And the Treknobabble. Dear god the Treknobabble.
Aw man, you don’t like Treknobabble. ROFL
I just ignore it and focus on the story. I think it got out of hand on Voyager though or maybe I was just even getting fed up with even ignoring it. I quit watching the show when the aliens were taking over the ship and turning the holodeck into WWII so they could play NAZIs. That was just too much.
Psik, over on another board I’m on, we have an entire thread dedicated to sci-fi technology that’s become reality. Everything from portable lasers and bionic replacements to bone lacing and quantum teleportation. It’s fascinating how far we’ve come in the last 100 years or so.
I am still fiddling with this Sylvania I bought yesterday. I read mixed reviews about it and some people really slam it. But I built my first computer in 1978. It cost me $400 and I still had to solder it together. Not that I minded at the time. But this Sylvania blows that away so bad it it like comparing the Enterprise to the Wright brother’s plane but so much smaller. $400 got me EIGHT KILOBYTES. This thing has 128 MEGABYTES. And the whole computer with a screen is smaller than 2 circuit boards from that Heathkit H-8. And I still had to buy a dumb terminal for the H-8 that cost me $600. So I suppose I have a hard time understanding some of the complaints about this Sylvania. The USB ports are all 1.1 not 2.0. Some reviews said one was a 2.0. I copied 500 megabytes of flash videos to a thumb drive in about a minute from my desktop but it took 6 1/2 minutes to copy them into the Sylvania. But it plays most of the flash videos OK. Apparently not all flash videos use the same codecs. DIVX is too jerky, almost unwatchable. The reviews talk about YouTube but say nothing about just loading videos for playback.
I wonder if we could be ready for a second micro-computer revolution. This thing could hold 1000 books. How many grade school kids read that many in eight years? I could load 15 45 minute flash videos. An 8 gig SD card could hold 80 Star Trek episode. That is enough for all of TOS. So the math videos from Khan Academy could be put on an SD.
Is that why Kirk was screaming KHAN!!! ?
If you could go back in time and select the books for you to read when you were a kid what would pick from what was available at the time. I just learned about The Tyranny of Words by Stuart Chase. It is partly derived from Science and Sanity by Alfred Korzybski which I tried to read when I was 20. Chase’s book is from 1938. I would give that book to myself when I was in high school. So how come I’ve never heard of it?
So how much good public domain stuff is there today that could fit on $100 computers. When I built my Heathkit I wasn’t thinking about reading books with it. So the new revolution could be an educational one. The teacher’s unions better watch out.