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How the Internet Didn't Fail As Predicted 259

Posted by samzenpus
from the series-of-popular-tubes dept.
Lord Byron Eee PC writes "Newsweek is carrying a navel-gazing piece on how wrong they were when in 1995 they published a story about how the Internet would fail. The original article states, 'Nicholas Negroponte, director of the MIT Media Lab, predicts that we'll soon buy books and newspapers straight over the Intenet. Uh, sure.' The article continues to say that online shopping will never happen, that airline tickets won't be purchased over the web, and that newspapers have nothing to fear. It's an interesting look back at a time when the Internet was still a novelty and not yet a necessity."

Comment: Re:Problems with the US Temperature Record (Score 1) 1057

by wagnerer (#28499785) Attached to: EPA Quashed Report Skeptical of Global Warming

Comparing two locations in Hawaii for temperature doesn't give you much. Those two locations are in different climate zones. It can pour rain for a week on one part of Oahu without a drop falling on another. In Hawaii weather is extremely dependent on location. Your assumption that they actually have the same temperature is just plain wrong.

Comment: Re:Phone Economics? (Score 4, Insightful) 174

by wagnerer (#27284703) Attached to: Dell's Smartphone Rejected — Too Dull

Your behavior just hi-lights the fact that you don't understand the economics. A portion of that monthly service payment to the carrier either goes to pay off the cost of the phone subsidy or directly to the carriers profit line. At the very least get one of the free phones with it to keep as a back-up. If you don't want it then donate it to charity. But I'm sure the AT&T stockholders appreciate your contribution to their dividend checks.

Comment: Re:African Americans are overwhelmingly homophobic (Score 1) 1486

by wagnerer (#25684563) Attached to: Obama Launches

Frankly I have to wonder why marriage is a legal institution. It's a religious ceremony! It's obviously not for reproduction, look how many people manage that without marriage and that's the only reason I can see the state getting involved.

A court should just ban marriage on account of its being a state recognized religious event and make everyone get civil unions. Keep there 'traditional' marriages in the churches where they belong.

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