Don't let Khan near anything.
If it breeds, it can take over your ship.
Sleeping with the test proctor will let you beat the no-win scenario.
If you have a bad feeling about something, it's a trap.
Don't let Khan near anything.
Mossberg's list is pretty good, but a little too device-centric for my tastes. Some of the broader improvements in technology weren't specific to particular devices:
1) The Web Browser
Tim Berners-Lee's Nexus -> NCSA Mosaic -> Netscape
How we first look for info on any topic moved from rummaging in card catalogs and old encyclopedias to an online way to read about anything. Browsers are everywhere from the desktop to phones to TVs and game consoles.
2) Search Engines
AltaVista -> Yahoo -> Google
The cream of the web was only to rise to the top with the help of search engines. Early books about the web included specific URLs on various topics.
3) Non-Dial-Up Internet
DSL / Cable -> Fiber
The web became much more capable with increased end-user bandwidth. Media available online today was only possible because of bigger pipes, without it we'd not have YouTube, Netflix, or torrents.
4) Windows 95
DOS Shell -> Windows 3.x -> Windows 95
The first modern Windows had its flaws, but the interface changed how the average end user accessed his computer. The GUI was simple enough to push OS/2 out of the market and let Microsoft dominate the desktop for the next 15 years.
5) Microsoft Office
VisiCalc -> Lotus 123 -> Microsoft Excel
Having a single package that allowed every business user write documents, spreadsheets, and email made the computer indispensable both at work and at home. It is a cash-cow that powers Microsoft to this day.
6) Windows XP
Windows NT -> Windows 2000 -> Windows XP
The relative stability of NT-based Windows came onto the public's computers over a decade ago and is still marching on as its End of Life is on the horizon. Thanks in part to hardware advances, XP meant computers were still useful for longer periods than they were previously.
Palm -> BlackBerry -> iPhone -> Android
In a mirror of so many other young industries, early devices were not standardized, but the potential for something great was there. BlackBerry's killer app of push email made the smartphone professionally useful for the first time. The iPhone made it cool.
8) Digital Music
The cassette tape, record stores, and even the CD have started to become things only for old people. With high-speed internet, file sharing and early MP3 players, most radio of the future will be done online.
9) Social Media
Geocities -> Friendster -> MySpace -> Facebook
Facebook and Twitter made sharing minor updates and day-to-day events into community discussion, without having to know HTML.
It's cheaper than Windows, and goes more places, even your toaster. It may be under the hood to end users, but it's there, more ubiquitous than Intel processors.
Our duopoly of political parties are two sides to the same coin.
I don't think pulling people over for research is a reasonable use of police power. Actual enforcement, maybe, but not for research.
It started with 'sobriety checkpoints' and 'Are you a citizen' roadblocks in the Constitition Free Zone within 100 miles of our borders. We used to mock the USSR over 'papers please' and now we do it ourselves. This is not going to end well.
The police work around our rights using intimidation, which is a form of terrorism. It doesn't help it's legal for them to lie to us, but illegal for us to lie to them.
At least then we wouldn't have both political parties trying to claim him for contemporary purposes.
In this world, we only have red pills and blue pills. Wonder what happens if you take both?
Another defense of the Obama administration has attributed the troubled rollout of Obamacare to the obstruction of Republican governors who wanted to see the law fail as well as a lack of funding.
In the tiered form of American government, states cannot merely be told to do something by the federal government in most cases. This is why highway money is tied to specific road laws (seatbelts, etc), because the federal government has to financially coerce states into action (or losing tax dollars). How the Affordable Care Act doesn't have this coercion, I can only guess.
Americans are reactive, Europeans are proactive. We're just waiting for Nokia to actually screw up to do anything.
Is it OK for streaming communication (YouTube, Netflix) or online gaming (StarCraft 2, FPS) to take precedence over email?
By voting for which party in our political duopoly? The whole American political system is a mess because with the two entrenched parties, there is almost no ballot space for new ideas.
And they're all available only in Comic Sans.
Can we please stop posting articles about having more women in STEM. It will never be 50/50 and won't ever get much higher than it is now. It is what it is.
Then why was the ratio closer decades ago?
Some of the best database and analytics people I've had the honor of working with are women, and wouldn't be surprised if their gender gives them an advantage at times.
Considering the average kid is more comfortable using new technology, this isn't a bad idea.
Was this an old line, formerly state owned telephone company killing a service that competed with its main business, or just an unsuccessful acquisition being put down?
As an American, I had never heard of this particular service.