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Karl Smithe
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cyber-geek, economic radical
cyber-geek, economic radical

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Everyone wear mirror shades all of the time.

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So how much CO2 is the result of Planned Obsolescence? When do the Economists and Climatologists talk about that? Duh, what is NET Domestic Product?


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Karl Smithe commented on a post on Blogger.
(I still have unfond memories of my high school English teacher telling my parents to throw out "all that crappy science fiction" because "She's too smart to read that").

That is so funny!  Admittedly there is lots of crappy science fiction but it is amazing how smart the "Literary People" think they are.  How many can explain how 100 year old internal combustion engines work?  But now we have dirt cheap von Neumann machines everywhere messing with the book publishing business.  LOL

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What is with Project Gutenberg?

Light Science for Leisure Hours by Richard A. Proctor
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/54455

That book was published in 1886! It contains essays from 1868, Why would anyone but a science historian want to read this in 2017? Like they can't find public domain material more useful to reproduce.

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An incomplete history of music titled:

A COMPLETE HISTORY of MUSIC
by Winton James Baltzell

With a 1908 copyright how complete can it be?
But now it's completely free.

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/54392/54392-h/54392-h.htm

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Here is a nice bit of history:

The American Railway, by Thomas Curtis Clarke
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/54383/54383-h/54383-h.htm

Ultimately more important than Civil War battles.

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Vibrator maker ordered to pay out C$4m for tracking users' sexual activity
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/mar/14/we-vibe-vibrator-tracking-users-sexual-habits
Vaginas in the Cloud! This is getting too weird!
Wait, does this mean you can get a computer virus in your vibrator? A Denial of Service Attack? Too strange, much too strange? STDs via the Internet!

OMG! Project Gutenberg is getting up to date. Only 37 years old. LOL
The Silicon Jungle, by David H. Rothman
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/54360

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The Internet of Things is Going to Destroy Us All
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=304Lcn0nU3c
Maria was here! LOL

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Karl Smithe commented on a post on Blogger.
Has the purpose of planned obsolescence been to create jobs for the last 60 years? Our nitwit economists have been ignoring Demand Side Depreciation and not suggesting that accounting be mandatory in our schools for the last 50 years. 
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