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First XMas post (-1, Offtopic)

Compact Dick (518888) | more than 9 years ago | (#11178930)

Kids, Santa does not exist!

Re:First XMas post (0, Offtopic)

eneville (745111) | more than 9 years ago | (#11178934)

I want one for XMAS anyway!

Re:First XMas post (-1, Offtopic)

hedgehog2097 (688249) | more than 9 years ago | (#11178946)

Happy Festivus!

Re:First XMas post (0, Offtopic)

Dance_Dance_Karnov (793804) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179178)

festivus was yesterday

A Christmas Pony (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11178931)

by Grr Raoul Leash

Everything was silent that Christmas Eve. Only the lightly falling snow
that decorated the landscape seemed to exhibit life. The children of the
Streamer family had gone to bed early in hopes that Santa would come. Tom
Streamer and his lovely wife Laura were snuggled in each other's arms,
anticipating the joyous laughter that soon will fill the Midwestern farmhouse
as it did each Christmas before. Laura was asleep but Tom was engrossed in
thought.

Tom had promised himself that this year's drought and its devastating
effects on his family's income would not spoil this Christmas for his children.
But the lack of revenue made it impossible for him to buy the one thing his
children wanted so desperately: a pony. All Midwestern farm kids, except his,
had ponies to ride and Tom felt a sense of guilt not being able to afford one.

Tom looked over towards Laura. He then realized he was a lucky man to
have such a beautiful and adoring family. His fifteen year old son, Jimmy, had
made All American in just his freshman year of high school. His thirteen year
old daughter, Amy, was fast becoming a remarkable woman.

Without warning, Tom's thoughts were interrupted by a loud crash coming
from the roof of the two-story wood framed house. Startled, Laura woke to hear
the supports in the attic creak under the strain of something heavy.

"What is it?" Laura asked, wiping the sleep from her eyes.

"I don't know," Tom replied, moving quickly out of bed and putting on a
robe. "Let's find out."

Laura followed Tom's lead while also slipping on a robe.

As they scampered out of the master bedroom, they were greeted in the
hallway by Jimmy and Amy.

"Is that Santa?" Amy asked.

Jimmy said, "I don't think so, Amy. But I'm ready for anything."

Tom and Laura laughed as Jimmy knifed his hands through the air. He was
taking Karate lessons at the local YMCA and was anxious to demonstrate his
newfound skill. Amy and Jimmy soon followed their parent's laughter with
snickers of their own.

"Come on, 'Karate Kid.' Let's see what's going on," Tom said, grinning
while ruffling his right hand through Jimmy's thick curly hair.

The family followed the creaking sound along the rafters.

"It seems to be heading towards the chimney," Laura said perplexed.

"It is Santa!" Amy exclaimed.

"Don't jump to conclusions just yet young lady," Tom said with a fake
scowl on his face. "The fireplace is lit. Maybe it's an animal that got on
the roof from a nearby tree and wants to get close to the heat coming from the
chimney. It's cold outside you know."

"By the sound of it, it's a pretty *BIG* animal don't you think, Dad?"
Jimmy went back to making Karate chops again.

They huddled around the top of the staircase, crouching down to get the
full view of the roaring fire in the fireplace, wondering what the source of
the sound on the roof was going to do next.

All of a sudden the fire in the fireplace blew out with a whooshing sound.
But just as suddenly, the fire roared back to life. The four of them gasped.
There, standing in front of the fireplace, was a very large man with a white
beard dressed in a red suit, wearing gloves and a cap and stroking the head of
a magnificent pony!

"Ho ho ho," the jolly old man chuckled. "Wasn't that fun?" the man asked
the beast. The pony nodded his head up and down as if to agree.

"That *IS* Santa," Tom whispered, bewildered.

The four bodies at the top of the stairs stole quick glances at each other
then just as quickly returned their gaze towards the scene that was taking
place in the living room.

"I'd better get you ready for the children," the jolly man said with a
twinkle in his eye. He moved without delay towards the far side of the
handsome animal and fell to his knees with a loud plop. The pony was parallel
to the fireplace and the big man was in between them. The reddish orange glow
cast forth from the flames complimented the rosy cheeks of the warm-hearted
man. The fire being near the floor illuminated the underside of the well
muscled beast. It was a stallion!

Santa took off his gloves, neatly folded them together, then deposited
them in one of his coat pockets. He stroked his left hand lightly along the
backside of the pony's resilient ass muscles, periodically fingering the
steed's puckering asshole. He used his right hand to massage and knead the
pony's huge balls in small circles, like a skilled juggler handling a pair of
baseballs in one hand.

"Ho ho! I see you trying to poke out," Santa said with a stout laugh. He
flicked his tongue around the inside of the ring of thick skin. The pony
raised his head and shook it from side to side causing his mane to wave
majestically as if flowing in an imaginary wind.

"You love it, don't you boy?" Santa asked the pony. The pony responded by
popping the cockhead out through the first fold ring and telescoping the meaty
shaft another four inches.

"A sex horse!" Laura whispered in subdued excitement.

"Yeah! Just what I really wanted for Christmas," Jimmy mused without
realizing that he was thinking out loud.

"You too?" Amy asked surprised.

Tom looked at Laura. Stunned, they both looked at the two children. They
had discussed the topic of sex with their children but only on a basic level.
They were very pleased to learn that Amy and Jimmy had taken a healthy attitude
towards sex in general and towards sex with animals in particular.

Tom and Laura confessed that they too wanted to have a sex horse. But
they were afraid of what the children might think if they'd ever found out.

"Don't worry, Mom and Dad. I've wanted one for a couple of years now.
You see this won't go away half the time," Jimmy said pointing to the big lump
in his pajamas. "And you and Mom won't allow Amy or me to have human sex until
we're eighteen. I fully understand your reasons why. So that's when I came up
with the idea of having sex with animals. I can learn about sex, have a great
time at it, and won't get some girl pregnant!"

"Me too!" chimed Amy. Amy blushed realizing not all of what Jimmy said
applied to her - that girls can't get girls pregnant. The others chuckled.
"You know what I mean. One of the girls at school has a pony that she fucks
with all the time and she doesn't worry about getting knocked up by the horse -
'cause animals can't get humans pregnant." Again Tom looked stunned at Laura.
But they shrugged their shoulders in unison. After all, Amy had become a
level-headed young woman and deserved the freedom to express herself in the way
she saw appropriate for the occasion.

"Jimmy, are you disappointed that it's a male pony?" asked Tom.

"Heck no, Dad. I'd love to suck on a cock just as well as fuck a pussy
any day."

Again Tom looked at Laura. This time Laura turned the corners of her
mouth down in a matter-of-fact kind of expression. "My, how our children have
grown," she said then laughed.

"Shhhhhhhhhhh," Tom whispered with his index finger sticking straight up
in front of his puckered lips. He couldn't hold back a chuckle himself.
"Let's watch."

The pony's cock pulsed rhythmically up and down in unison with the
stallion's own heartbeat. The shaft grew thicker and stiffer with each passing
second.

Tom was pleasantly surprised that the pony was well cared for. He knew
this by the way the sparkling glow of the fire reflected off the shaft of the
clean cock. If the cock weren't clean it wouldn't have been shiny.

Santa removed his left hand from the stallion's flanks and scooted
sideways towards the pony's front legs. He took off his cap, stuffing it into
an empty pocket, and then positioned himself under the pony so that his back
was supported by the pony's front legs and the pony's cock was directly in
front of his face.

"Ho ho ho," Santa bellowed, his mouth now the right size and shape to suck
the pony's cock deep inside. Santa moved his head and torso forward an inch or
two and stuffed the fist-sized tip of horsecock into his mouth. He slowly
continued his head and torso movement forward, pivoting at the waist. Inch
after solid inch of extremely thick horsecock continued its moist journey into
Santa's well-stretched mouth, the tip scraping his palate and flattening his
tongue. The family members choked as they saw all fifteen inches of horsecock
vanish into Santa's swelling mouth, throat and stomach! Santa's nose invaded
the space formed between the pony's abdomen and the cockshaft within the
sheath, the top of Santa's head tickling the pony's belly in the process.
Still breathing, Santa savored the uniquely animalistic aroma coming from
within the pony's sheath.

The pony slowly exposed half of his spit-slickened love tube, then
abruptly jammed it all back in again. He repeated the action six more times
then left his sex weapon buried to the hilt on the last stroke.

The pony's flanks quivered and his tail waved to and fro as the blissful
steed came violently, planting his scalding hot seed directly into Santa's
stomach. But Santa didn't want to drink all of the pony's horsecum, for he
knew that the family was watching him. He'd staged this exhibition especially
for their benefit. After all, he is Santa and Santa knows all!

Santa tapped the pony on the knees and the pony instantly pulled his cock
out half way, the well lubricated shaft spasming with radiant energy. Santa
sat upright dislodging the stallion's cock from his mouth with a loud squishy
sound. The fist-sized tip, now free, flared to over five inches in diameter
while horsecum hosed Santa's face and beard.

Eagerly, Santa drank the remainder of the stallion's cum. He held the
twitching piece of horseflesh as still as possible while directing the forceful
jets of tasty horsecum into his still-gaping mouth.

When the last of the horsecum shot into Santa's mouth, Santa gulped it
down while smacking his lips several times. Santa worked the dripping horsecum
on his face into the exposed flesh. It gave his skin a healthy glow. The pony
again stood normally while the flared hood of his cock shrank and the shaft
drooped once more.

Santa grabbed the rapidly deflating cock and licked it all over. He
turned and smiled as he looked up the stairs where the sexually electrified
Streamer family was watching.

"Ho ho ho! Take very good care of my boy here! Merry sex-mas to you
all!" he boomed. The fire went out again for a brief moment and once more
re-ignited.

Santa was gone but the magnificent steed remained, his head turned towards
the family. Tom, Laura, Jimmy and Amy each swore they saw a smile on that
pony's face!

Copyright (c) 1994 cDc communications and Grr Raoul Leash
All Rights Reserved. 12/01/1994-#295

More personal? (1, Funny)

neoform (551705) | more than 9 years ago | (#11178932)

Am i the only one who reads that headline and finds some sexual undertones?

Re:More personal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11178993)

I'm concerned about where I have to plug that USB cable.

BAD MODS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11179208)

The comment may be troll, but it is NOT offtopic. May you rot in M2 HELL!

Life Recorder (5, Interesting)

kryogen1x (838672) | more than 9 years ago | (#11178949)

I recently spoke to Microsoft research chief Rick Rashid, who noted, with appropriate awe, that a terabyte of storage now costs about $500. That's enough space to hold every conversation you will ever have from birth to death, or 2000 photographs taken every day of that life, Rashid said. He admitted nobody really knows what such newfound capabilities really mean. Get ready for the life recorder, probably coming soon. It would contain every event from your entire life--probably in video if you want it.

Almost like the Truman Show. But when he says "every conversation," does he mean in audio or in text?

I guess this will be good for biographies. But who would want their life recorded?

Re:Life Recorder (1)

ChickenAintDone (713461) | more than 9 years ago | (#11178958)

I imagine audio, if it can hold 2000 photographs taken everyday.

Re:Life Recorder (2, Insightful)

kryogen1x (838672) | more than 9 years ago | (#11178960)

But at what resolution?

Re:Life Recorder (2, Insightful)

Blapto (839626) | more than 9 years ago | (#11178998)

Say the average man lives 75 years. 75 * 365.24 * 2000 = 54786000 1TB/54786000 = 19.6KB/photo. That's a bit crap really... 200 photos a day is more like it

2000 SMALL photos (3, Informative)

Daniel Ellard (799842) | more than 9 years ago | (#11178989)

Maybe I'm planning to live a bit longer than Rick Rashid, but for me that's 40-50MB per day. Suddenly it sounds more like the size my home directory grows per day day than a detailed history of my life.

Re:Life Recorder (1)

recharged95 (782975) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179011)

does he mean in audio or in text?

With quality, lossy compression, probably both. Life is "fuzzy" anyway when you're thinking about the past ;)

D*mn, from my experience, digital content management (DMMS) was approx. 4 years too early. We were sure ahead of our time back then.

Re:Life Recorder (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11179109)

OK lets say you record your life at 128kbps so the concerts you go to will come out decent at least.

128kbps = 2^17 bits per second = 2^14 bytes per second
1 terabyte = 2^40 bytes
2^40 bytes / 2^14 bytes per second = 2^26 seconds
2^26 seconds / 86400 seconds per day = 776.72 days
776.72 days / 365.25 days per year = 2.1 years.
to get your whole life you either need a lot more terabytes or a really crappy bit rate.

Re:Life Recorder (4, Funny)

liquidpele (663430) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179012)

This will be *great* !
I can rewind my life and proove to my girlfriend that I really did tell her what she thinks I never said.

Re:Life Recorder (1)

michaeldot (751590) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179104)

But what if she grabs it off you and goes *further* back to see your past girlfriends...!

Re:Life Recorder (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11179228)

Uh, so what?

Of more interest would be if she played forward and saw other *current* girlfriends.

Re:Life Recorder (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11179342)


This "girlfriend" thing you speak of.... I do not know it. Is there a wikipedia entry on it?

Re:Life Recorder (5, Funny)

jbfaninmo (540470) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179131)

A Slashdotter with a girlfriend. We are going to need the video evidence to prove that!

Re:Life Recorder (1)

Rirath.com (807148) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179143)

No good... I've used IM logs of past conversations with gals before, and it never works. Facts are just silly little geek things that get in the way of their never-failing 'logic'.

Re:Life Recorder (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11179311)

IM logs almost ruined my current relationship a while back. We agreed to not keep logs after that and I stopped using IM shortly thereafter due to the loss of meaningful information inherent in that mode of communication. I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot of people saying "ooh, I'll be able to look back and remember blah blah blah forever with new technologies" but in reality, the only logs that are meaningful are the ones we keep emotionally. Witness the people who go to an event with their eyes glued to camcorder viewfinders; they are so concerned with not losing the past that they never fully experience the present. The only true benefactors of enhanced logging ability will be historians and governments. The governments especially are going to love it and use it at the expense of our society. Soon, even the people who currently say things like "if you aren't doing anything wrong you have nothing to worry about" will change their tune when every detail of their lives is recorded somewhere. We will see technology used as a replacement for human witnesses; there are good and bad sides to that, but humanity is definitely in for a shock.

Re:Life Recorder (1)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179025)

I guess this will be good for biographies.

Better read it quick. Unless it's made out of glass and gold, the medium won't last very long. For biographies and other archiving, you better stick to paper, film, or vinyl. Maybe soon we will have digital devices that will last 75 years or more, but it's not here yet.

Re:Life Recorder (1)

ArturNT (836824) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179045)

Wooow that is quite personal. I don't i'm still waiting for a personal computer with a keyboard that will massage my feet, and a mouse that will scratch my butt at the same time.

Text vs. Audio (4, Interesting)

NoMoreNicksLeft (516230) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179071)

With ideal compression, they are technically the same. Add some metadata that explains tone of voice, pacing, rhythum, cadence... 100 megs worth of samples of your voice. Why record the actual waveforms when they could be synthesized with a decent level of fidelity to the original?

I guess the only limiting factor at all, would be whether cpu performance increases more than storage in the coming years.

Re:Text vs. Audio (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11179240)

Nonsense.

A spoken phrase contains tons more information than the words used.

"hi" can mean anything from "go away" to "good to see you" to "great to see you" to "i love you" to "i want to have sex with you right now" depending on how it's said.

"Yes" can mean "yes with 100% certainty" or "I think so" or "I disagree but I'll go along with your opinion" depending on how it is said.

Sarcasm, enthusiasm, mockery, degrees of understanding and confidence are all components of audio that are missing in text.

You can carry on an entire side of a conversation with the phrase "um hmm" in different tones. In text that would compress very well. In voice, it better not lose the added info.

Re:Text vs. Audio (1)

NoMoreNicksLeft (516230) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179292)

Nice troll. Made me hit the parent link, thinking I brainfarted and forgot to include the important points of my idea.

But no, I said metadata. In particular, I said metadata that describes exactly the kinds of things you pointed out. Duh.

Re:Text vs. Audio (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11179327)

Grandparent was probably referring to using a voice/telephone class codec instead of a more general purpose MP3 codec. The difference is that voice codecs are designed around sounds that are typically generated during speech instead of musical performances. For example, Google for "CELP" style codecs which have bitrates in the 4-16kbits/sec (for mono and audio bandwidths of ~8KHz instead of the typical 16-20KHz).

A more general question is whether you only want to capture the speech instead of everything. Having a full audio record of the last movie or CD you experienced.

Make it mandotory for all politicians (1)

cheekyboy (598084) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179072)

if only they make it mandatory for all politians then we would have 100% accountability

Re:Life Recorder (4, Funny)

DoraLives (622001) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179074)

But who would want their life recorded?

Everybody except those interesting people that anybody else would actually give a shit about.

Re:Life Recorder (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11179105)

You mean there are people whose lives are actually interesting? I find that hard to believe after watching (half awake) a show about movie stars. Boring as fuck.

Re:Life Recorder (2, Interesting)

eofpi (743493) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179239)

...and those who understand that this is functionally no different from the Viewscreens in 1984. I'll pass on this idea, thankyouverymuch.

My fear and my hope (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11179098)

My fear is that people will start doing this and then it will be possible to subpoena the information.

My *hope* would be that the courts would understand that to record your life in this much detail is essentially an extension of memory, and that there should be some criterion for a device which is included under the laws which prevent you from testifying against yourself.

You might be quite innocent, but if you are suspected of having committed a crime in a two month period with probable cause, the conequences of having someone have every second of that period might be socially disastrous.

I highly doubt the courts will understand.

Re:My fear and my hope (1)

DoraLives (622001) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179193)

My fear is that people will start doing this and then it will be possible to subpoena the information.

Too funny! The idiots will be going around, black boxing themselves !

Rely on it to happen.

Why? (1)

Urger (817972) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179338)

While on one hand I am horrified by the idea of a device recording everymove I make, every conversation I have, and would not use a device of this nature of own free will, I do see some use for these devices. I see life recording technology as usefull for those affected by alzheimer's, as a sort of reminder system, queing them in as to who people they are interacting with are, or reminding them to take medication. As for myself, as long as my God given memory works, I see no need to upgrade.

PC of the future (1)

elh_inny (557966) | more than 9 years ago | (#11178951)

I suppose it's gonna be small, probably wearable and very integrated with our senses. Typing everything on a keyboard is so passe...
And next thing worth considering is that we will have a programmable microprocessor in almost every device that we use and with IPv6 it can have it own Internet address...
So many possibilities arise, I think these times are quite good to live in as it is still quite easy to innovate.
On the other hand tools to develop ideas are lagging behind, if or when we break that barrier creation is going to become easier than ever and therefore not as valued as right now.
With machines doing most of the gruntwork it can either go bad or it can grow pretty nicely.
I just don't think human body is fit for that, however.

Re:PC of the future (1)

spitefulcrow (713858) | more than 9 years ago | (#11178999)

We need to figure out a new display technology before wearable computers will work. The laser beam that scans across the retina seems like a good possibility. Until then, however, I don't want a mobile communications platform because of the impossibility of reading web pages on a 2" LCD.

Re:PC of the future (1)

elh_inny (557966) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179052)

I couldn't agree more, actually I hope for something more advanced than that, a direct neural interface perhaps?
And you're talking about output, but I think that input is much more of a concern. After all I can imagine someone having an LCD screen in front of his face and stil being able to walk, ride, drive, whatever, but if you need to write something, an email or atricle or some code you either have to go with the keyboard which is big and clunky if you want it comfortable or perhaps with voice recognition which is not feasible in public places IMHO even it worked like it, should which is not the case. The truth is that up to date there is no good input method for very portable computers.

Re:PC of the future (1)

dabigpaybackski (772131) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179147)

After all I can imagine someone having an LCD screen in front of his face and stil being able to walk, ride, drive, whatever, but if you need to write something, an email or atricle or some code you either have to go with the keyboard which is big and clunky if you want it comfortable...

I can imagine that too, and I can also imagine the conversations between these digital ultra-multitaskers and the cops while they're explaining what caused them to lose control of their Escalade and plow into the phone booth, or worse.

"Oh goodnes, I am sooo sorry, I was--well, I'm a little embarrassed to say this--but I was instant messaging my friend on the holographic keyboard while driving through the intersection, and this truck just came out of nowhere..." 'Cause things like this will happen as the technology progresses. Nevertheless, the VR-type input and display devices we're talking about will be incredibly useful in the office and the home. I can see warehouse people running around using them for inventory-related applications. Actually, I can see trainloads of yuppies pecking and gesturing at the air in front of them with keyboard gloves, all but oblivous to their surroundings. I'm not being critical of people who want to increase their productivity or anything, but I forsee the ubiquity of computers leading to varieties of social behavior that make the cell-phone culture seem positively normal by comparison. Merry Christmas.

Re:PC of the future (1)

AstroDrabb (534369) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179119)

I think we will have the "PC of the future" before we have the "storage of the future". How will we store all this data? We currently do not have any consumer level storage that can last 70+ years. CD and DVD don't last 70+ years and hard disks don't even come close.

The only current possiblities are paper, film or vinyl. Maybe everyone could pay some company to store the data and handle copying the data to new disks every so many years? I just don't see any data storage technology on the horizon that could handle a "life recorder".

Re:PC of the future (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11179249)

It's silly to think that the identical physical material will be preserved instead of the bits.

Gmail, Geocities, and plenty of other services are consumer-level storage devices that will last 70+ years; as is usenet.

Sure, my files may not be on the same 5" floppy drive that they started on; but that doesn't mean they won't still exist in 70 years (if I make it that long).

Re:PC of the future (1)

Audacious (611811) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179141)

Try installing a microcomputer into your brain. At the sizes that everything currently is at (and that is likely soon to become even smaller) a microcomputer could have enough of a charge to run off of the currents within your brain. Once that is achieved, it makes sense to install a microcomputer (all on one die chip including over a GB of RAM and, who know, maybe even a TB of chemical memory) directly into the brain. Like some science fiction stories of old (and the film The Matrix showed), the base of the brainstem would be an ideal place to locate an ethernet connection would be where the bitstream is closest to the computer (but not invasive into the skull).

Has anyone else noticed that we already have a solution which you can live and breath in and in which nutrients can be stored and used? We presently use it to allow divers to go further underwater than they ever have before. But doesn't that make you wonder just how close we really are to a Matrix-like life? Hmmmmmmm..... :-/

pc's (0, Offtopic)

mike1957 (843346) | more than 9 years ago | (#11178952)

PC's will continue to be commoditized - expect $100 versions soon with all the connectors and wireless et al...

The world is getting sick (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11178957)

I think all the big companies should reconsider producing products that change the world into a science fiction like place. It is sick and disgusting.

P.C.? (2)

eobanb (823187) | more than 9 years ago | (#11178959)

Surely no one actually puts periods in PC, as in "P.C."?

Re:P.C.? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11178976)

At least the submitter didn't say "The Future of the IBM PC Compatible

Re:P.C.? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11179035)

Probably not, but don't call me Shirley.

Merry Christmas (-1, Offtopic)

Nine Tenths of The W (829559) | more than 9 years ago | (#11178966)

Utterly offtopic, but erry Christmas from the UK

Re:Merry Christmas (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11179017)

I'm sorry, but here in America, the ACLU sues the socks off of anyone who has the temerity to greet anyone else with those words.

On the other hand, I'm posting anonymously, so I'm sending a friendly "Merry Christmas" right back at ya from across the pond!

Storage space (5, Funny)

BabyJaysus (808429) | more than 9 years ago | (#11178968)

I recently spoke to Microsoft research chief Rick Rashid, who noted, with appropriate awe, that a terabyte of storage now costs about $500. That's enough space to hold every conversation you will ever have from birth to death, ...
Maybe, but certainly not in MS Word format!

The PC will Never Die. (3, Insightful)

VisualPolitics (843083) | more than 9 years ago | (#11178969)

The thin-client/application-server model that scott mcnealy evangelized can't give me the privacy, immediate availability and control I must have. Don't get me wrong, I use lots of online applications and lots of computers which act essentially as mere terminals, but I'll always have a personal computer. I expect I'll be wearing an all-purpose computer in the future. On a side note: Anne Coulter has a Giant Hyena Clitorus [blogspot.com]

Re:The PC will Never Die. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11179059)

On a side note: Anne Coulter has a Giant Hyena Clitorus

Here's a hint for the Holidays. If you can't spell it, you're probably never going to get near one.

Re:The PC will Never Die. (1)

VisualPolitics (843083) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179116)

Perhaps I spend more time licking Clitorii than writing about them. Ever consider that possibility?

Re:The PC will Never Die. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11179166)

Oddly enough, the plural form of clitoris is "clitorides."

And yes, I considered it. I considered it highly unlikely.

Re:The PC will Never Die. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11179129)

He meant Doloris.

I truly hope (1)

lastberserker (465707) | more than 9 years ago | (#11178971)

...someone starts making Gibson's Sandbenders - this is some computer I'd love to get my hands on :-)~ (ref: "Idoru")

Future of the PC: (3, Funny)

Icarus1919 (802533) | more than 9 years ago | (#11178972)

Brain implants! Finally, a terrabyte of storage in our brains. Now I can actually pass the calculus 2 final.

Future of the PC-Mark of the ...consumer. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11178988)

"Brain implants! Finally, a terrabyte of storage in our brains. Now I can actually pass the calculus 2 final."

Will the serial number on those chips being with "666"?

Re:Future of the PC: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11179018)

Calc 2?
Get a TI-89. It got me through that class because it can do row reduction ;)

Re:Future of the PC: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11179284)

What kind of crazy calculus teacher lets you use a TI-89 on a test?!

Re:Future of the PC: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11179371)

how do you know brains don't already hold more than a terrabyte? the problem isn't capacity, is is locating where you put it. I'm waiting for Google to come out with an implant.

Rambling? (5, Insightful)

Blapto (839626) | more than 9 years ago | (#11178975)

Is it just me who finds the article to be a tad strange? Perhaps it's the mulled wine but all it does is mumble about how we have technology that stores data, and we can buy things that store lots of data. What would be interesting is an analysis of what computer businesses are actually aiming at. I mean, we can see Apple are going for the digital lifestyle (iPod photo, iTunes, AirTunes etc.) but where are we actually going in terms of technology coming to the average user? I for one think that the bottleneck has to be our internet connections. Roll on household OC 48.

Re:Rambling? (3, Interesting)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179190)

Its a futurist article, really. The whole "life TV" nonsense. Every technological advance has had its futurists and almost without exception they've been painfully wrong.

The author suggests that computers will be more intrusive, when people seem to want less intrusiveness in their lives. Instead of bigger, uglier boxes with tons of storage you'll probably see smaller quieter devices that don't take up so much desktop real-estate. Instead of an mp3 player here, a phone there, a laptop there, etc we're seeing the emergence of the easy to use PDA smartphone. Instead of people blowing their savings on a $2,000 gaming machine, we're seeing a boom in the console gaming industry. Instead of people demanding bigger brighter and higher resolution screens we're seeing a shift to thinner LCD screens for the sake of aesthetics.

The PC has its place, but I doubt as this "life recorder." Remind me, what percentage of blogs get abandoned after their first week? 90%? more?

ahem... (5, Insightful)

eobanb (823187) | more than 9 years ago | (#11178984)

Before we get into a holy war over operating systems, set-top boxes, and other things that most of us probably don't want to argue about tonight, and for those of you who didn't RTFA, it basically looks at the possibilities of decentralising, if you will, certain functions of a PC.

I still believe, however, that the PC itself lacks a certain combination of features that other devices lack. A Tivo or XBox may be simpler to operate, but a PC is expandable and upgradable, simply does much more, and does those things better. A PC is more flexible, and that's what I believe counts. You can word-process or play games, browse the internet, whatever. But if you buy a bunch of 'appliances' to do those things, it really makes life MORE complicated, not less. I yield the floor.

Re:ahem... (3, Insightful)

Babbster (107076) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179075)

The problem is that people STILL complain about the complexity of the PC even with the distance it's come in terms of usability. Taken per function, specialized devices are less complicated by default - you don't have to think about multitasking on an iPod and if you stick a game disc in a [functioning] Xbox it goes straight to the game and works with neither installation nor OS modification.

The flexibility and expandibility of a desktop PC are primarily attractions for people who want to "do it themselves." Most people, though, would probably prefer to have a simple PC-type device to do word processing, taxes, etc. while having the more specialized devices to play music, play videogames and the rest. Given an HDTV monitor and properly formatted web pages, I expect that most people would even prefer browsing the Internet from the couch on a set-top box (WebTV and the other services like it just came too early to be properly functional).

Heck, even in the geek community people buy Xboxes to use as media centers, presumably because it would be inconvenient to simply hook up their PC to a TV and use an RF keyboard/remote.

Re:ahem... (4, Insightful)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179107)

Present day PC's are too finickey, and networks are too unsreliable. When we can have a machine that will operate for ten years or more, like a TV or microwave, without having to call support or your geeky nephew, or having to upgrade every year or so, then we can say they are ready for prime time. Is there anybody out there with a ten year old computer operating with its original OS and hard drive that was formatted only once...when it was new? Part of the problem is the desired flexibility. Specialized devices do one or two things really well for a long time without any maintenance. A PC is your perverbial(sp) "jack of all trades, master of none", needing constant attention. They also tend to put you into upgrade madness everytime you buy a new camera or music player to plug into it. They are fun to tinker with. That's why I have one. It's the crystal radio of our time. Well your time really. I used to mess with radio before I got a computer. I'm a sucker for high tech, no matter how useless.

Re:ahem... (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179115)

I don't think a PC can be the jack of all trades and the master of everything. For example, I expect that someone will try VoIP over a wireless laptop, but for most, a mobile phone simply suits the task better.

Game consoles are easier for game developers to support than PCs because of the fact they are inflexible. Rather than having millions of permutations, you have just a handful. On the consumer side, with a game console, it is rare that it needs a patch, whereas PC game developers seem to generally expect to have to patch a game several times for number of bugs.

Re:ahem... (1)

Flower (31351) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179122)

But isn't the appliance angle just an example of the small, sharp tools philosophy? I have a device or service for storage and then I have a number of interconnected devices to accumulate, access or manipulate that reserve. The big difference from a PC is everything becomes distributed. And, of course, the biggest obstacle really isn't technological but political. There has to be some standard upon which these devices can communicate with each other.

Convergence or divergence? (1)

BroncoInCalifornia (605476) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179188)

Will we see convergence or divergence.

Convergence is where one box does it all. It is a computer, it is a PVR, it is a media player, it is a phone, it is a radio and a TV.

Divergence is where we move to seperate boxes to do all those things. We have one box for a media player, another for a PVR, another for email and internet. etc.

With the cost of electronics getting cheaper and cheaper, I think we will see divergence.

2000 SMALL photos (1, Interesting)

Daniel Ellard (799842) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179000)

Maybe I'm planning to live a bit longer than Rick Rashid, but for me that's 40-50MB per day. Suddenly it sounds more like the size my home directory grows per day day than a detailed history of my life.

Its largest shareholder is the chinese government? (2)

End11 (740392) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179021)

I'm not sure how that makes me feel about supporting this company.. I wonder how much of what I spend on electronics already ends up there.

in the future (3, Funny)

Striker770S (825292) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179029)

It is becoming more 'Personal' than ever."
eventually it will become so personal that it will soon be called the personal computer, or PC. oh wait...

as long as they ditch the i386 arch, all's well (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11179037)

Coming from an Amiga background, I bought my first PC in 1994. Man was I dissapointed when I tried learning how to code for this thing (in assembly language). The whole memory management and real/protected modes are a travesty other archs didn't get encumbered with. The stupid (as in not very capable) BIOS doesn't help matters either, especially when you have to dink around with IRQs (which shouldn't be a problem anymore but can be, as I recently found myself trying to cram 4 PCI network cards in a i386 router). Plug and pray, indeed! Perhaps not coincidentally, quite a few PC BIOS's have had "interesting" bugs.
Things have gotten slightly better over the last decade, but damn if it doesn't feel like a big waste of time, considering there were better archs available 10 years ago.

Cheap PCs (1)

mboverload (657893) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179046)

You can already get incredible PCs at 100 or 200 dollars. Athlon XP 2000+, 40GB hard drive, and the rest onboard. These days there is no excuse to not have a PC.

Sure there is: Windows (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11179062)

If you don't ever touch a PC, you can get away with never using a Microsoft product.

And your life will be all the better for it.

When every moment (1)

panxerox (575545) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179066)

is an opportunity for someone to sue you for something you may or may not have done, you will wont "every moment" on tape.

The PC evolving into a dataserver (5, Insightful)

CestusGW (814880) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179086)

I think the "PC" as we know it is bound for a destiny as little more than a file server. I mean, let's look at some common uses of Joe six-pack's PC:

Playing songs and movies
Chatting with an IM, checking e-mail
Writing documents (letters, resumes)
Playing games

Let's start with the first one. Songs sound better through a full stereo set, we can all acknowledge that. Stereos right now are very good at playing audio: they aren't that great at holding the songs they play. Clunky 600 CD changers aren't really the answer. A PC can hold, index, categorize and search more songs in a smaller space than a CD changer ever could. With the advent of set-top boxes, playing and storing movies and videos is now almost practical in a non-PC device. However, a PC is still a more extensible platform for storing and retrieving video data. For display of video, a properly sized television is simply larger than my 17" monitor, and better suited for viewing from a distance. So playing your audio through your stereo and your video through your TV are both better options than just using your PC, but using your PC for storage and retrieval is the best way to look after data.

For chatting/e-mail, the PC is still the premiere platform. However, increasing numbers of people want to take their e-mail with them. Also, people may tend to both chat (IM) with a person they also call on their cell phone. Currently, synchronizing the data between your PDA, cell and computer on who can be contacted where is a pain in the butt. The PC is best suited to storing contact information, but a cell phone is better suited for phoning somebody, a Blackberry can check your e-mail anywhere and hopefully someday will be able to use IM as well (if it doesn't already?).

Although it's a long way off yet, e-paper is still being actively pursued as a better way of entering data. The modern PC, with it's QWERTY keyboard (a design meant to hinder speed, not help it) isn't the premiere choice for entering data. The e-paper with a clipboard could go more places than your PC ever could, but probably won't have the storage capacities that modern *cough*MS Office*cough* document formats require. So having a PC act to save and retrieve all the documents for your e-paper is probably the right combination of technologies.

As for game playing, we all know that both the console and PC games market aren't dying (haven't heard a peep out of Netcraft), but costs for a modern gaming PC are continuing to climb (look back at the pricing for a "budget" GeForce 2 card, now look at the price for a "budget" GeForce 6600 card). At the current rate, the "PC" that you play games on will be a completely different beast than the "PC" that is targeted towards the mass consumer market.

In the end, I'm trying to say that just about the only thing a PC does really well is store stuff. Playback and data entry are done much better by devices specialized for that task. So, in the long run, I think the PC will end up acting as a data server/hub for a variety of devices and server to keep them all in sync with one another. Just my $0.02

Re:The PC evolving into a dataserver (4, Informative)

emurphy42 (631808) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179156)

The modern PC, with it's QWERTY keyboard (a design meant to hinder speed, not help it)
From Wikipedia: [wikipedia.org]
"Frequently-used pairs of letters were separated in an attempt to stop the typebars from intertwining and becoming stuck, thus forcing the typist to manually unstick the typebars and also frequently blotting the document."
Beyond this, there's an awful lot of debate over QWERTY vs. alternatives (particularly Dvorak), which I shan't get into here.
isn't the premiere choice for entering data.
It damn well is for me. I touch-type, and any slight edge I might gain from Dvorak is easily outweighed by (a) QWERTY's ubiquity and - more importantly - (b) the inherent slowdown incurred by thinking and typing simultaneously. And don't bother suggesting voice recognition; my voice would get tired a lot more quickly than my fingers do. (For businessmen who spend lots of time producing correspondence, voice recognition would make a lot more sense.)

Re:The PC evolving into a dataserver (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11179257)

http://home.earthlink.net/~dcrehr/myths.html

Like what happened at turn of the last century? (5, Insightful)

Stealth Potato (619366) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179110)

If I recall my consumer history correctly, there was once a time when you could buy a general-purpose electric motor with all these doo-dads to hook up to it, like mixers and other household or kitchen tools. As the motors themselves got cheaper, the attachments became small devices with their own motors. I.e., instead of having one larger motor with a lot of attachments, you had an array of smaller motorized tools.

It seems that a similar transformation is occurring (has occurred?) in the computer industry. Instead of having one computer you use for everything, a multitude of small computerized devices now exists for fulfilling specific functions. Of course, a great deal of this is just natural, considering you wouldn't want to lug a desktop PC around with you whenever you wanted some tunes on the go. :-)

Re:Like what happened at turn of the last century? (2, Funny)

zakezuke (229119) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179354)

It seems that a similar transformation is occurring (has occurred?) in the computer industry. Instead of having one computer you use for everything, a multitude of small computerized devices now exists for fulfilling specific functions. Of course, a great deal of this is just natural, considering you wouldn't want to lug a desktop PC around with you whenever you wanted some tunes on the go. :-)

Why would you need to lug around a PC when, technology permitting, you are able to store all your media at home and just access them from your smart phone?

I hope it comes with a moderation system... (1)

LilGuy (150110) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179130)

I'd rather not go thru the countless "redundant" entries.

Computing Excess (1)

pipingguy (566974) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179133)


At some point, ever faster and better computers will outpace the average user's perceived need for upgrading. Sure, dual Opterons running on 5 GB RAM in a 2 TB server case is incredibly sexy, but Joe Average doesn't really care about that.

Remember that the popularization of computers and the internet was created by this "Joe Average" market and they typically don't do complicated fluid mechanics calculations or weather prediction programs.

Aside from 3D gaming there's no real reason to spend more money/upgrade machines for most people.

Missing the point of PCs (4, Insightful)

Comatose51 (687974) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179281)

People have been predicting the demise or decline of PCs forever. First it was the console, then PDAs, etc. But their argument usually starts out like this:
1. People generally use the PC for A, B, and C.
2. New devices are coming out that can do A, B, and C better.
3. So PC will decline or die out.

But they always forget why PCs became popular in the first place. PCs are GENERAL computing machines. With new software or upgrades they can take virutally any role. Their functions are virtually limitless. As a result they are often the nexus of different devices. They help bridge the conntection between other devices or give rise to new ones. How are you going to use your iPod without a PCs? The PC bridges the connection between Internet and iPod. The trend has been towards a convergence rather than a divergence of information and computing. A general computing device is what's going to make it happen, not individual devices that stay one way and operate apart from everything else.

Security is the next big problem (1)

Animats (122034) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179291)

The next big limitation on computer proliferation may be security. There are more and more places where you can't take a video phone. E-mail is choked with spam. PCs are choked with adware, spyware, and other hostile code. Programable phones are attracting viruses.

Within the next two or three years, I expect to see some major security debacle, like a week of total unusuablity for the Internet, major phone system downtime, or a collapse of part of the financial system.

Recording, the next step (1)

travisco_nabisco (817002) | more than 9 years ago | (#11179375)

So, once we can record every thing we say, do, and see, what comes next? Will we get to the point where we can record thought processes? If so, would you really want your thoughts recorded? Or will we have a say in the matter? I know that I think enough things that I never want recorded, that I couldn't even endorse that kind of technology. And if it is some thought process that I do want to have for future reference, what are the chances I will be able to make sense of the flow of the thought when I try to look at what I was thinking at a later time.

merry christmas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11179377)

friendly reminder to all linux users: Its time for your yearly shower.
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