I still want to read it!!!! I love Stross' work and I imagine his 3rd installment would still be a good read, regardless of real world applicability.
As a fellow rider, plusfuckityplus.
That's Bukkake. Although, that might be entertaining to watch, as well.
I've got a small stack of PS3 (and PS2) games that I've yet to play, and with my first gen PS3 that I picked up for cheap a few months back, I think I'm good until the first PS4 revision comes out.
I remember a test I had in Geography from Middle School:
"If you are standing on the North Pole and turn left, what direction are you facing? If you turn left again, what direction are you facing now?" I, of course, assumed this was a "trick" question, so I answered "South". I was marked incorrect. I argued my case, the teacher/coach couldn't follow the argument, and I made less of an A than I usually got, because the Coach said "well, no one else had problems with the question. You're so smart you ain't got no common sense." I'm still irritated at that to this day.
Khan has a unique genetic marker that could be identified in a DNA test: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/11/science/a-prolific-genghis-khan-it-seems-helped-people-the-world.html
That would at least narrow him down to his family, if found.
I always thought, though, that Genghis chose a "true" Mongol's burial: dragged on a pallet up a mountain, left where his body slid off the pallet and then fair game for all the critters of the wild to pick clean...
I don't see why they can't though. You still need specialized construction crews for drilling, excavating, and building the various chambers, etc, all things that people like Halliburton love to do. You still need miles and miles of copper and fiber for power and data, all things that billionaire owned communications companies would love to provide. You still need lots of sensors to be engineered and built, and then installed by contractors who make a fraction of their billable rate. I mean, I know what you're saying, but the key is you have to pitch it to the 1% correctly. "See, Bob, all you have to do is bid $5 billion dollars on this project, but with cost overruns and the like *wink wink*, you will actually end up getting about $50 billion dollars... I mean, you did a great job doing that with the new stealth fighter, right?"
I'm suddenly very sad.
The big coffee-table picture books will still be around (looking at some of the beautiful photography in those books is lost on an 8.9" kindle screen). I also think technical books will remain viable in print (I've got a handful of dev-related books on my kindle, and I've invariably bought the printed versions where available). I also still insist on buy DVD/BluRays, mainly because I don't like the Netflix availability (although I do use it), but also seem to be in the mood to watch movies when my internet connection goes down.
The market is dwindling, I grant you, but there are niches where I think physical books will remain relevant. Maybe we'll see bookstores dwindle in size to become like a magazine stand or similar.
We'll just purchase it from Google/Facebook since everyone's so keen on posting up everything they do in their lives everywhere.
Just a minor nitpick, but I used to think the Tea Party had genuine grassroots, as well, but:
Now I'm not so sure.
Indeed. Much of what makes his later works unique is that he was constantly pushing the boundaries of "architectural" norm. Cantilevers were unheard of, using concrete in the manner he used it was unheard of, etc. Someone has to forge the path and make the mistakes for everyone else to follow behind and improve. Just take a look at your own code. The first time you tried to implement something? I bet it was garbage. The difference is, your code is a recompile away, a building, not so much. These days with computer models and what not, it's much easier to test without having to put up the first wall.
And I still can't get dual screens to work reliably/painlessly. Sigh.
COMPETITION IS GOOD.
I'd love to see MIPS make a comeback. I've been looking for one of the looongson (?) netbooks for awhile now, just so I can have a MIPS Linux box to play with, but those seem hard to come by.
I dunno. Maybe they know exactly what they're doing (milking the
I remember having a Number(N)ine card back in the day (an Intergraph card?). It was a little obscure but came with the territory (I think that was the card I paired with a Gravis Ultrasound, as well). Good to see someone using that tech again.