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Sci-Fi Stories That Predicted the Surveillance State

thinktech Re:Stainless Steel Rat called it frighteningly clo (213 comments)

I'm totally confused my your comment. I didn't write the novel, I just contributed my take on the topic. I'm not sure why you feel the need to make such a statement. Did someone run over your puppy?

about a year ago

Sci-Fi Stories That Predicted the Surveillance State

thinktech Stainless Steel Rat called it frighteningly close (213 comments)

I'm disappointed that Harry Harrison's "Stainless Steel Rat" is not at the top of this list. Written in 1961, it's entire premise is about a thief that operates in a society with computer surveillance tracking everyones every move. Facial recognition, camera and car tracking, etc, etc. I've re-read this many times and it's almost frightening how close it is to reality. Even to the point of most of the populace being comfortable with the intrusion.

about a year ago

Irish Judge Orders 'The Internet' To Delete Video

thinktech Or perhaps the Judge has a sense of humor (243 comments)

I'm going to make the much more enjoyable assumption that the judge heard this guys request...rolled his eyes... and with an ironic look of imperialism slammed his gavel to the desk and declared that THIS VIDEO MUST BE DELETED FROM ALL THE INTERNETS! ... I'm also going to assume that he was forced to demand order in the court from all the clapping and that he had to summon medics because 2 teenage girls swooned.

about a year ago

Can Older Software Developers Still Learn New Tricks?

thinktech Tried and True has become relevant to me (365 comments)

I've been a programmer for over 30 years. Starting with desktop applications and slowly migrating to web applications over the decades. And although I've slowly moved up into management (now at the VP level), I keep my skills honed and sharp to the point where I still help directly drive development projects all the way down to the code level which is still my passion. The one thing I've noticed over the years is that I no longer learn new tricks just because they're new. I don't have the cycles to learn fads. But I constantly watch new emerging technologies and dive head-first into new tech that looks promising and really makes sense to me. I'm much more skeptical about new things. Sometimes I'm right and sometimes I'm wrong, but when I'm wrong I get the play catch-up instead of wasting my time.

about a year ago

EFF Moves To Nix Trademark On "Gaymer"

thinktech Whenever I game... (231 comments)

I try to be a straight shooter...

about a year and a half ago

Stephen Hawking Looking For Personal Techie

thinktech Re:You know... (289 comments)

What happened? Not to change your view of religion, but what happened to make you such an angry person? People tell me there's no god all the time... But I don't freak out.

more than 2 years ago

Can Long Term Research Survive the Coming Age of Austerity?

thinktech How pathetic (306 comments)

I'm really tired of people who pay almost no taxes complaining that the people who pay almost all the taxes don't pay enough taxes.

more than 3 years ago

Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

thinktech Crazy Metriculaters! (2288 comments)

It's people like you that make me mad... we give you an inch and you take a kilometer!

more than 3 years ago

Large Hadron Collider is a Time Machine?

thinktech All your comments are pointless (332 comments)

Because you've all overlooked the fact that not only will the LHC destroy the earch, it will have done it before any of you ever existed. No use arguing. Your non existent rhetoric amuses me...if I were here to read it.

more than 3 years ago

Crew Builds a Flying House Modeled After UP!

thinktech Re:MythBusters .... (56 comments)

Mythbusters is now going to see if something in an animated cartoon is really doable? What next? will they paint a tunnel opening on a rock wall and see if the road-runner can really go through it?

more than 3 years ago

Too Much Multiplayer In Today's Games?

thinktech Multi-Player is my first and top game requirement (362 comments)

Not for the competitive aspect of multi-player, but for the cooperative aspect. If I can't enjoy a game with my family or friends, it's little more than an intriguing version of solitaire. I read books for self-enjoyment. For games, I want other people.

more than 4 years ago

At Issue In a Massachusetts Town, the Value of Two-Thirds

thinktech Math is simple. (449 comments)

you need at least 137.33333 votes for the measure to pass. It did not equal or exceed this number. it did not pass.... I could have answered this when I was 8.

more than 4 years ago

Jobs Says No Tethering iPad To iPhone

thinktech Another reason not to buy an Ipad (423 comments)

Just another in a long and growing list of reasons not to buy a larger Iphone screen with less functionality than your phone and not even close to the functionality of a laptop, but more expensive.

more than 4 years ago

M.U.L.E. Is Back

thinktech MULE!!!!! Happy 2010 to me! (110 comments)

I still load this up in an emulator every once in a while. but it's hard to get the keys to work properly.... this makes me giddy with happiness.

more than 4 years ago

The LHC, Black Holes, and the Law

thinktech If there is zero chance.... (467 comments)

then why didn't the risk assessment team place the risk at zero? If the risk is greater than zero, then why take a chance with the entire planet? Within a few decades this would be entirely possible to do on the moon.

more than 4 years ago

Where the Global Warming Data Is

thinktech What moron destroys original data? (1011 comments)

I think I'd rather have people believe I was covering up a conspiracy rather than think I'm such an idiot that I 'discard' my original data.

more than 4 years ago

Climatic Research Unit Hacked, Files Leaked

thinktech Why is this in the politics section? (882 comments)

I actually find it very interesting that Slashdot decided to place this story in the Politics section. Neither those defending global warming, nor those questioning it believe this should be a political issue. The issue is to important to leave any stone unturned. Why exactly is there data that is being repressed by these groups? Isn't that the exact opposite of what they say they're fighting for?

more than 4 years ago


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