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Comment Re:Obviously it has... (Score 1) 712

"Therefore, the only way to maintain the existing economic pyramid is to slow down the pace of technology until such time as other social controls (e.g. consumer debt) can become more effective."
And who exactly made the decision to slow down the pace? How did they communicate this decision, in a binding way to everyone else? How do they prevent people not directly under their control from innovating themselves? Why did they open of vast information sources like the Internet, and make them searchable, if they are trying to impede progress?
"No one" decided, yet everyone abided. It is the same way with everything else. "Who exactly decided that women would get paid less for the same work as men? How did they communicate this decision, in a binding way to everyone else?" "Who exactly decided that disproportionate numbers of blacks would be sent to prison for the same non-violent crimes committed by whites?" "Who exactly decided that blue jeans are acceptable attire for most white-collar work?" "Who exactly decided that athletics will be supported more than arts and sciences in American public schools?" "Who exactly decided that subdivisions will be built to hinder the use of public transit?"

Everyone abided? Why has the gap between men and women employment and wages consistently narrowed over the past several generations? Blue jeans as workplace attire have an affect on progress? Show me when arts and sciences ever received more funding than athletics.

Comment Re:Resources are finite (Score 1) 712

It seems the author has lumped everything that is computer related into one single "invention". This is a shame, for computer science has come a long way and has invented many new things that the general populace makes much use of but has no recognition of it - Object Oriented Programming for example. Kurzweil ( does a lot of work to show that the pace of invention is indeed linear, but that the effect is exponential.

Comment Re:Let's get this straight... (Score 1) 278

It's not the money exchange that should concern you, it should be the quality of the products being pushed. Symantec and McAfee are among the worst bloat ware being put on new machines and generally need to be uninstalled before the new pc you just got begins to run like a good machine should. On top of that, the software that comes preinstalled on new pcs is generally useless and rarely used by the end user. Google Chrome as the default browser offers a slick bit of software that will be directly used by the end user nearly every time the pc is booted. Why does the fact that Google paid to get the software there negate its usefulness?

Comment Re:Hibernation? (Score 1) 440

Hibernating is turning it off, the difference is that it restores the state of the OS instead of having to boot from scratch. Standby puts the machine into a low power consumption state. Hibernation is superior to standby for power savings and equal to shutting it off. And in my experience, standby isn't very reliable (usually forced to do a clean boot when it fails on start up), and resuming from hibernation is much faster than a clean boot.

Comment Re:Space travel etc. (Score 1) 501

I disagree with you completely! I work as a computer tech and I have to say that people do NOT adapt very well. Stick a middle aged craftsman in front of a computer and tell him this is how people do their jobs now and he will fumble around and not really have any idea what is going on, UNTIL HE RETIRES! He'll get by, but never will he be comfortable. Young people that have not yet acquired their preferred place in this world have no problems. That, however, is what young people are meant to do - explore and find their place. Exploring requires an element of adaption. If you resurrected an ancient Sumerian young adult, sure he may adapt well after a few years. Resurrect an ancient Sumerian in his late 40s and you'll never see him fully adapt.

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