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Re: Reasons to preseve X on tty7



On Thu, 2008-10-30 at 10:52 -0600, Stephen John Smoogen wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 10:27 AM, David G. Mackay
> <mackay_d bellsouth net> wrote:
> >
> > On Wed, 2008-10-29 at 12:29 -0600, Stephen John Smoogen wrote:
> >> On Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 9:24 AM, David G. Mackay <mackay_d bellsouth net> wrote:
> 
> >> Does this mean the change can't happen? No it just means that you need
> >> to be aware that you need to build a cultural consensus.
> >
> > Change is not only happening, it's accelerating.  Vernor Vinge coined
> > the term technological singularity to describe what we might be
> > experiencing soon.  It doesn't seem to be something that we're going to
> > be able to control all that much.
> >
> 
> Well we are going to have to.. because what usually happens in
> societies where change goes on too fast,  people fall out of caring
> about the current society and find 'easy' solutions to control it:
> Fascism, Communism, or just modern Anti-Intellectualism. When people

Yes, there are days when I think that taking up sheep ranching in the
Australian outback would be a great solution.  Most days, though, it's
utterly fascinating to see some of the new things that are happening
around us.  The choice that we face is to try to influence what we can,
or become irrelevant.  Control is far beyond us.  Look at stem cell
research, for example.  We tried to clamp on rigid controls in the U.
S., which had the effect of moving the cutting edge research to other
countries.  Not, that a lot of those countries wouldn't have become
involved in the research, but they wouldn't have gotten as much backing
if we hadn't banned a lot of things here in the U. S.

> start calling for Desktop Dictators to make the boot-times faster its
> a sign that even the people addicted to the adrenaline of our ADHD
> lifestyle want someone else to think for them. If I don't have to
> think because others do it for me.. I am ok because the pack will take
> care of me.

Or, you can stay in there and present your viewpoints.  After all,
changes CAN be reversed.  A lot of the younger folks here probably don't
remember the "New Coke" fiasco.  In 1985, or so, Coca-Cola announced
that they were introducing a new taste for their flagship product.  The
outcry from consumers forced them to re-introduce the old product.

Dave



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