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Comment Re:Terminology != Reality (Score 1) 292

Those of us under the age of 40 can conceptualize this "brave new world" quite well

I'd rather hypothesize that the ability to "conceptualize" is based on degree of education and ability to learning (think life long). Besides, "newromantic" would be a better adjective, as WE (hint: Semjatin) do more likely live in a more dystopian world.

Given that the idea of 'cyberspace' was coined in the mid 80ies and that a book on the history of networking was written as early as 1990 (The Matrix: Computer Networks and Conferencing Systems Worldwide; John Quarterman), your age related statements have to be qualified as ignorant at best, if not discriminatory.


Comment Re:No. (Score 4, Informative) 292

But it's not 1993 anymore.

Just to put time into perspective.

Wikipedia:"The word "cyberspace" (from cybernetics and space) was coined by science fiction novelist and seminal cyberpunk author William Gibson in his 1982 story "Burning Chrome" and popularized by his 1984 novel Neuromancer."

That what we have today does in no way resemble what was envisioned then, thus the use of the term, to me, just denotes ignorance.


Comment Re:Barbara Streisand Effect? (Score 1) 700

Tesla being crybabies

You beat me to it.

For those who do not recall: "An English court has once again told Tesla Motors to take a hike and dismissed the automaker’s latest libel charge against the BBC, producer of the wildly popular (and equally irreverent) program Top Gear.

Tesla Motors sued the BBC in March, arguing Jeremy Clarkson and his Top Gear cohorts defamed the company by claiming the Roadster achieved a paltry 55 miles of range on the show’s test track. That is significantly less than the 200 miles or more Tesla claims for the car." ( )

Also interesting: "Tesla Motors' Devastating Design Problem"

Quote: "When a Tesla battery does reach total discharge, it cannot be recovered and must be entirely replaced. Unlike a normal car battery, the best-case replacement cost of the Tesla battery is currently at least $32,000, not including labor and taxes that can add thousands more to the cost." ( )

Not yet the time to buy one ... :)


Comment Re:Done right (Score 1) 120

Unicomp seems to be well off, Wikipedia: "Recently, Unicomp has begun expanding their product line. Due to customer demand showing that this was no longer a special request, Unicomp now sells beige, black, and colored key caps, with printing and without. In addition, Unicomp sells replacement parts for older IBM/Lexmark keyboards, and will repair just about any keyboard manufactured by themselves, IBM, or Lexmark." (emphasis mine)

No wonder if you are based on the Model M (I own two, both from the beginning of the 90ies).


Comment Re:Indeed, you follow the money, you find the crim (Score 1) 146

Go to a financial power center, find the center of crime. Well dressed, groomed, prepared, by an army specialists in PR, marketing, design, security, privacy, and secrecy. But it is laying around there, somewhere. Most surely, the evidence and main coverup is in the security, legal, and accounting divisions. Enron was never alone.

Bad thing that the criminals are those who are seen as successful. Somehow, values clarification did not work in the past century (so the starting point, strangely, coincides with the establishment of the Federal Reserve System - no, i will not mention the air of the "Elders of Zion" - forgery or not - except in a side note).


Comment TLAs (Score 1) 146

I recall that there were rumours that TLAs scanned e-mails for certain keywords which gave birth to sigsalikes containing lists of them. I am too lazy to determine the time this was (can't remember exactly, perhaps a decade ago), but I think the Chinese were not (really) on the net yet, thus did not invent the path to destroy privacy.


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