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13 Mar 2013, 5:10 pm

COBOL and FORTRAN live on because of the large installed base of software dating back to the 1960s in use in financial services and scientific research respectively.

Switch and case from C finds its way into newer languages but it is of an ancient design with break statements from when assembly language was the norm. The C preprocessor is also dubious from today's perspective.



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13 Mar 2013, 5:15 pm

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13 Mar 2013, 5:38 pm

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So your answer is to deny TV to people who live in remote areas? Make everyone move to a big city with cheap Internet?

There are many places without much in the way of Internet at all or with limitations on bandwidth.

Around here, most people have two choices for Internet -- satellite Internet that with severe limitations on your bandwidth and poor service or fixed wireless Internet with much better performance and fewer limitations. However, with the high cost of the multiple T-1 lines (ours has three T-1 lines) to service the customers it would be impossible for many to watch TV at the same time. Even with just three T-1 lines, the company just barely breaks even in spite of paying considerably less than competitive wages.


Well, that is your reality - not mine, where i live we have a well developed infrastructure, You cannot get less than 100 MBit in an apartment and mobile 80 MBit (4G) network is available all over the country. So in MY world - its like the other guy said, TV is for old people.

But the emphasis is this: The older generation like to be shown stuff and not to make choices of what to see. I like to decide for myself what to watch. This is why i buy series on DVD so i can watch whatever i like, when i like it and not to be a slave to the box.


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13 Mar 2013, 5:59 pm

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Magnetic storage.
Battery technology.

Capacitors don't hold enough charge and are not adapted to replace all instance of battery use (They can be dangerous.), and flash drive is not cheap enough to replace hard drives.


Who says better technology has to be flash or capacitors?
There are better non-acid batteries being worked on but unreleased... 20 years ago they were even working on crystal as a storage medium!



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13 Mar 2013, 8:14 pm

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Magnetic storage.

Battery technology.


What do you propose to replace battery storage? Capacitors won't do at all.

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13 Mar 2013, 9:11 pm

ruveyn wrote:
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Magnetic storage.

Battery technology.


What do you propose to replace battery storage? Capacitors won't do at all.

ruveyn


Okay, change the words to current mostly-acid-based battery technology. It's still pretty darned low-tech and would love to see something come along to replace it.

For example, some cool guys were working with sodium-based batteries and others using liquid metal for large-scale energy storage.



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13 Mar 2013, 11:02 pm

Nuts & bolts, a.k.a "threaded fasteners,"

Stream turbines (still used in coal, oil, and nuclear power plants),

Firearms (you'd think that after 1000 years we would have ray-guns),

Fire,

The wheel,

Hats ?

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14 Mar 2013, 12:57 am

chemical rockets. We desperately need a new technology so we can get into space cheaper.



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14 Mar 2013, 9:41 am

eric76 wrote:
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Cigarette lighters in car dashboards. How many people actually use them to light cigarettes with nowadays?


They have other uses.

I use mine along with a special adapter cable to charge my cell phone while driving.


I was about to say, ther are also power adapters for computers that uses the cigarette lighter port.


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14 Mar 2013, 12:54 pm

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chemical rockets. We desperately need a new technology so we can get into space cheaper.


We are using the same space vehicle technology as was invented during the Tang dynasty in China.

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14 Mar 2013, 12:55 pm

Xorg... :roll:



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14 Mar 2013, 1:37 pm

CRT monitors. I have several friends who still use them.

Unix-based OS. They're getting better, but still needlessly complicated with limited functionality due to preferential software development for Mac & Windows. The only reason they're in use is because they're free, and a couple of nerds like to feel superior to average users because they can rock the sudo. Thinking rationally, should really have died out from the getgo.

DOSbox. Games were not better in the 80's. I know, I get nostalgic, too... but let's get real running to the right side of the screen and jumping over pits has nothing on S.T.A.L.K.E.R.



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14 Mar 2013, 4:50 pm

Flash and its related technologies, heaters, air conditioners, humidifiers, etc, with imprecise controls; the Wii-U, electoral collage, and low quality MP3.


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14 Mar 2013, 5:41 pm

Low definition DVD's refuse to die.



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14 Mar 2013, 10:53 pm

You guys want to throw everything away without replacing it!! Hah.

Unless you know of another way to store electricity in a long lasting compact form, metals and electrolytes will have to do! Sheesh/ :)


-The Imperial measurement system

-Fax machines

-Paper Coupons (Groupon does this right)

-Shopping carts (ask if you need clarification lol)

-Decorative wood paneling

-Flathead screws

-clamshell packaging