A Computer Without the Computer

This is a neat thing, I think.

Do you need a physical computer keyboard? Well, what if a lightbulb just projected the image of a keyboard on your desk's top, and detected your fingers' motions along the projected keys?

And as far as viewing pictures: Do you really need a monitor? Wouldn't an image projected from a bulb against a white wall do the trick? (Given a sufficiently high-def projection and a sufficiently clean and reflective wall, of course.)

And with more and more actual computer work being done via the cloud... it's interesting to think that in five years a very "cheap" computer might consist of nothing more than one light-bulb screw-in accessory (for the "keyboard") and one high-def projection bulb (to project all visual content against a white wall or bit of reflective scrim you could roll up like a rag). All computation would be done in a cloud, away from any of the two small physical components.

In ten years the "portable computer" might be nothing but a little laser projector and a roll-up scrim.

Posted by: Ace at 03:47 PM



Comments

1 Just a projection right onto the inside of my cereberal cortex, thanks!

Posted by: Sharkman at November 30, 2012 03:48 PM (03IDC)

2

Meh, would screw up my online gaming.

Posted by: beach at November 30, 2012 03:48 PM (LpQbZ)

3 If the screen was wearable glasses, Im in.

Posted by: Yogi Bear at November 30, 2012 03:48 PM (Zd/NW)

4 Righhhhhhhhht .... Oracle pushed that netbook nonsense ten years ago, and as you can tell, it really took off.

Posted by: Gerry at November 30, 2012 03:48 PM (q0Nto)

5 In 20 years the computer will directly interfaced with your brain and you won't need any monitors or input devices.

Posted by: Jaylord at November 30, 2012 03:49 PM (RuF8n)

6 The word scrim makes me laugh. It sounds naughty.

Posted by: Witchfinder at November 30, 2012 03:49 PM (pLTLS)

7 Yeah I think I'll keep my local storage options until they're dragged away from my cold, dead hands, thanks very much.

I don't like leaving my file security at the mercy of some faceless corporation's wink-and-nod toward privacy.

Posted by: apotheosis at November 30, 2012 03:49 PM (xWk3U)

8

Ahh, technology.

How about some E15 petrol to take all of our 2001+ cars off the road and void warranties?

lol -- it gets better and better, doesn't it?

AAA, the nation's largest travel organization, on Friday urged the Obama administration to halt the sale of E15 — a new fuel with a higher blend of ethanol — because of possible engine damage to most vehicles on the nation's roads.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121130/AUTO01/211300415#ixzz2Dk0ZrfhL

Posted by: beach at November 30, 2012 03:51 PM (LpQbZ)

9 Scrim-diddly-umptious!

Posted by: Scrimshaw Jones at November 30, 2012 03:52 PM (27KAF)

10 OT, but someone requested it in a former thread:

(Sung to the tune of "Let It Snow")

Oh, the takers' greed is quite frightful
But the left finds it delightful
And since we'll all be doomed anyhow
Let it burn, let it burn, let it burn

The spending is never stopping
With spineless men always a-flopping
Just drive it over that cliff now
Let it burn, let it burn, let it burn

When it finally all implodes
We'll all pick it up from the ground
And if we fix government all right
We might keep it fiscally sound

When the fires are slowly dying
And the left is finally crying
We can all say "We told you so"
Let it burn, let it burn, let it burn

Posted by: Locarno at November 30, 2012 03:52 PM (f7XGr)

11 anyone else starting to think Google = Skynet?

Posted by: USS Diversity at November 30, 2012 03:53 PM (85EaA)

12
In ten years the "portable computer" might be nothing but a little laser projector and a roll-up scrim.

In ten years we'll be living in tent cities.

Posted by: soothsayer at November 30, 2012 03:53 PM (jUytm)

13 #3

Off you damn dirty sock. Boo Boo has something for you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6w0r-ScEG4

Posted by: MrCaniac at November 30, 2012 03:54 PM (Zd/NW)

14
Just a projection right onto the inside of my cereberal cortex, thanks!

There will be many flying car accidents if this comes to pass.

Posted by: eleven at November 30, 2012 03:55 PM (VhqUZ)

15 We have physical senses that we experience the world through so until we get direct implants any computer interfaces will have to work through our body.

And projections just don't cut it and aren't likely to in the near to medium future. Monitor projections onto a wall don't have the dynamic range and color rendering that you can get from a monitor. And touch-typing is very difficult without any tactile feedback.

Posted by: Mætenloch at November 30, 2012 03:55 PM (pAlYe)

16 Many times man lives and dies

Between his two eternities,

That of race and that of soul.

And ancient Ireland knew it all.

Posted by: under BenBulben at November 30, 2012 03:55 PM (Dll6b)

17
In ten years we'll be living in tent cities.

Scratch that flying car concern.

Posted by: eleven at November 30, 2012 03:55 PM (VhqUZ)

18 Right now I go every where with my laptop.

Even the airport.

I don't want to have to set up my projector light bulb and scrim do hickey--or whatever the hell it is.

Posted by: tasker at November 30, 2012 03:55 PM (r2PLg)

19 In ten years we'll be living in tent cities.
Posted by: soothsayer at November 30, 2012 03:53 PM (jUytm)



heh.

Posted by: beach at November 30, 2012 03:56 PM (LpQbZ)

20 No physical computer = nothing to burn

I don't like where this is going.

Posted by: JDTAY at November 30, 2012 03:56 PM (a0nis)

21 Until they deliver me my Cherry 2000 no technologywill impress me.

Posted by: polynikes at November 30, 2012 03:57 PM (m2CN7)

22 I just want to say one word to you. Just one word.

Teledildonics

Posted by: Mr. McGuire at November 30, 2012 03:57 PM (27KAF)

23 Fighting for Scrim Space at the Airport.

film at 11.

Posted by: tasker at November 30, 2012 03:57 PM (r2PLg)

24 Am I the only left who's creeped out by "the cloud"?

Posted by: gn at November 30, 2012 03:57 PM (hpCYM)

25
You guys are a hoot.

You're all like Let it Burn!!

and in the very next thread you're all like, hey, wow, the future is gonna so awesome with all these neat gadgets!

Posted by: soothsayer at November 30, 2012 03:58 PM (jUytm)

26 In ten years we'll be living in tent cities.

Posted by: soothsayer at November 30, 2012 03:53 PM (jUytm)

Or Barter Towns.

Posted by: YIKES! at November 30, 2012 03:58 PM (mETGQ)

27
And projections just don't cut it and aren't likely to in the near to medium future. Monitor projections onto a wall don't have the dynamic range and color rendering that you can get from a monitor. And touch-typing is very difficult without any tactile feedback.

It would work in a tent though. In the tent city.

Posted by: eleven at November 30, 2012 03:58 PM (VhqUZ)

28 Obama is attempting a power grab and must be stopped. Obama = Morsy.

Posted by: rplat at November 30, 2012 03:58 PM (ew94K)

29 But first you will blow me.

Posted by: Blegh Storm at November 30, 2012 03:58 PM (q177U)

30 re: "If the screen was wearable glasses, Im in."

Google has those in testing. They look unbelievably wrong, stupid, and like they'll mess up your face (and other people's, when you smash into them because you have meatspin in your eye).

It's basically the Segway of computers, so it'll have the same fate in the market: for bureaucratic use only. But Google's business plan seems increasingly aimed at its becoming the official techo-oppression arm of the government, so that's probably a good investment for them.

You wouldn't buy it. But you'll pay for it.

Posted by: oblig. at November 30, 2012 03:59 PM (cePv8)

31 7 >> Yeah I think I'll keep my local storage options until they're dragged away from my cold, dead hands, thanks very much.

There's nothing in this idea that precludes you from issuing a command to back up your data to a local, separate device. In Omaha and Detroit, if you wish. With confirmations of backup. But these datastores don't have to be directly physically connected to the interface portions, the i/o of your interaction with the web.

I'm not real keen on the idea of my data being stored in the cloud either. Hackers are already too successful in getting into your data as it is.

Posted by: GnuBreed at November 30, 2012 03:59 PM (ccXZP)

32
so what's the plan, now?

1. Burn it all
2. Point and laugh
3. Rebuild
4. Neat tech gadgets

yes?

Posted by: soothsayer at November 30, 2012 03:59 PM (jUytm)

33 Its interesting and of course certainly possible. I of course hate the idea of "the cloud." Having an offsite backup or access to your files from anywhere is certainly good, but to not have phyiscal access and to keep your main files at your location just never sits well with me. So something like this would certainly be great as a secondary computer, but I can see some people saying that the home computer will become a thing of the past because of it.

Posted by: buzzion at November 30, 2012 03:59 PM (GULKT)

34
I'm starting to doubt you guys actually think stuff through...

Posted by: soothsayer at November 30, 2012 04:00 PM (jUytm)

35
Or Barter Towns.

Of all things I will miss A/C most of all.

And showers.

Posted by: eleven at November 30, 2012 04:00 PM (VhqUZ)

36 I think that there is already a PC that takes the form of a fountain pen. It had extendable legs to stand upright, and projected a screen on to the wall on one side, and a keyboard onto the desktop on the other side.

I just kind of thought that smart phones and tables had rendered the idea moot.

Posted by: toby928© for TB at November 30, 2012 04:01 PM (QupBk)

37 In ten years, Latvian potato jokes will become American potato jokes.

Posted by: JDTAY at November 30, 2012 04:01 PM (a0nis)

38 "so what's the plan, now? "

Get into the tent selling business?

Posted by: HH at November 30, 2012 04:01 PM (XXwdv)

39 Step away from the crack pipe, Ace.

Posted by: Hotspur at November 30, 2012 04:01 PM (5cgIv)

40 Of all things I will miss A/C most of all.

I'll miss dairy products in the wasteland.

I luvs my milk.

Posted by: toby928© for TB at November 30, 2012 04:02 PM (QupBk)

41 Self-aware computers will solve everything.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at November 30, 2012 04:02 PM (6TveQ)

42 You guys are a hoot.



You're all like Let it Burn!!



and in the very next thread you're all like, hey, wow, the future is gonna so awesome with all these neat gadgets!

Posted by: soothsayer at November 30, 2012 03:58 PM (jUytm)


It will be a nice to have.You awful little people should be more grateful to your social betters.

Posted by: Anna Wintour at November 30, 2012 04:02 PM (mETGQ)

43 30 >> re: "If the screen was wearable glasses, Im in."

>>>> Google has those in testing.

Microsoft is working on them too.

Posted by: GnuBreed at November 30, 2012 04:02 PM (ccXZP)

44 34
I'm starting to doubt you guys actually think stuff through...
Posted by: soothsayer at November 30, 2012 04:00 PM (jUytm)


______________

The guys that like to think things through are probably still on the abortion thread.

Speaking of which short -

Allegiant Air.

They are doing a non -stop from Stockton to Honolulu.

Second trip was delayed 24 hours.

Posted by: tasker at November 30, 2012 04:02 PM (r2PLg)

45 GOP House Video:

We've Got Your Back Small Business:

http://commoncts.blogspot.com/2012/11/house-gop-video-weve-got-your-back.html

Posted by: Steve at November 30, 2012 04:03 PM (8gUKR)

46 I prefer my viewing screen to not be at an absolute 180º angle, thank you very much.

Posted by: Serious Cat (DO NOT WANT!) at November 30, 2012 04:03 PM (UypUQ)

47 OT, but someone requested it in a former thread:

FANTASTIC!

Now we need to form a band, and make a video. AlextheChick can you sing? I assume you already have a Joan Jet Outfit with Serious stompy-boots. Or any other moronettes that can sing.... and musicians? Buler..buler? We can do this, it will go viral. I know it! Can we make money on this?

Posted by: Paladin at November 30, 2012 04:04 PM (WujO7)

48 Of all things I will miss A/C most of all.

You won't miss HotAir?

Posted by: beach at November 30, 2012 04:04 PM (LpQbZ)

49 The speed of text generated by speech recognition software impressed me to where I can imagine touch typing joining shorthand in the anachronism category for the next generation.

Posted by: derit at November 30, 2012 04:05 PM (I88Jc)

50
Remember when KIRK brought NOMAD on board and it wanted to kill everything but KIRK confused the SHIT out of it's computer brain by asking it SIMPLE questions??

Posted by: soothsayerwing plover at November 30, 2012 04:05 PM (jUytm)

51 Meh. When they figure out how project 3-dimensional Kate Upton pr0n into the privacy of my own bathroom, let me know.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at November 30, 2012 04:05 PM (QKKT0)

52 Maybe the Pen PC isn't available after all http://www.hoax-slayer.com/pen-computer.shtml

Posted by: toby928© for TB at November 30, 2012 04:05 PM (QupBk)

53

Seems like this would enable hacking into people's data even easier than it already is.

Wouldn't the logical next step...be devices for people to snag other people's scrims?

Posted by: wheatie at November 30, 2012 04:05 PM (CM59X)

54
In fainess, MS has being working on something similar using Kinect in their future tech labs. Problem was it required basically wearing a Kinect sensor like a parrot on your shoulder.
Upside, computer literally anywhere (hold out hand, computer, go to wall, computer. Project on girlfriend's boobehs, computer.)
This is sort of a logical extension of that. I still think in the end you'll need some hardware somewhere. (Perhaps iPhone sized.) Of course we already have iPhone miniprojectors and laser keyboards, so maybe we're almost there (we just need the high powered cloud OS to finish it off.)

Posted by: tsrblke at November 30, 2012 04:06 PM (GaqMa)

55 You know those toys in the Iron Man series that Tony Starks plays with, throwing up holographic displays around the living room with his hands?

I want me one of those. Particularly if they can also throw up 3D holographic boobehs.

Posted by: Christina Hendricks's Mighty Jugs are Really SMOD in Disguise at November 30, 2012 04:06 PM (tEkQA)

56
We've Got Your Back Small Business:

Well, that's not a good sign.

Sound like Boehner is cooking up a deal.

Posted by: soothsayer at November 30, 2012 04:07 PM (jUytm)

57 Wouldn't the logical next step...be devices for people to snag other people's scrims?

Damn scrim-snagging bastids!

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at November 30, 2012 04:07 PM (QKKT0)

58 Didn't Kirk use that same trick on Landru?

Posted by: Dr. Varno at November 30, 2012 04:07 PM (6TveQ)

59 I'm all for 'hands-free' typing. Because even one hand typing can interfere with the selection of images of women with sexual characteristics which are of a highly stimulating nature.

Posted by: Dr. Strangelove at November 30, 2012 04:08 PM (feFL6)

60 This is an awesome development and I look forward to the industry altering the QWERTYboard every 3 years so you can't keep using the same virtual keyboard and have to buy an upgrade.

Posted by: Chris Balsz at November 30, 2012 04:08 PM (3GtyG)

61 Of all things I will miss A/C most of all.



You won't miss HotAir?

Posted by: beach at November 30, 2012 04:04 PM (LpQbZ)


I guess 8mm porno loops make a comeback.

Posted by: YIKES! at November 30, 2012 04:08 PM (mETGQ)

62 Also, you know what that thing needs?

Frickin' lasers.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at November 30, 2012 04:08 PM (QKKT0)

63
Remember when we were KIDS the gadgets were stuff like PENS that could write Upside Down?

Like the ASTRONUTS used.

Posted by: soothsayerwing plover at November 30, 2012 04:08 PM (jUytm)

64 > There's nothing in this idea that precludes you from issuing a command to back up your data to a local, separate device.

It's not availability that bothers me. It's the idea that once your data's out there, the security of that data is at the mercy of whoever holds it. And whether it's vulnerable to crackers attacking it despite the holder's efforts to stop them, or plumbed for demographics and interests to be sold to the highest bidder, or agencies peeking with the holder's cooperation, it's still out of your hands.

Basically, if you're going to store something in "the cloud" make sure it's something you wouldn't mind anyone and everyone having access to. Your collection of LOLCats is probably okay. Your financial data is <b>not</b>.

Posted by: apotheosis at November 30, 2012 04:08 PM (xWk3U)

65
Somewhat related: Home Depot's house brand (Behr) has a color called Silver Screen. That color in flat latex not only looks good on walls, it also makes an excellent projection surface.

And, it's cheap.

Posted by: FRONT TOWARD LEFT at November 30, 2012 04:09 PM (V3kRK)

66 This will only work if the projection quality is good enough so I can use a hooker's ass as my screen, and my dong as a keyboard.

Posted by: Wooga at November 30, 2012 04:09 PM (Zg1LA)

67

Let the Spotlight Hijinks begin!

Posted by: non-productive at November 30, 2012 04:09 PM (LpQbZ)

68
Kirk did have a way of outwitting the bad guys, didn't he.

Posted by: soothsayer at November 30, 2012 04:09 PM (jUytm)

69 And with more and more actual computer work being done via the cloud...
...

All computation would be done in a cloud, away from any of the two small physical components.
...
Posted by: Ace at 03:47 PM

Ehh,. aren't you kinda describing the socialized model of computing? Nobody owns their own processor but instead all people share it from the same pool of "cloud computing".

Posted by: Serious Cat (DO NOT WANT!) at November 30, 2012 04:09 PM (UypUQ)

70 Posted by: Anna Wintour at November 30, 2012 04:02 PM (mETGQ)
***********************

Fuck you sideways with a rusty barbed broomstick, you yeast infested vagina wearing shitstained ass licking scrunt.

But first, you will blow me.

Posted by: Christina Hendricks's Mighty Jugs are Really SMOD in Disguise at November 30, 2012 04:09 PM (tEkQA)

71
Remember when KIRK brought NOMAD on board and it wanted to kill everything but KIRK confused the SHIT out of it's computer brain by asking it SIMPLE questions??

TOS had some seriously flawed logic in some episodes.
"Hey, I got a great idea, lets bring that thing that's about to kill us on board so's we can have a chat."
And Spock's like "okey dokey."

Posted by: eleven at November 30, 2012 04:09 PM (VhqUZ)

72 You guys are a hoot.
You're all like Let it Burn!!
and in the very next thread you're all like, hey, wow, the future is gonna so awesome with all these neat gadgets!
Posted by: soothsayer at November 30, 2012 03:58 PM (jUytm)


No one can reliably predict the political future. And anyone who says they can is bullshitting you and probably themselves as well.

So even if people do choose the strong form of Let It Burn, there's no guarantee how much or of what form the burning will take or even if there will be a burning. People seem to just assume it will either be a complete reset of society or a Mad Max-style apocalypse. But a more likely option is something like present-day Argentina.

Posted by: Mætenloch at November 30, 2012 04:10 PM (pAlYe)

73 Predictions about technology don't normally pan out. A few years ago everybody wanted to have the tiniest cell phone ever. Now look at that new Samsung phone, it's as big as a goddamned ribeye steak.

Posted by: Gristle Encased Head at November 30, 2012 04:10 PM (+lsX1)

74 V'Ger must evolve. Its knowledge has reached the limits of this universe and it must evolve.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at November 30, 2012 04:10 PM (6TveQ)

75 I guess 8mm porno loops make a comeback.
Posted by: YIKES! at November 30, 2012 04:08 PM (mETGQ)



Of Allah and Ace mud wrestling?

Posted by: beach & a kindle at November 30, 2012 04:11 PM (LpQbZ)

76 Of all things I will miss A/C most of all.
I'm thinking what all of us would miss most is a cold drink during the hot days.

Posted by: HH at November 30, 2012 04:11 PM (XXwdv)

77 Gosh it'll be nice when pixie meesa drags this fucking shitpile code into the 20th century.

Posted by: apotheosis at November 30, 2012 04:11 PM (xWk3U)

78 I think the big question is- what will the next Killer App be?

Aside perhaps from graphic intense games, computer hardware has far surpassed the computing power needed by most home PC user who uses their computer to check e-mail, surf the web, and maybe edit digital photos.

Where it used to be that a two year old computer was obsolete or nearly so, now a three year old PC still performs well for what most people use them for.

A professional graphic artist or engineer might need all the computing power they can get, but playing poker online and cropping your drunk uncle out of your Christmas photos? Your old Pentium dual core will do just fine.

I have to think that somewhere, someone is looking into ways to exploit the currently unused computing power of modern PCs, but I have no idea what the Next Big Thing will be.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at November 30, 2012 04:12 PM (SY2Kh)

79 What about your collection of midget porn?

I'm asking for a friend.

Posted by: Hotspur at November 30, 2012 04:12 PM (5cgIv)

80 You'll still be able to cool drinks in streams and springhouses.

Posted by: USS Diversity at November 30, 2012 04:13 PM (85EaA)

81 What is this "lightbulb" thing you speak of? Is that like a sphere of LEDs?

Posted by: sherlock at November 30, 2012 04:13 PM (Bn9/M)

82 Barry is gay! Next month's $4+ vacation at your expense will pay for my body oil and designer thongs! LOL at you proles!!

Posted by: Reggie Love at November 30, 2012 04:14 PM (wIgpo)

83
Jim Cramer on CNBC can predict the future. Ask him; he knows everything.

Posted by: soothsayer at November 30, 2012 04:14 PM (jUytm)

84 Vaal calls to us! We must go to him.

Posted by: The Feeders of Vaal at November 30, 2012 04:15 PM (QupBk)

85 Fuck you sideways with a rusty barbed broomstick, you yeast infested vagina wearing shitstained ass licking scrunt.


Posted by: Christina Hendricks's Mighty Jugs are Really SMOD in Disguise at November 30, 2012 04:09 PM (tEkQA)




Almost forgot to pickup a baguette and depends. Thanks for the reminder.
You may leave me now.

Posted by: Anna Wintour at November 30, 2012 04:15 PM (mETGQ)

86 I have to think that somewhere, someone is looking into ways to exploit the currently unused computing power of modern PCs

We're working on it 24/7.

Posted by: Virus Writers and Hackers Local 1523 at November 30, 2012 04:15 PM (feFL6)

87
Screw that, I'm waiting for the H.A.L.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at November 30, 2012 04:15 PM (n/ubI)

88 That's $4+ MILLION bitches! SUCK IT!!

Posted by: Reggie Love at November 30, 2012 04:15 PM (wIgpo)

89 Didn't Kirk use that same trick on Landru?

I am slowly working my way through TOS, and just watched that episode, so I can confirm.

I can also confirm that it's a crying shame Yeoman Barrows only shows up in one episode.

Posted by: Waterhouse at November 30, 2012 04:15 PM (QGyiB)

90
Vaal calls to us! We must go to him.

Gheyest episode evah.

Holy crap I think I'm a Star Trek nerd. How did I let this happen?

Posted by: eleven at November 30, 2012 04:16 PM (VhqUZ)

91 A holographic keyboard would probably be terrible, since it has no tactile feedback...

Posted by: KG at November 30, 2012 04:17 PM (p7BzH)

92 @78

Since liberals are so fond of computer models, I was thinking of creating an MMO life-sim game with limited world resources to test what sort of government/economy relationship is best. Liberals would probably just invade every server, elect only liberals, and blame my programming when things go to pot.

Posted by: JDTAY at November 30, 2012 04:17 PM (a0nis)

93 I thought I sawa similar concept where the keyboard was projected on the desk from a tablet computer, avoiding having a physical keyboard.

Posted by: sherlock at November 30, 2012 04:17 PM (Bn9/M)

94 Obama Urges Voters to Press Congress to Act.


Hey Obama. Why don't you propose something that doesn't SUCK!?!?

I want unlimited powers and all the money doesn't solve a fucking thing, you asshole.

Posted by: © Sponge at November 30, 2012 04:18 PM (UK9cE)

95 I have to think that somewhere, someone is looking into ways to exploit the currently unused computing power of modern PCs

There are projects like folding@home that you can sign up for to do just that.

Posted by: Waterhouse at November 30, 2012 04:18 PM (QGyiB)

96 I thought I sawa similar concept where the keyboard was projected on the desk from a tablet computer, avoiding having a physical keyboard.

They've been around for a long time. I've never seen one IRL, but the Skymall used to sell these way back in the Palm Pilot days.

Posted by: FRONT TOWARD LEFT at November 30, 2012 04:18 PM (V3kRK)

97 I have one of those little laser-keyboard things from a few years back. It was a little dodgy, and the impact from the table was a bit hard on my fingertips (as opposed to the "give" of a keyboard).

Still, those computers in the "Final Fantasy: the Spirits Within" movie were pretty cool.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at November 30, 2012 04:18 PM (DuH+r)

98 A holographic keyboard would probably be terrible, since it has no tactile feedback...

People type on smart phones. At which I am terrible, btw. My thumbs are only for the spacebar.

Cursed manual Remington trained fingers.

Posted by: toby928© for TB at November 30, 2012 04:18 PM (QupBk)

99 Posted by: USS Diversity at November 30, 2012 04:13 PM (85EaA)

How would you do that, especially if you don't live near a stream or river?

I'm just thinking that indeed, you can live without A/C (well, maybe a lot of the desert states are out), but for me, a cold glass of whatever is what we would all miss.

Posted by: HH at November 30, 2012 04:19 PM (XXwdv)

100 Once electricity necessary skyrockets, computers are kaput.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at November 30, 2012 04:19 PM (n/ubI)

101 Bah! Newfangled thingamajigs!

Posted by: Baraka the Hussein at November 30, 2012 04:19 PM (2mZZv)

102 "....a roll-up scrim."

It's always about sex with you.

Posted by: mare at November 30, 2012 04:19 PM (A98Xu)

103 One, it better not be an incandescent light bulb, or big EPA will come find your ass.

Two, if you can't feel the keys, like the little notches on the home row index finger keys, you'll be looking at your fingers most of the time.

Three, if you're going to go that far, just do voice recognition and be done with it.

Posted by: © Sponge at November 30, 2012 04:20 PM (UK9cE)

104 In ten years computers will be 1000 times faster, and MS apps will still freeze it up.

Posted by: IBT at November 30, 2012 04:20 PM (2t6Gz)

105 In 20 years the computer will directly interfaced with your brain and you won't need any monitors or input devices.

Posted by: Jaylord at November 30, 2012 03:49 PM (RuF8n)


And your computer/brain will be integrated into the cloud.

Resistance if futile.

Posted by: Locutis of Borg at November 30, 2012 04:20 PM (XvHmy)

106
Obama Urges Voters to Press Congress to Act.

ahhh, leadership Obama-style.

1. Dole out an assignment to the people: hector Congress.

2. Sit and wait for Congress to submit a bill.

3. Celebrate a job well done, if he does say so himself...to himself.

Posted by: soothsayer at November 30, 2012 04:20 PM (jUytm)

107 Can you type standard style on an iPad or the like?

light keyboard is the same thing.

I'm out.

Posted by: © Sponge at November 30, 2012 04:20 PM (UK9cE)

108 @100

Ugh, don't remind me. I'm gonna miss this.

Posted by: JDTAY at November 30, 2012 04:20 PM (a0nis)

109 I want my own personal affordable flying car before a computerless computer.

Posted by: Long Island at November 30, 2012 04:21 PM (hl8SI)

110

ot

This could be kinda cool if they didn't ruin it with David Brooks as one of the speakers.

CK is a bonus speaker, tho!

http://www.hertogprogram.org/

Posted by: beach & a kindle at November 30, 2012 04:21 PM (LpQbZ)

111 104 In ten years computers will be 1000 times faster, and MS apps will still freeze it up.
Posted by: IBT at November 30, 2012 04:20 PM (2t6Gz)

And Ace of Spades will still be Ace of Spades.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Wonders what Dagny thinks at November 30, 2012 04:21 PM (3Y7RV)

112
Posted by: Serious Cat (DO NOT WANT!) at November 30, 2012 04:09 PM (UypUQ)
Meh, in fairness you hardly ever use the full potential of your computer of a sustained period.
So a buy in whereby you got so much processing power to use from the big bin wouldn't necessarily be "socialistic" (provided you could buy what you wanted and not pay for other people's useage.) But yeah, moral hazard to be sure.

Posted by: tsrblke at November 30, 2012 04:21 PM (GaqMa)

113 I have to think that somewhere, someone is looking
into ways to exploit the currently unused computing power of modern PCs,
but I have no idea what the Next Big Thing will be.Posted by: Hollowpoint


Just a guess: virtural telepresence in a Google Earth like environment will take up a small amount of that kind of power. People could 'meet-up' in locations or even multiple locations at the same time. E.G. A manager tele-jumps to the factory floor while at hq and has an free-lance engineer follow along with him all in virtual.

Posted by: weft cut-loop at November 30, 2012 04:22 PM (JEpGb)

114 Hotspur:

I believe midget porn falls short of the standard.

Posted by: apotheosis at November 30, 2012 04:22 PM (xWk3U)

115 Am I the only left who's creeped out by "the cloud"?

Posted by: gn at November 30, 2012 03:57 PM (hpCYM)


No.

Where is the cloud? Who manages it? Who has access to it? How secure is it? How many snot nose little fucks have access to my personal data?

Fuck the cloud. It's just more of Apple and Microsoft owning your info.....yeah yeah....Google too.

Posted by: © Sponge at November 30, 2012 04:22 PM (UK9cE)

116 Tactile sensitivity is needed. The desk is gonna hurt my fingers.

Posted by: Yoshi, Aggrieved Victim of the White Man at November 30, 2012 04:22 PM (csi6Y)

117 And when it is in the cloud, where is it?

That's the problem I have - I'm still fuddy-duddy enough to like a physical location for things that are mine.

Posted by: Mikey NTH - cloudy day... at November 30, 2012 04:23 PM (hLRSq)

118 @106

I'm gonna be pestering Congress myself, actually. Say something along the lines of "NO DEAL OR I VOTE BIG L LIBERTARIAN IN 2014".

Posted by: JDTAY at November 30, 2012 04:23 PM (a0nis)

119 Having the early bird special at Applebees's! Then home in time for 'Matlock' at 7pm! Riblets and Andy Griffith make me steamy under my Depends! 23 skidoo!

Posted by: Anna Wintour at November 30, 2012 04:23 PM (wIgpo)

120
Google = Skynet
yeah I know I already said it, I've been drinking

Posted by: USS Diversity at November 30, 2012 04:23 PM (85EaA)

121 >>>Remember when we were KIDS the gadgets were stuff like PENS that could write Upside Down?

OR the pens with cute chicks in black bathing suits that slid off when you tilted the pen in one direction or the other?

Oh Yea BABY!

Posted by: Tobacco Road at November 30, 2012 04:23 PM (4Mv1T)

122 Cursed manual Remington trained fingers.

nuhh Nuhh
nuhh nuhh Nuhh
nuhh nuhh Nuhh Nuhh
nuhh nuhh Nuhh
nuhh Nuhh
nuhh nuhh Nuhh

SMITH

CORONA

Posted by: The Knack at November 30, 2012 04:23 PM (V3kRK)

123 I'm gonna be pestering Congress myself, actually. Say something along the lines of "NO DEAL OR I VOTE BIG L LIBERTARIAN IN 2014".
Posted by: JDTAY at November 30, 2012 04:23 PM (a0nis)


If Rand Paul ran on that ticket, I would probably vote for him.

Posted by: beach & a kindle at November 30, 2012 04:24 PM (LpQbZ)

124
when they can project Denise Milani in person into my bedroom i'll be impressed

Posted by: kj at November 30, 2012 04:25 PM (fAXyw)

125 >>> I'm still fuddy-duddy enough to like a physical location for things that are mine.

POSSESSION, is nine tenths of the law, or some such?

I'm with ya'

Posted by: Tobacco Road at November 30, 2012 04:26 PM (4Mv1T)

126
OR the pens with cute chicks in black bathing suits that slid off when you tilted the pen in one direction or the other?

I had one! Totally forgot about it until now.

Posted by: soothsayer at November 30, 2012 04:26 PM (jUytm)

127 Microsoft has been saying for years they just want you to have a dumb terminal on your desk and you log into their networks to do any and all computing.

Big Brother is pwing your shit.

Posted by: © Sponge at November 30, 2012 04:26 PM (UK9cE)

128 >>>In ten years we'll be living in tent cities.

well, *yes.*

I mean hypothetically, in a sci-fi future in which Obama doesn't bring the apocalypse.

Posted by: ace at November 30, 2012 04:27 PM (LCRYB)

129 People type on smart phones. At which I am terrible, btw. My thumbs are only for the spacebar.

Cursed manual Remington trained fingers.

Posted by: toby928© for TB at November 30, 2012 04:18 PM (QupBk)

But smartphones can have tactile feedback via vibration, you don't even get that with holographics.

Posted by: KG at November 30, 2012 04:27 PM (p7BzH)

130
Alternate post title:

A Computer Who Wore Tennis Shoes

Posted by: soothsayer at November 30, 2012 04:27 PM (jUytm)

131 I go down on Anna Wintour. Mmmm...mmmm...mmm.

Posted by: Sarah Jessica Parker at November 30, 2012 04:27 PM (wIgpo)

132 Also, don't forget the vibrator accessory on the end of an armature so I can make the cyber rub-a-dub to the sexy ladies.

Posted by: Truman North at November 30, 2012 04:27 PM (I2LwF)

133 when they can project Denise Milani in person into my bedroom i'll be impressed
Posted by: kj at November 30, 2012 04:25 PM (fAXyw)



It has long been postulated that the end of humanity as a species will arrive when there is actual virtual reality. Why bother engaging in the act of procreation with another human when you can do so with Christina and Kate whenever you would like in whatever manner you would like.


I've always felt the anti-human greens should shut up and put their energies into that. You want to collapse the birth rate? There you go.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Coming not nearly soon enough. at November 30, 2012 04:28 PM (VtjlW)

134 @128

Next you'll be telling us about free unicorn rides.

Posted by: JDTAY at November 30, 2012 04:28 PM (a0nis)

135 Just like the big gun battleship reached it perfection just in time to be rendered obsolete by the carrier, the typewriter reached perfection in the IBM Selectric, only to be immediately obsoleted by the word processor.

Posted by: toby928© for TB at November 30, 2012 04:28 PM (QupBk)

136 I like the eyeglasses suggestion, as far as doing away with the screen. For some reason this obvious thing didn't occur to me.

A watch on one hand could monitor finger movements to completely do away with the need for flat surfaces.

Posted by: ace at November 30, 2012 04:28 PM (LCRYB)

137

Legal Insurrection had a piece on this:


Conservative Search Engine

The Conservative Search Engine searches a large number of conservative blogs and conservative websites. As part of the Western Center for Journalism’s mission to equip conservative citizen journalists, we have created this search page to be a research tool for conservative bloggers and other citizen journalists who need the news without all the left-wing propaganda attached.

http://www.westernjournalism.com/blogging-tools/conservative-search-engine/


Ace is already there.

Posted by: beach & a kindle at November 30, 2012 04:29 PM (LpQbZ)

138 You will all laugh at me clinging to my Blackberry, but I will have the last laugh when Apple and Androidusers find out they are owned by these oligarchs.

Posted by: Vizzy at November 30, 2012 04:29 PM (H0lcY)

139 There are projects like folding@home that you can sign up for to do just that.

Sure, but the user doesn't really get anything out of it. That just lets someone else borrow your CPU remotely.

I mean a consumer offering- a much more powerful version of Siri maybe?

Something like a Star Trek type of computer program where you could just say "Computer, record Sons of Anarchy tomorrow night, and set the thermostat to 65 degrees at night, 70 degrees during the day. Now, pull up some anal amateur porn featuring a blonde midget with tan lines".

Posted by: Hollowpoint at November 30, 2012 04:30 PM (SY2Kh)

140 >>>I'm still fuddy-duddy enough to like a physical location for things that are mine.

I prefer that but if you could travel with a "computer" that was nothing but sunglasses and a "watch," with as little weight as that implies, you might think it was a pretty good travel solution.

Posted by: ace at November 30, 2012 04:30 PM (LCRYB)

141 Goggles! WiFi-like connected goggles. You join, you see! Don't need no stinking wall or projection thingy. Just "beam" it to my goggles! Up With Goggles!! Speech recognition. Don't need no stinking keyboard! Goggles, with microphones. Up With Goggles!! I want goggles, 24X7X365! Goggles!!

Posted by: and irresolute at November 30, 2012 04:30 PM (DBH1h)

142
Just like the big gun battleship reached it perfection just in time to
be rendered obsolete by the carrier, the typewriter reached perfection
in the IBM Selectric, only to be immediately obsoleted by the word
processor.

Posted by: toby928© for TB at November 30, 2012 04:28 PM (QupBk)


Kinda like cell phones. Cellular got really good, then they forced Digital PCS on you. PCS SUCKED ASS for a couple years, then got really good. Then they forced G on you.....zero coverage, but they priced PCS out of site to force you in that direction.

Why can't they just make something WORK before shoving it down my throat.

Posted by: © Sponge at November 30, 2012 04:31 PM (UK9cE)

143

A watch on one hand could monitor finger movements to completely do away with the need for flat surfaces.

Posted by: ace at November 30, 2012 04:28 PM (LCRYB)




As a long time member of the ACM -- many of the SIG's have been covering this stuff for decades.

Deep, drilled down tech...

acm.org

Posted by: beach & a kindle at November 30, 2012 04:31 PM (LpQbZ)

144 Anybody have some TP? I have a fax coming in!

Posted by: Just the Punchline at November 30, 2012 04:31 PM (QupBk)

145 The biggest problem with cloud computing is that they'll know about all my illegal ****.

Eh, they probably already do.

Posted by: JDTAY at November 30, 2012 04:31 PM (a0nis)

146 I'd like to be able to do the Tom Cruise Control-the-Computer-With-Hand-Gestures thing, so long as the hand gestures required weren't quite so, what's the word, faggy and balletic.

Posted by: ace at November 30, 2012 04:32 PM (LCRYB)

147 136 I like the eyeglasses suggestion, as far as doing away with the screen. For some reason this obvious thing didn't occur to me.

A watch on one hand could monitor finger movements to completely do away with the need for flat surfaces.

Posted by: ace at November 30, 2012 04:28 PM (LCRYB)

________________________

A watch--on the wrist?

I think that'll knock Cicero rig out of the market.

Posted by: tasker at November 30, 2012 04:32 PM (r2PLg)

148 >>>I like the eyeglasses suggestion, as far as doing away with the screen. For some reason this obvious thing didn't occur to me.

Doesn't this technology already exist? Or is Skymall lying to me?

Posted by: Yoshi, Aggrieved Victim of the White Man at November 30, 2012 04:32 PM (csi6Y)

149 I remember signing up for typing class, because we had brand new Selectric typewriters -- pretty high tech at the time. Thinking, the entire two semesters, what a useless class it was and how none of the hottest chicks in the shortest skirts had signed up for it. Couple years later I'm writing software in Cobol.

Posted by: Schrödinger's cat at November 30, 2012 04:32 PM (feFL6)

150 Wait...

only one wrist--never mind.

Posted by: tasker at November 30, 2012 04:32 PM (r2PLg)

151 Flying cars! I want flying cars! Too! Also! And Goggles!! ..... sorry, happy hour ...

Posted by: and irresolute at November 30, 2012 04:32 PM (DBH1h)

152 >>>As a long time member of the ACM -- many of the SIG's have been covering this stuff for decades.

I understood scattered words in this sentence.

Posted by: ace at November 30, 2012 04:32 PM (LCRYB)

153 > Microsoft has been saying for years they just want you to have a dumb
terminal on your desk and you log into their networks to do any and all
computing.

Of course they do. All their piracy concerns evaporate if they spoon-feed you. So do concerns about compatibility.

Posted by: apotheosis at November 30, 2012 04:33 PM (xWk3U)

154 >>>
Doesn't this technology already exist? Or is Skymall lying to me?

a lot of things "exist" in a crude and unusable form.

Posted by: ace at November 30, 2012 04:33 PM (LCRYB)

155 Holy macrame--the last thread is getting weird.

Posted by: tasker at November 30, 2012 04:33 PM (r2PLg)

156 Technology to soothe the grumbling masses. You know; like shiny things and squirrels. Works every time.

Posted by: Soona at November 30, 2012 04:34 PM (2mZZv)

157 I mean, man-made fusion "exists." But it exists at a Princeton lab and costs thirty five million dollars a year to produce 10% of the energy it consumes.

Posted by: ace at November 30, 2012 04:34 PM (LCRYB)

158
They can have my keyboard when they pry my cold dead hands off of it.






And/or if Siri actually starts working.

Posted by: i am mad as hell - period at November 30, 2012 04:34 PM (cgxNI)

159 iTunes. The worst thing ever.

You can't do ANYTHING with an apple device without iTunes. You don't think apple knows what you have on your iPad?

You can't push music, documents, nothing. The only thing you can do with an apple device without iTunes is download pictures you've taken with it.


I don't WANT them to know what music I listen to.

Posted by: © Sponge at November 30, 2012 04:34 PM (UK9cE)

160 @159

Been listening to Carly Rae Jepsen, have you?

Posted by: JDTAY at November 30, 2012 04:35 PM (a0nis)

161 Man made fusion? Yeah, it exists.

Posted by: Bikini Atoll at November 30, 2012 04:36 PM (QupBk)

162 The real question is, what does this mean for online porn?

Posted by: JollyRoger at November 30, 2012 04:36 PM (t06LC)

163 Couple years later I'm writing software in Cobol.

That's where you met all the hot chicks?

Posted by: fluffy at November 30, 2012 04:36 PM (3SvjA)

164 Hawkeye in the Avengers movie had little keypads on his hips that were contoured to the palms of his hands. He would "punch in" what arrow tip and shaft he wanted and his robotic quiver popped it out for him.

Such "glove keypads" do exist.

It would take some re-learning but this would be a more portable keyboard than the standard QWERTY ones.

Posted by: Truman North at November 30, 2012 04:37 PM (I2LwF)

165 Couple years later I'm writing software in Cobol.

Real men scratch the code on the silicon with buck knives.

Posted by: toby928© for TB at November 30, 2012 04:37 PM (QupBk)

166 Looking forwards, I hoping we can get a bbs running over a ham radio net using solar power. Having the only network in the wasteland will mean real power - imagine riches, fresh food, girls, toothpaste ...

Posted by: Jean at November 30, 2012 04:37 PM (49lPc)

167 "what's the word, faggy and balletic."

Isn't that two words?

But ace, they are masters at what they do!.

Posted by: HH at November 30, 2012 04:38 PM (XXwdv)

168 Why can't they just make something WORK before shoving it down my throat.
Posted by: © Sponge at November 30, 2012 04:31 PM (UK9cE)


-----------------------------------------------


Don't worry. You'll have all the time in the world to get used to today's technology when the "New Era" kicks in. Progress will slow down to an imperceptable crawl.

Posted by: Soona at November 30, 2012 04:38 PM (2mZZv)

169 Back in the early days of personal computing some of the keyboard options that were out there like the old membrane keyboards sucked to type on due to the relative lack of tactile feedback.

I can only imagine the problems with a flat, virtual keyboard on your desk.


Posted by: Coldstream at November 30, 2012 04:38 PM (qrCKL)

170

As a long time member of the ACM -- many of the SIG's have been covering this stuff for decades.

I understood scattered words in this sentence.
Posted by: ace at November 30, 2012 04:32 PM (LCRYB)



I am a long time member of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery). Been a member since being a computer science major in undergrad school.

There are a number of SIG's (Special Interest Groups), like SIGGRAPH, for example, which deals in the research and development of things like what you describe in your post/comments.

SIGGRAPH - Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques
The mission of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques is to promote the generation and dissemination of information on computer graphics and interactive techniques. Members include researchers, developers, and users from the technical, academic, business, and artistic communities. Membership in SIGGRAPH includes a subscription to the Computer Graphics Quarterly, a siggraph.org email address, and full access to SIGGRAPH publications in the ACM Portal.


The SIG's also have annual events, for example:

http://s2012.siggraph.org/

Very fun stuff. All cutting edge. And, lots of hands on/interactive play at the conferences.

Posted by: beach & a kindle at November 30, 2012 04:39 PM (LpQbZ)

171 162, see alt.sex.stories.text

Posted by: Jean at November 30, 2012 04:39 PM (49lPc)

172 The key deliverable of any technologically advanced peripheral is this:

Will this facilitate access to porn?

If true, you got a winner.

Posted by: Fritz at November 30, 2012 04:39 PM (d8K+M)

173 It has long been postulated that the end of humanity as a species will arrive when there is actual virtual reality. Why bother engaging in the act of procreation with another human when you can do so with Christina and Kate whenever you would like in whatever manner you would like.

Why the either/or? Think outside of the box - you can real sex with the old lady along with six hawt virtual Playmate friends. Or midgets or whatever.

Posted by: Mætenloch at November 30, 2012 04:39 PM (pAlYe)

174 >>>157 I mean, man-made fusion "exists." But it exists at a Princeton lab and costs thirty five million dollars a year to produce 10% of the energy it consumes.

Well, yeah. That's probably why I never bought anything from Skymall.

Posted by: Yoshi, Aggrieved Victim of the White Man at November 30, 2012 04:40 PM (csi6Y)

175 Meh, would screw up my online gaming.
Posted by: beach at November 30, 2012 03:48 PM (LpQbZ)

Cool another gamer. Please make sure to look in on the Sunday Afternoon Gaming Thread and tell us what you like to play (assuming one gets posted, since we end up missing about one week in three).

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, still a Hobbit at November 30, 2012 04:40 PM (NYki8)

176 Just think how much easier it would be to say "gofuckyerself!" than to have to type it!! Goggles! ... with microphones!! ... while in my flying car! ... while going over the fiscal hump, cliff, thingy ... while using fusion energy supplied by my wristwatch. Ahhh, Friday!!

Posted by: and irresolute at November 30, 2012 04:40 PM (DBH1h)

177 I mean, man-made fusion "exists." But it exists at a Princeton lab and costs thirty five million dollars a year to produce 10% of the energy it consumes.

Posted by: ace at November 30, 2012 04:34 PM (LCRYB)
I'm told theybroke even on power consumption a few years back. And hey, progress has to start with crap. At least they aren't rolling it out Solar panel style.

Posted by: tsrblke at November 30, 2012 04:40 PM (GaqMa)

178
140 >>>I'm still fuddy-duddy enough to like a physical location for things that are mine.


I prefer that but if you could travel with a "computer" that was nothing but sunglasses and a "watch," with as little weight as that implies, you might think it was a pretty good travel solution.

Posted by: ace at November 30, 2012 04:30 PM (LCRYB)

-----------

But you'd still be limited to the constraints of where you could get a WiFi signal.

Unless...we progress beyond that requirement, somehow.

Posted by: wheatie at November 30, 2012 04:41 PM (CM59X)

179 Hawkeye in the Avengers movie had little keypads on his hips that were contoured to the palms of his hands. He would "punch in" what arrow tip and shaft he wanted and his robotic quiver popped it out for him. Such "glove keypads" do exist. It would take some re-learning but this would be a more portable keyboard than the standard QWERTY ones.

I hear Zach Moffat wanted a pair of those to run ORCA.

Posted by: Bevel Lemelisk at November 30, 2012 04:41 PM (FkKjr)

180 Why bother engaging in the act of procreation with another human when you can do so with Christina and Kate whenever you would like in whatever manner you would like.
******************

God yes. Waking up every morning to a virtual reality of Hendricks or Milani fondling my balls and thus ensuring the demise of things like online dating and pretty much the entire worthless female race (sans moronettes) is the kind of hi-tech I could only hope will arrive in my lifetime.

Posted by: Christina Hendricks's Mighty Jugs are Really SMOD in Disguise at November 30, 2012 04:41 PM (tEkQA)

181 The real question is, what does this mean for online porn?

We're already approaching the day where it'll be easier to use virtual actors instead of real people, with the viewer unable to tell the difference.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at November 30, 2012 04:41 PM (SY2Kh)

182 see alt.sex.stories.text

Posted by: Jean at November 30, 2012 04:39 PM (49lPc)


OMG. I haven't been to a newsgroup in years.

Several ISP's did away with newsgroups and only allowed generic "rooms" so I stopped looking into them.

Posted by: © Sponge at November 30, 2012 04:41 PM (UK9cE)

183 >>>It has long been postulated that the end of humanity as a species will arrive when there is actual virtual reality. Why bother engaging in the act of procreation with another human when you can do so with Christina and Kate whenever you would like in whatever manner you would like.

I very much doubt a bunch of nerds are ever going to figure out how to get the experience anywhere near right.

Look for your right hand to be the definitive virtual reality experience for the next million years or so.

Posted by: Yoshi, Aggrieved Victim of the White Man at November 30, 2012 04:41 PM (csi6Y)

184
http://s2013.siggraph.org/

2013 is in Anaheim.

Posted by: beach & a kindle at November 30, 2012 04:41 PM (LpQbZ)

185 Game away, until they start taxing it.

Posted by: USS Diversity at November 30, 2012 04:42 PM (85EaA)

186 >>>But you'd still be limited to the constraints of where you could get a WiFi signal.

Unless...we progress beyond that requirement, somehow.

4G will be everywhere. EVERYWHERE.

Posted by: Yoshi, Aggrieved Victim of the White Man at November 30, 2012 04:42 PM (csi6Y)

187 Hawkeye in the Avengers movie had little keypads on his hips


Hmmm. Staring at Jeremy Renner's ass hips may be sufficient to at least momentarily overcome the Whedon hate. Must ponder.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Coming not nearly soon enough. at November 30, 2012 04:43 PM (VtjlW)

188 Thanks to advanced American technology (and the muzlims' incomparable invention of the zero), real warp drive is on its way, baby!

http://tinyurl.com/clzolo5

Then we can all live in tents on Rigel 7.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at November 30, 2012 04:43 PM (QKKT0)

189 And/or if Siri actually starts working.
Posted by: i am mad as hell - period at November 30, 2012 04:34 PM (cgxNI)


------------------------------------


Ain't that the fucking truth. Siri only works at 3am in the morning for me. As soon as the dawn starts breaking, I start getting the Siri brushoff.

Posted by: Soona at November 30, 2012 04:43 PM (2mZZv)

190 But you'd still be limited to the constraints of where you could get a WiFi signal.

Unless...we progress beyond that requirement, somehow.
Posted by: wheatie at November 30, 2012 04:41 PM (CM59X)
Hi, since I"m not available everywhere (but in 95% of the nation) , I can't tell if that was sarcasm or not.

Posted by: Cellular Data at November 30, 2012 04:43 PM (GaqMa)

191 Whatever happened to the sci-fi idea of direct electrical stimulation of the pleasure centers of your brain? I really thought we would have plug-heads by now.

Posted by: toby928© for TB at November 30, 2012 04:43 PM (QupBk)

192 > Real men scratch the code on the silicon with buck knives.

Real network engineers scream zeroes and ones into the telephone handset.

Posted by: apotheosis at November 30, 2012 04:43 PM (xWk3U)

193 Cool another gamer. Please make sure to look in on the Sunday Afternoon Gaming Thread and tell us what you like to play (assuming one gets posted, since we end up missing about one week in three).
Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, still a Hobbit at November 30, 2012 04:40 PM (NYki



I do. In between the NFL games.

Posted by: beach & a kindle at November 30, 2012 04:44 PM (LpQbZ)

194 >>>It has long been postulated that the end of humanity as a species will arrive when there is actual virtual reality. Why bother engaging in the act of procreation with another human when you can do so with Christina and Kate whenever you would like in whatever manner you would like.

I'm laughing at this, not because I think it's dumb, but just because I know who postulated it.

It was Dennis Miller. It was a joke (though a joke with some reality inside of it).

I just think it's funny that it's being said with the portentous "It has long been postulated..." when it's a Dennis Miller joke. (Again, a joke that is not entirely a joke.)

Posted by: ace at November 30, 2012 04:44 PM (LCRYB)

195 191 Whatever happened to the sci-fi idea of direct electrical stimulation of the pleasure centers of your brain? I really thought we would have plug-heads by now.
Posted by: toby928© for TB at November 30, 2012 04:43 PM (QupBk)

Yes! They call it TV! Fox News! CNN! .. etc!

Posted by: and irresolute at November 30, 2012 04:45 PM (DBH1h)

196 >>>Hmmm. Staring at Jeremy Renner's ass hips may be sufficient to at least momentarily overcome the Whedon hate. Must ponder.

I'm amazed Whedon pulled off the Avengers as well as he did, but he already had his stock completely unbelievable butt-kicking waif baked in the cake, so there was a limit to the damage dealt.

Posted by: Yoshi, Aggrieved Victim of the White Man at November 30, 2012 04:45 PM (csi6Y)

197 Technology to soothe the grumbling masses. You know; like shiny things and squirrels. Works every time.
Posted by: Soona at November 30, 2012 04:34 PM (2mZZv)



I will go on record as stating I do not want a shiny squirrel.


Having said that, I got an unexpected bonus this week and my brain immediately went KINDLE GET THE NEW KINDLE MUST HAVE GET IT NOW.

Because what I need are four kindles.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Coming not nearly soon enough. at November 30, 2012 04:45 PM (VtjlW)

198 > It was Dennis Miller. It was a joke (though a joke with some reality inside of it).

"...it'll make crack look like Sanka."

Does Sanka still even exist?

Posted by: apotheosis at November 30, 2012 04:46 PM (xWk3U)

199 159 - think about it - Apple = libtards, once they have enough signed up they will tell you what you CAN listen to.

Posted by: Vizzy at November 30, 2012 04:46 PM (H0lcY)

200 again, let me be clear: I'm not laughing AT anyone, just laughing at how a joke from 15 or 20 years ago has become, with time, a bit of sage statement.

Seriousness is often just a matter of time's passage. Winston Churchill's crack about drinking poison is now a kind of classic just because it was said fifty years ago.

Posted by: ace at November 30, 2012 04:46 PM (LCRYB)

201 We're already approaching the day where it'll be easier to use virtual
actors instead of real people, with the viewer unable to tell the
difference.


I look forward to the day when I can direct Mr. Banks banging Mary Poppins like a screen door in a hurricane.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at November 30, 2012 04:46 PM (QKKT0)

202 >>>Having said that, I got an unexpected bonus this week and my brain immediately went KINDLE GET THE NEW KINDLE MUST HAVE GET IT NOW.

I will review it this weekend; I've meant to.

It's very good. I have no complaints.

Posted by: ace at November 30, 2012 04:47 PM (LCRYB)

203 Real men scratch the code on the silicon with buck knives.

Real network engineers scream zeroes and ones into the telephone handset.


If you can't pass a morse code keying test, your nothing but meat.

Posted by: Jean at November 30, 2012 04:47 PM (LnQr8)

204 Shit--don't know if I like the eyeglasses idea either.

Are your eyes built to 'read" like that?

And what about your situational awareness?

Also I don't want my field of vision junked up like that.

Gawd--I'm in full crank mode.

pffffttt. It's easier being negatory.

Posted by: tasker at November 30, 2012 04:47 PM (r2PLg)

205 The key deliverable of any technologically advanced peripheral is this:
Will this facilitate access to porn?


I've long postulated that online pornography facilitated the development of the technology that we take for granted nowadays. Go to a news site, watch a video. Who honed that technology?

If it weren't for porn that same website would have a 50 pixel by 50 pixel movie and we'd still be back on 1200 baud modems.

Horny geeks rule society, despite the efforts of Democrats, who insist that ambulatory vaginal units with a need for no cost replaceable expendables do.

Posted by: Schrödinger's cat at November 30, 2012 04:48 PM (feFL6)

206 The paperwhite or the fire HD?

Posted by: dantesed at November 30, 2012 04:48 PM (nswid)

207 It's very good. I have no complaints.
Posted by: ace at November 30, 2012 04:47 PM (LCRYB)



then you must go to the beach

Posted by: beach & a kindle at November 30, 2012 04:48 PM (LpQbZ)

208 Winston Churchill's crack about drinking poison is now a kind of classic just because it was said fifty years ago.

I think it was funny then too. Ditto the story of the woman dining with Coolidge.

Posted by: toby928© for TB at November 30, 2012 04:48 PM (QupBk)

209 I have one complaint, actually.

In theory, you now have 6 font types to choose from. In reality, most of these are spindly (like the Baskervilles font) and looks sort of washed out. Just not dark enough.

So, in REALITY, what you'll read with, probably, is the Caedilla Condensed that is standard on every Kindle and has been for a long time.

I'm kind of disappointed by this. Six fonts, but five are bad. So, one then.

There is something I see sometimes called "Publisher supplied font" but I don't know if that's the publisher choosing one of the 6 available fonts or if the book actually comes with its own font coding.

Posted by: ace at November 30, 2012 04:49 PM (LCRYB)

210 Also I've been meaning to tell you guys this for awhile--

no chick is built to put up with your porn habit.

It's bullshit. Knock it off.

No one wants to compete with that de-humanization or what ever.

No one is built to handle that.

Posted by: tasker at November 30, 2012 04:50 PM (r2PLg)

211 http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3rzfds/

maybe the world isn't so screwed.

Posted by: so joeindc44 is full of all sorts of hindsight now, like JFK? at November 30, 2012 04:51 PM (QxSug)

212 >>>Shit--don't know if I like the eyeglasses idea either.

>>>Are your eyes built to 'read" like that?

>>>And what about your situational awareness?

What are you, Dwight Shrute? You don't put the computer glasses on when you're exploring a brave new world on Star Trek, man. The same as you don't hold a book in front of your face and read it when situational awareness is a concern.

Posted by: ace at November 30, 2012 04:51 PM (LCRYB)

213 I'm going to miss really good food. Remember back in the 70's when there were two kinds of mustard at the supermarket? Brown and yellow. When Grey Poupon came out people had no idea what to make of it. Now, even the most podunk grocery store has a couple of dozen different varieties of mustard. It's the same for all kinds of different food. What was once an exotic delicacy is sold at the convenience store by the Interstate.
Yep when I'm fighting the rats for half a moldy can of Chef Boyardee Mini-Bites I'm going to miss all the good food that's available to us in the early 21st Century.

Posted by: Rod Munsch at November 30, 2012 04:51 PM (2aB+q)

214 It was Dennis Miller. It was a joke (though a joke with some reality inside of it).


I could not remember who it was, I thought maybe Scott Adams, and thus was foolishly attempting to sneak past the Horde that I was stealing a joke. Should have known distributed Horde knowledge would catch it immediately.


ace, you do realize you are not helping with the whole must not get new kindle thing, right?


Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Coming not nearly soon enough. at November 30, 2012 04:51 PM (VtjlW)

215 You can have our porn when you pry it from our cold sticky hands.

Posted by: toby928© for TB at November 30, 2012 04:51 PM (QupBk)

216 And if she says--

She doesn't care....

Houston--you might have a problem.

Posted by: tasker at November 30, 2012 04:51 PM (r2PLg)

217 >>>I think it was funny then too. Ditto the story of the woman dining with Coolidge.

it's funny, but people repeat the line with *reverence.* No one would take a Tosh 2.0 gag from last week and repeat it with *reverence.*

Even if it was a funny gag.

Posted by: ace at November 30, 2012 04:52 PM (LCRYB)

218 I'm laughing at this, not because I think it's dumb, but just because I know who postulated it.

It was Dennis Miller. It was a joke (though a joke with some reality inside of it).

I just think it's funny that it's being said with the portentous "It has long been postulated..." when it's a Dennis Miller joke. (Again, a joke that is not entirely a joke.)

Posted by: ace at November 30, 2012 04:44 PM (LCRYB)
Ace, hasn't similar things been postulated though since long before Miller? Miller latched on to the whole "Sex angle" (although arguably Brave New World latched on to a parellell argument for this prior to that.)The idea that [some future technology] will make us [weak, lazy, prone to excess] is as old as...well technology.

Posted by: tsrblke at November 30, 2012 04:52 PM (GaqMa)

219 Nil Butron is a pud.

Posted by: Dr. Varno at November 30, 2012 04:53 PM (6TveQ)

220 It has long been postulated that the end of humanity as a species will arrive when there is actual virtual reality.


It's funny. Over 10 years ago, while in Boulder, they had a Virtual Reality "arcade" that only lasted a short while.

You paid, I think it was $10 a session, to step into a cylindrical cage like thing, where they hooked you up to all kinds of wires, especially a head/helmet set and gloves.

You could "play" with 2 other people, running around a virtual world (primitive looking to our standards now), and you could shoot. It was insane. You would use your head to direct your view via the helmet, and your hands to target, etc.

Then it just went away...

It was at least 12-15 years ago, now.

Posted by: beach & a kindle at November 30, 2012 04:53 PM (LpQbZ)

221 What are you, Dwight Shrute? You don't put the computer glasses on when you're exploring a brave new world on Star Trek, man. The same as you don't hold a book in front of your face and read it when situational awareness is a concern.

Posted by: ace at November 30, 2012 04:51 PM (LCRYB)

________________

Off to google Dwight--what's his nuts.

But if I'm at an airport--or in public--I'm watching my environment.

Maybe just out of morbid curiosity --who knows.

Or survival instinct.

My family is from Croat--ville.

Posted by: tasker at November 30, 2012 04:54 PM (r2PLg)

222 no chick is built to put up with your porn habit.


It's bullshit. Knock it off.


I'LL KNOCK IT OFF WHEN CHICKS REALIZE THAT PLUMBERS, PIZZA DELIVERY DRIVERS, AND HISPANIC POOLBOYS AREN'T PUT ON THIS EARTH TO SUPPORT THEIR BUKKAKE HABIT.

Posted by: apotheosis at November 30, 2012 04:54 PM (xWk3U)

223 Oh Gawd, every red blooded (and blue veined, IYCMD) male knows the difference between the silicon wonder at 1080 res on the computer screen and an actual woman.

Posted by: Schrödinger's cat at November 30, 2012 04:54 PM (feFL6)

224
190 But you'd still be limited to the constraints of where you could get a WiFi signal.

Unless...we progress beyond that requirement, somehow.
Posted by: wheatie at November 30, 2012 04:41 PM (CM59X)


Hi, since I"m not available everywhere (but in 95% of the nation) , I can't tell if that was sarcasm or not.

Posted by: Cellular Data at November 30, 2012 04:43 PM (GaqMa)

----------

Available...
Yeah, as long as we pay our bill and are subscribers.

And I'm not so sure about that "95% of the nation" figure.
There are still a lot of areas that have no service...rural areas...areas that you might want to travel to.

Posted by: wheatie at November 30, 2012 04:55 PM (CM59X)

225 OMG--

I love Dwight--just didn't know that was his last name.

(like Chandler's was Bing.)

Who knows that kind of stuff!?

Posted by: tasker at November 30, 2012 04:55 PM (r2PLg)

226 > every red blooded (and blue veined, IYCMD) male knows the difference
between the silicon wonder at 1080 res on the computer screen and an
actual woman.

...availability.

Posted by: apotheosis at November 30, 2012 04:55 PM (xWk3U)

227 All computation would be done in a cloud, away from any of the two small physical components.

All your information, everything will be in the hands of the likes of Google and Facebook, neither who will hesitate to hand it over to third party marketers, any scam artist who'll pay for it, and of course your loving benevolent government


Posted by: kbdabear at November 30, 2012 04:55 PM (wwsoB)

228 Google Glass, or whatever MS/Apple cooks up, will be the next best thing.

Computing when you need it, but out of the way the rest of the time. No need to compulsively check your phone.

Posted by: HoboJerky, now with 45% more DOOM! at November 30, 2012 04:56 PM (xAtAj)

229 Also I've been meaning to tell you guys this for awhile-- no chick is built to put up with your porn habit. It's bullshit. Knock it off. No one wants to compete with that de-humanization or what ever. No one is built to handle that.
Posted by: tasker at November 30, 2012 04:50 PM (r2PLg)


----------------------------------------------


Agree 100%. Porn is as destructive to this society as Dear Leader and the dems are.

Posted by: Soona at November 30, 2012 04:56 PM (2mZZv)

230 Wake me when we gave full haptic VR rigs like in Ready Player One, complete with smell towers and customizable electromotive fuck dolls.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at November 30, 2012 04:56 PM (PFvlM)

231 Yep when I'm fighting the rats for half a moldy can of Chef Boyardee Mini-Bites I'm going to miss all the good food that's available to us in the early 21st Century.


Mmmm! Rat-kabob...

Posted by: fluffy at November 30, 2012 04:56 PM (3SvjA)

232 The same as you don't hold a book in front of your face and read it when situational awareness is a concern.

Posted by: ace at November 30, 2012 04:51 PM (LCRYB)



Yes. Because no one would possibly read a book while walking down the street. Or through a crowd. Or while driving. *shifty eyes*

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Coming not nearly soon enough. at November 30, 2012 04:56 PM (VtjlW)

233 I'LL KNOCK IT OFF WHEN CHICKS REALIZE THAT PLUMBERS, PIZZA DELIVERY DRIVERS, AND HISPANIC POOLBOYS AREN'T PUT ON THIS EARTH TO SUPPORT THEIR BUKKAKE HABIT.
Posted by: apotheosis at November 30, 2012 04:54 PM (xWk3U)

___________________

Damn it I think I use to know what Bukkake meant--

off to the googles again/

Posted by: tasker at November 30, 2012 04:56 PM (r2PLg)

234 All computation would be done in a cloud, away from any of the two small physical components.

Hey, YOU, get off of my Cloud !!!

Posted by: Keith Richards at November 30, 2012 04:57 PM (wwsoB)

Posted by: Fizz at November 30, 2012 04:57 PM (NRc95)

236 A serious porn question for you experts. I have actually looked at some modern porn and it struck me that the poor wretches in it were ... eh ... fairly ugly by my standards. Both genders all tatted up etc.

Is this common? No Rachel Welch circa 1M BC lookalikes out there?

Posted by: toby928© for TB at November 30, 2012 04:57 PM (QupBk)

237 217 >>>I think it was funny then too. Ditto the story of the woman dining with Coolidge.

it's funny, but people repeat the line with *reverence.* No one would take a Tosh 2.0 gag from last week and repeat it with *reverence.*

Even if it was a funny gag.

Posted by: ace at November 30, 2012 04:52 PM (LCRYB)



Well, in fairness, that's because Tosh is an unfunny tool IMO. YMMV.

Posted by: BCochran1981 at November 30, 2012 04:57 PM (n5+zr)

238 All your information, everything will be in the
hands of the likes of Google and Facebook, neither who will hesitate to
hand it over to third party marketers, any scam artist who'll pay for
it, and of course your loving benevolent government




Posted by: kbdabear at November 30, 2012 04:55 PM (wwsoB)

Except that they don't(at least not the marketer part). They sell ad-words, not users. The thing to be worried about is Google knowing too much about you and then the Feds rolling in and demanding your info to "fight terrorism". That at least can be made illegal.

Posted by: HoboJerky, now with 45% more DOOM! at November 30, 2012 04:57 PM (xAtAj)

239 49
The speed of text generated by speech recognition software impressed me
to where I can imagine touch typing joining shorthand in the anachronism
category for the next generation.

Posted by: derit at November 30, 2012 04:05 PM (I88Jc)

I can just see other people's reactions to me sitting at the airport gate commenting vocally on an AoS thread. Hilarity would ensue.
(Ace: ACM = Association for Computing Machinery, SIG = Special Interest Group.)

Posted by: joncelli at November 30, 2012 04:57 PM (RD7QR)

240 Apple probably not libtard, they just PR market to the libtard class because libtard class is concerned with conspicuous consumption and status whoring.

That's why the LenaDunham voting bloc and the WhitePeopleTooGoodToDoRealWork* voting bloc are so strong for the left.

* I went to get law degree not for job but because I get to say I'm a lawyer, fries with that?

Posted by: so joeindc44 is full of all sorts of hindsight now, like JFK? at November 30, 2012 04:58 PM (QxSug)

241 I could not remember who it was, I thought maybe Scott Adams

It was Scott Adams.

Posted by: fluffy at November 30, 2012 04:58 PM (3SvjA)

242 > I think I use to know what Bukkake meant--

You ever see that Mythbusters where they paint a room by exploding a bucket of paint in the middle of it?

Turn that inside out so that the room is painting the bucket, and you're off to a good start.

Posted by: apotheosis at November 30, 2012 04:58 PM (xWk3U)

243 For example. I'm a car maker. I want to show ads to people that search for/visit pages that have the words "muscle car".

Google sets it up so those ads show.

The car maker sees nothing except the number of clicks etc.

Posted by: HoboJerky, now with 45% more DOOM! at November 30, 2012 04:58 PM (xAtAj)

244 Damn it I think I use to know what Bukkake meant--

off to the googles again/
Posted by: tasker at November 30, 2012 04:56 PM (r2PLg)



Holy fuck NO. That term and lemon party are among the primary reasons that Rules for Morons Number One was put into effect.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Coming not nearly soon enough. at November 30, 2012 04:58 PM (VtjlW)

245 And we'll be back to the days of everyone using a terminal to connect to a mainframe. Lovely, I thought we did the whole PC thing to get away from that.

Also, 234: That's still better than, "Hey McCloud, get off of my ewe."

Posted by: Fizz at November 30, 2012 04:58 PM (NRc95)

246 229 Also I've been meaning to tell you guys this for awhile-- no chick is built to put up with your porn habit. It's bullshit. Knock it off. No one wants to compete with that de-humanization or what ever. No one is built to handle that.
Posted by: tasker at November 30, 2012 04:50 PM (r2PLg)




Really? Huh. I'll have to tell my wife that she exists outside of reality.

Posted by: BCochran1981 at November 30, 2012 04:59 PM (n5+zr)

247 the hell is going on here, pr0n thread?

Posted by: so joeindc44 is full of all sorts of hindsight now, like JFK? at November 30, 2012 04:59 PM (QxSug)

248 Pfft...Old technology. I was doing luminescence when you were just a twinkle in your momma's eye.


Posted by: Al Gore at November 30, 2012 04:59 PM (jvd3N)

249

For all those porn talkers on this thread, remember Ace's post

http://ricochet.com/main-feed/Is-Porn-Poison-for-the-Brain

and, his celibacy from it

maybe we should move on?

Posted by: beach & a kindle at November 30, 2012 05:00 PM (LpQbZ)

250 All threads eventually become ONT.

Posted by: toby928© for TB at November 30, 2012 05:00 PM (QupBk)

251 Tasker, pffttffffffffffffffffttttt....

Teh pr0n is the cure for a male population that has to deal with with a fuckheaded female population that votes 70% to suck Obama's dildo.

Posted by: Christina Hendricks's Mighty Jugs are Really SMOD in Disguise at November 30, 2012 05:00 PM (tEkQA)

252 244 Damn it I think I use to know what Bukkake meant--

off to the googles again/
Posted by: tasker at November 30, 2012 04:56 PM (r2PLg)


Holy fuck NO. That term and lemon party are among the primary reasons that Rules for Morons Number One was put into effect.
Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Coming not nearly soon enough. at November 30, 2012 04:58 PM (VtjlW)

_______________

Damn it--alex--you are too late.

Gawd!

I think I got it mixed up with--something else.

Like bonsai or something...oy.

Posted by: tasker at November 30, 2012 05:00 PM (r2PLg)

253 244 Holy fuck NO. That term and lemon party are among the primary reasons that Rules for Morons Number One was put into effect.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Coming not nearly soon enough. at November 30, 2012 04:58 PM



SSSSSHHHHHHH!!!!!!



Wait for it.....

Posted by: BCochran1981 at November 30, 2012 05:00 PM (n5+zr)

254
Available...
Yeah, as long as we pay our bill and are subscribers.

And I'm not so sure about that "95% of the nation" figure.
There are still a lot of areas that have no service...rural areas...areas that you might want to travel to.

Posted by: wheatie at November 30, 2012 04:55 PM (CM59X)
Fine for ATT it might be 80%: http://tinyurl.com/yfperd5 (It's still a lot.) and while I agree that there are areas where you want it but can't get it, that is changing (and Satellite internet is available in even more places IIRC.)As for paying your bill and being a suscriber? Erg...erg...? You want free crap? This is not the place for you. (More and more "Data only" packages are springing up if your concern is an unneeded cell phone plan.)

Posted by: tsrblke at November 30, 2012 05:01 PM (GaqMa)

255 When is the debt ceiling going to be hit again?

Posted by: Hopeless at November 30, 2012 05:01 PM (s+Cb9)

256 249

For all those porn talkers on this thread, remember Ace's post

http://ricochet.com/main-feed/Is-Porn-Poison-for-the-Brain

and, his celibacy from it

maybe we should move on?
Posted by: beach & a kindle at November 30, 2012 05:00 PM (LpQbZ)




You must've missed the thread where Ace said that lasted for, at best, 4 days.

Posted by: BCochran1981 at November 30, 2012 05:02 PM (n5+zr)

257 >>>I'LL KNOCK IT OFF WHEN CHICKS REALIZE THAT PLUMBERS, PIZZA DELIVERY DRIVERS, AND HISPANIC POOLBOYS AREN'T PUT ON THIS EARTH TO SUPPORT THEIR BUKKAKE HABIT.

i don't know what provoked this but it's hilarious

Posted by: ace at November 30, 2012 05:02 PM (LCRYB)

258 249

For all those porn talkers on this thread, remember Ace's post

http://ricochet.com/main-feed/Is-Porn-Poison-for-the-Brain

and, his celibacy from it

maybe we should move on?
Posted by: beach & a kindle at November 30, 2012 05:00 PM (LpQbZ)

__________________

Speaking of which....

I think there is a tell on this thread that-

Ace might be cheating on his--

NBC boycott.

Posted by: tasker at November 30, 2012 05:02 PM (r2PLg)

259

Posted by: tsrblke at November 30, 2012 05:01 PM (GaqMa)

1) that is a FANTASTIC hash dude. Wow. Internet winnar.
2) T-Mobile has a no-contract $30 plan that covers 100 minutes, unlimited text/data. Quite nice.























Posted by: HoboJerky, now with 45% more DOOM! at November 30, 2012 05:02 PM (xAtAj)

260 >>>Also I've been meaning to tell you guys this for awhile--


no chick is built to put up with your porn habit.


It's bullshit. Knock it off.


No one wants to compete with that de-humanization or what ever.


No one is built to handle that.

If you are talking about the constant reminder that men constantly sexually objectify women. Yes women are built to understand, and even exploit that, and have done so for centuries.

I think most women who are in relationships with men who openly peruse porn understand a couple of things.
1. At least he's objectifying women who
a. agreed to be objectified
b. are unavailable.
2. If a man ever stops looking at other women sexually, it follows he will stop looking at his spouse sexually.

I suspect that women who object to male use of porn, either don't understand men, are really really insecure, or are easily made jealous.

Posted by: MikeTheMoose is Shrugging at November 30, 2012 05:04 PM (0q2P7)

261 A serious porn question for you experts. I have actually looked at some modern porn and it struck me that the poor wretches in it were ... eh ... fairly ugly by my standards. Both genders all tatted up etc.

The tats don't make it with me -- instant click. As to the portable silicon based vaginal units with societal subsidized expendables? High res is not their friend.

Posted by: Schrödinger's cat at November 30, 2012 05:05 PM (feFL6)

262 I think I got it mixed up with--something else.

Like bonsai or something...oy.
Posted by: tasker at November 30, 2012 05:00 PM (r2PLg)



I am reasonably certain that there is bonsai bukkake stuff. I mean it's Japan. There must be.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Coming not nearly soon enough. at November 30, 2012 05:05 PM (VtjlW)

263
Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Coming not nearly soon enough. at November 30, 2012 04:58 PM (VtjlW)
Yes but you assholes make the Moron Rules so fucking hard to find, most of us have to ask other people, and by then it's too late!

@HoboJerky,
I'm lucky with my hashes what makes this one awesome?

Posted by: tsrblke at November 30, 2012 05:05 PM (GaqMa)

264 I'm sure someone else has pointed this out earlier in the comments, but there are virtual keyboards available now, you can see some if you do a search for "bluetooth virtual keyboard" on Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Abluetooth%20virtual%20keyboard.

One of these devices was shown in an episode of CSI (CSI: Miami, I think) years ago when someone was using it to update a blog surreptitiously from their workplace via a cellphone & virtual keyboard.

Doing everything from the cloud is fine in theory, IF you don't mind being tethered to an internet connection all the time AND IF you spend most of your time in places with active internet connections. Which means that if you're in the vast majority (geographically) of the U.S. that isn't an urban or suburban area, you're out of luck.

I bought an Android tablet about a year ago and found during a train ride from Montana to Oregon that for large parts of the ride it was mainly good for playing games, far too much of the rest of it depended on having an internet connection. Hence my agreement with The Register dubbing most tablets "fondleslabs".

Posted by: Camille at November 30, 2012 05:05 PM (E29pD)

265 Speaking of which.... I think there is a tell on this thread that- Ace might be cheating on his-- NBC boycott.
Posted by: tasker at November 30, 2012 05:02 PM (r2PLg)


----------------------------------------------


Ah, man. I think I'd rather have him watching pr0n.

Posted by: Soona at November 30, 2012 05:06 PM (2mZZv)

266
I could not remember who it was, I thought maybe Scott Adams, and thus was foolishly attempting to sneak past the Horde that I was stealing a joke. Should have known distributed Horde knowledge would catch it immediately.

Scot Adams did have a strip remarking that when virtual reality was cheaper than dating the human race was doomed.

Posted by: Grey Fox at November 30, 2012 05:07 PM (iK4hL)

267 >>>no chick is built to put up with your porn habit.

If your man is gravitating toward teledildonics, you're doing it wrong. Just saying.

Posted by: Fritz at November 30, 2012 05:07 PM (d8K+M)

268 166 Looking forwards, I hoping we can get a bbs running over a ham radio net using solar power.

--------

There is an RFC for running IP over carrier pigeons.

Just sayin'.

Posted by: Citizen Anachronda at November 30, 2012 05:07 PM (xGZ+b)

269 A serious porn question for you experts. I have actually looked at some
modern porn and it struck me that the poor wretches in it were ... eh
... fairly ugly by my standards. Both genders all tatted up etc.


They have faces?

Posted by: Hollowpoint at November 30, 2012 05:07 PM (SY2Kh)

270 There is an RFC for running IP over carrier pigeons. Just sayin'.
Posted by: Citizen Anachronda at November 30, 2012 05:07 PM (xGZ+b)


----------------------------------------------------


I think AoSHQ already has that technology.

Posted by: Soona at November 30, 2012 05:09 PM (2mZZv)

271
Posted by: Hollowpoint at November 30, 2012 05:07 PM (SY2Kh)
Can't speak to that, but whoever said "HD was bad for them" was right, you can now see the scars from their repeated...ehancements.

Posted by: tsrblke at November 30, 2012 05:11 PM (GaqMa)

272 159 iTunes. The worst thing ever.You can't do ANYTHING with an apple device without iTunes.

-----------

Wouldn't be so bad if they didn't keep breaking it.

Had an iPhone 3GS for years with no trouble. Bought an iPhone 5. iTunes on my trusty Leopard Mac won't talk to it. So I have to upgrade to Snow Leopard (but, no, can't buy it online; you have to call Apple and plead your case) so I can run iTunes 10.7.

But iTunes 10.7 doesn't reliably sync. Every time I sync, my phone says <number> items could not be synched. See iTunes for more information, but iTunes doesn't say anything; it thinks it worked. So I have to synch each device several times to get all the info on it.

Which might not be too bad, except that sometimes it decides that it needs to fail to transfer things that are already on the stupid iDevice. So after synching, I now can't access things that I could access just a minute ago, before synching. Because iTunes decided that thing needed to be transferred, then failed to do so.

Updated to iTunes 11 yesterday, hoping this issue had been fixed, but no. It hasn't.

Posted by: Citizen Anachronda at November 30, 2012 05:12 PM (NmR1a)

273
254....As for paying your bill and being a suscriber? Erg...erg...? You want free crap? This is not the place for you.

No no...not at all, tsrblke.

I've been paying for cell service since the days of the old Unidens which weighed 10 lbs. and had handles.
Heh.

I was just interjecting a bit of specifics, with regard to the claims of service being 'everywhere'...as though it is some sort of free service available to everyone, everywhere, where ever you might want to go.

Posted by: wheatie at November 30, 2012 05:12 PM (CM59X)

274 *sock off*

Posted by: Serious Cat at November 30, 2012 05:13 PM (UypUQ)

275 Posted by: beach a kindle at November 30, 2012 04:44 PM (LpQbZ)

Oops, didn't remember seeing your nic there before. My bad.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, still a Hobbit at November 30, 2012 05:15 PM (NYki8)

276 OT:
In a book written by a lifelong friend of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, the diplomat who may soon be a Secretary of State nominee explained that she routinely confers with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before making decisions.
She also explained that”people know not to mess with me. And if they haven’t learned, and they try, then they will learn.”
The interview provides new insight into the communications and briefing procedures likely employed by the White House after the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.Well do tell Sue - what happens when people mess with you? Get beaten, burned to death and sodomized?? Please, I'm all ears.

Posted by: Cheri at November 30, 2012 05:19 PM (G+Wff)

277 Posted by: tsrblke at November 30, 2012 05:01 PM (GaqMa)

I don't live that far from you and ATT hasn't made it out here yet, just as a data point. We're small town, not rural and about an hour from St. Louis but it doesn't sound like ATT's in any hurry to get here.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, still a Hobbit at November 30, 2012 05:21 PM (NYki8)

278 Humans need more tactile feedback than afforded by a hard unyielding surface. There's a reason why the IBM Model "M" keyboard remains to this day, the "gold standard" for usability and minimization of typing errors.

Projecting images has all the optical problems projection TV's did. Loss of resolution/crispness, and intensity degradation.


Posted by: @PurpAv at November 30, 2012 05:28 PM (eZgIK)

279 Oh Gawd, every red blooded (and blue veined, IYCMD) male knows the difference between the silicon wonder at 1080 res on the computer screen and an actual woman.
Posted by: Schrödinger's cat at November 30, 2012 04:54 PM (feFL6)

What they *don't* seem to be able to tell the difference from is she's. getting. paid. to let them do that to her.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, still a Hobbit at November 30, 2012 05:37 PM (NYki8)

280
Posted by: wheatie at November 30, 2012 05:12 PM (CM59X)
Yeah I may have overstated. But the fact is, it's not as bleak as "must be near wifi hotspot"
Polliwogette. WTF? Really? They show something like 90% coverage in MO. I can get coverage all the way down to Licking freaken Missouri but you can't get it out your direction?

Posted by: tsrblke at November 30, 2012 05:39 PM (GaqMa)

281 Posted by: HoboJerky, now with 45% more DOOM! at November 30, 2012 05:02 PM (xAtAj)

Thanks for that tip. I've been looking to lower my phone bill and my old contract expired but I wasn't sure who to go with. I'll look into that.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, still a Hobbit at November 30, 2012 05:41 PM (NYki8)

282 Posted by: tsrblke at November 30, 2012 05:39 PM (GaqMa)
Well, I haven't checked in the last six months or so, so I guess it could have changed. I started asking two years ago and then check periodically when they have their commercials claiming to be (nearly) everywhere.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, still a Hobbit at November 30, 2012 05:50 PM (NYki8)

283 it's funny, but people repeat the line with *reverence.* No one would take a Tosh 2.0 gag from last week and repeat it with *reverence.* Even if it was a funny gag.
Posted by: ace at November 30, 2012 04:52 PM (LCRYB)


It is difficult to work "Tongue punch your mom's fart box" into a conversation with polite company.

Posted by: buzzion at November 30, 2012 05:59 PM (GULKT)

284 Googgles, watches, etc ... short of implants for direct linkage ... this looks useful ...

A Day Made of Glass
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cf7IL_eZ38

A Day Made of Glass 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZkHpNnXLB0

Posted by: Grumpy the Younger at November 30, 2012 06:04 PM (jts1f)

285 Wouldn't be so bad if they didn't keep breaking it. Had an iPhone 3GS for years with no trouble. Bought an iPhone 5. iTunes on my trusty Leopard Mac won't talk to it. So I have to upgrade to Snow Leopard (but, no, can't buy it online; you have to call Apple and plead your case) so I can run iTunes 10.7. But iTunes 10.7 doesn't reliably sync. Every time I sync, my phone says <number> items could not be synched. See iTunes for more information, but iTunes doesn't say anything; it thinks it worked. So I have to synch each device several times to get all the info on it. Which might not be too bad, except that sometimes it decides that it needs to fail to transfer things that are already on the stupid iDevice. So after synching, I now can't access things that I could access just a minute ago, before synching. Because iTunes decided that thing needed to be transferred, then failed to do so. Updated to iTunes 11 yesterday, hoping this issue had been fixed, but no. It hasn't.
Posted by: Citizen Anachronda at November 30, 2012 05:12 PM (NmR1a)


I have not had those problems. Of course I also don't have a lot on itunes. Didn't install it until after getting my iPhone 5 so have only downloaded a few things via it instead of the iphone. I think they could get by with a much more stripped down version of it though.

Posted by: buzzion at November 30, 2012 06:04 PM (GULKT)

286 You could do a lot of things but why would you want to. Punching a desk is not going to be the same as a keyboard.

Posted by: jellytoast at November 30, 2012 06:31 PM (DpSG3)

287 Kind of like the "computers" in Looper?

Posted by: David C. or W. at November 30, 2012 06:54 PM (ZtMso)

288
This is the future... http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=6Cf7IL_eZ38&vq=medium

It's long, but a look at where Corning wants to put their Gorilla Glass product.

Posted by: I R A Darth Aggie ® at November 30, 2012 07:22 PM (1hM1d)

289 "When this war is over, the Japanese language will be spoken only in hell" -- Admiral Bill Halsey on December 7, 2001

my FIL spent the war in the Pacific, on the "Showboat" BB-55... part of him is still there.

Posted by: redc1c4 at November 30, 2012 09:09 PM (8MasJ)

290 stupid fucking FF upgrades... stop fixing shit that ain't broken you shitbirds!

Posted by: redc1c4 at November 30, 2012 09:10 PM (8MasJ)






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