than they do on the fucking controls!
Consoles haven't dumbed down gaming (buy an old Megadrive for proof) - console MAKERS have dumbed down gaming!
I'd like to add: Come On Down Sony! - content with spending millions of their shareholders' profits on persecuting emulator engineers than on.... preserving the media those shareholders' dividends depend on.
I haven't played it since and wonder if my chances against the Skynet armies are better than most of ye.