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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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Re: At last the 1936 Show, Folks!

Sadly, radio is still stuck in the '80s. Ugh.

"...The only major media certain to die is the printed newspaper. Its problem is the time lag in delivery..."

...and the fact that most major city dailies -- at least in the US -- are basically like Pravda circa mid 1950s -- a big fat load of shit-shoveling by the government, corporations and the Parties. If every goddamn' US big-city daily ceased publication tomorrow, I wouldn't miss them.

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Re: What's the point if the content providers don't care?

"20 years ago the interactive TV we were developing had mark-up which could be embedded by the content provider or the series producers to increase revenue.

Our demo had a button you could press to reveal web links to items in the TV show you were watchin. The clothes that the characters were wearing in the episodes, the cars they were driving, watches etc. Links to fan websites.

It was the ultimate goal for product placement advertising..."

With all respect, that sounds like many folks' idea of Hell.

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Re: I was there too

Beat you to it, man. Born 1957, here. Watched John Glenn's Mercury flight on a clunky 19-inch B&W portable which was only portable in the sense that it had a handle on the top. A common book in many US households was the infamous troubleshooting and tube-testing guide. You could actually open up the set, pull the suspect tubes, and take them to tube-testing kiosks which were ubiquitous in many drugstores and supermarkets.

I can also remember when TV via satellite was a big-ass deal; watched '64 Olympics with the caption "LIVE VIA SATELLITE" burned across the bottom of the screen.

Color was still a big deal then, too. Even though there were a fair number of color sets in use when I was a young boy in the mid '60s, they were sick-ass expensive, and not all programs were broadcast in color; those that were, were preceeded with a little bumper announcing, for example, "the following telecast is brought to you in Living Color, on NBC".

Not much channel-hopping back then, either; changing the channel involved a major commitment to getting up, walking across the room and ker-chunking that big-ass knob.

Still, it seemed as if there was so much more cool stuff on when I was a young boy, and a teenager. At first I chalked it up to just getting old, until I started hearing more and more people far younger than I remarking that TV today sucks.

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Stuck in the '70s...?

Y'mean, like, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, M*A*S*H*, and the first five seasons of Saturday Night Live?

Sounds like a winner to me...

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Jeezus, they're getting desperate, huh?

I should be outraged by this naked threat, but I'm too busy laughing. Is this the best they can come up with now -- "but, there's a Royal Baby on the way, and besides, your phone bills will go up"?

Why don't they just fuckin' give up?

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eBay DROPS DEAD AGAIN - tat bazaar says sorry, scrambles to resurrect site

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Re: eBay DROPS DEAD AGAIN...

"...they bought their servers on eBay."

D'ohh, man, wotta burn.

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eBay DROPS DEAD AGAIN...

...and the problem is...?

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DUCKCROCZILLA 'alien' dinosaur could emerge from THE SEA

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Alien

So, I guess you could say that...

...absurdly huge-ass dinosaurs are a "thing" now?

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Italy's High Court orders HP to refund punter for putting Windows on PC

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Re: If

Lamest. Analogy. EVER.

Maybe we need a corollary to Godwin covering the use of cars an analogy.

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Net neutrality protestors slam the brakes on their OWN websites

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My favorite Web sites...?

Got an emailing from ThinkProgress last night mentioning how many of "my favorite Web site" were joining the big corporate PR stunt... uhh, sorry, the Internet Slowdown: Upworthy, Netflix, YouTube, reddit, the usual suspects.

Oh, yeah, these are so very much my favorite friggin' Web sites, especially clickbait pioneer Upworthy (their motto: "What Happened Next Will Blow Your Mind")

Hell, the internet at my house is already plenty slow, especially in the evenings, when the wife hogs the wifi binge-watching "Treme".

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FTC: We didn't robocall you and thousands of others asking for bank details. IT'S A TRAP!

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Re: Stopping these scammers...

Physical violence against actual persons involved in this crap is a bit much.

Still, I do think a sustained and organized campaign of physical asset destruction might drive the message home just as well.

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"...Stop now. The real Federal Trade Commission will come after you."

Oh, for Christ's sake, knock it off, Just... fuckin' stop it. You pantywaists aren't going after anybody, and you know it, so just... fuckin' stop it.

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Google recommends pronounceable passwords

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How about "FUCKOFFGOOGLE"?

...just throwin' it out there.

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The Schmidt hits the clan: Google chief mauls publishers' 'abuse of dominance' claims

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Re: Search Results that Contain new Search Engines are crap

I've been seeing that a lot more lately, too... almost a throwback to the early/mid '90s, when we had a running joke about searching for search engines to search for search engines.

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What's that, Mr. Schmidt? ...your WHAT hurts?

I'm a Zen non-fuck-giver.

Listen closely to the silence around me... the sound of one fuck not being given.

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Straight to video: Facebook to add 'view counts' to autoplay newsfeed vids

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http://www.fbpurity.com/

That is all.

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SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

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Perhaps a better question to ask would be...

Should we bother to right any of these capsized institutions?

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Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

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Re: One password to rule them all

"A trick I used a while back was to never know my passwords. Everytime I needed access I simply did a reset forgotten password..."

Damn. I've had to do a few forgotten password resets, but I'd never thought of that.

Fiendishly clever.

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EOS, Lockheed to track space junk from Oz

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Space Junk From Oz?

D'ahh ha ha heh hehh...

Never mind, it's just too easy.

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

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Re: CNN?

"CNN lost all credibility after the first Gulf War. They make Fox News look good..."

Hah, right. CNN wishes they could be as bad as Fox.

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Re: Passpattern

All my passwords for my important stuff are generated by the random character generator in cPanel.

Here's where the "passpattern" bit comes in. In the beginning, I had to type the newly-generated passwords by reading them off a page in my notebook, but after a while, I discovered that I was memorizing them through repetition -- not by learning the actual character sequence, but through "muscle memory", that is, by remembering keystroke finger positions, if that makes any sense.

Kinda the same way I'm typing now, as I learned to "touch type" in high school in preparation for all those research papers I'd have to write in college.

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Re: DOH!!!!

"I set my password as 'incorrect', that way, if I get it wrong, a pop-up gives me the correct answer."

Crafty bastard.

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Perhaps type "password" with a Brooklyn accent?

You know, like "passwoid"?

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D'aahhh ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha hahhh

"No, unfortunately. They know vastly more about tech subjects than they do about politics.

M'eh, that ain't sayin' much.

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NASA to reformat Opportunity rover's memory from 125 million miles away

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Even though they're highly skilled at that...

...and have done it with the MER rovers several times with no problems, the idea of optimizing and reformatting a system from 125 million miles out scares the hell out of me, when I think of the times a simple OS update on my desktop has blown up in my face.

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Facebook to let stalkers unearth buried posts with mobe search

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Re: Koch brothers optional

It's got nothing to do with what's "progressive" or not.

Facebook's technology really is creepy, and it really does help facilitiate stalking and the grooming of children for exploitation.

Full disclosure: In most quarters my politics are considered "progressive", even borderline anarchist.

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Re: "old posts on the free content ad network"

"...I hope it will soon be a "user-free content-whoring network"

once people start to realize they can do without all that crap..."

Seriously... I can't think of anything I can do with Facebook that I couldn't do with a simple Web site, or a blog, or a listserv.

Dark Social: wave of the future?

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Software bug caught Galileo sats in landslide, no escape from reality

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any way the wind blows...!

Jeez, you guys -- how far can you stretch a pop culture reference before it snaps?

I'd say the initial discovery of the bug caused more than a few sheer heart attacks.

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Ice cream headache as black hat hacks sack Dairy Queen

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Re: Is it just me…

Yeah, it may be "quaint", but at least if I lose twenty bucks out of my wallet, all I've lost is twenty bucks.

...and there's no goddamn' way in hell you can tell me that cash is anywhere near as messy as what I'd have to deal with if some Russian mafiosi got hold of my credit card info or my banking site logins and sucked my accounts dry.

Shill much?

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6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)

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Paris Hilton

"I read this article and guess what happened next..."

What Happened Next Will Blow Your Mind.

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Re: Huh?!

"...Unlike Twitbook, where they post tiny details about their own sad and boring lives to anyone dumb enough to be bothered to read it..."

Whether or not Twitter is as you describe it depends entirely on the user.

I've been on Twitter for a little over three years. I use it primarily for checking the news, connecting with fellow activists, and posting my latest cartoons/blog links, and I only "follow" accounts involved in activism or "hard news" sites. No accounts I follow -- or which follow mine -- are the kind of my-cat-barfed-on-the-sofa bullshit that Twitter got its reputation for in the early days.

Basically, you put into it what you get out of it. If you're one of those clowns who insists on broadcasting banal personal minutiae, then, yeah, you're going to get more cats barfing on sofas than you can handle.

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Re: MORE FROM THE REGISTER

Waitaminnit... y'mean, there's ads on The Register?

Damn you, AdBlock Plus and NoScript.

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Well, that's a start...

...now if they could just do something about those boring-assed text-in-graphic "quote memes" and fotos of people holding up little signs written on notebook paper.

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Euro space boffins narrow down lander sites on comet doing 135,000km/h toward Sun

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landing on these weird-assed objects

As I recall from following the NEAR/Shoemaker mission some years back, bodies such as these -- comets and asteroids -- have such weak gravity that it's said that you don't so much land on it as dock with it.

Though not as "glamourous" as places like Venus, Mars, or Titan, I've always been fascinated with these bodies, and am really looking forward to seeing views from "on the ground" on 67P.

Best of luck to ESA and the Rosetta team!

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SpaceX prototype rocket EXPLODES over Texas. 'Tricky' biz, says Elon Musk

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Re: Gee thanks, Space.com

Holy. Fuckin'. SHIT.

Still, that's not half as long as some of the lists I get when I hit the "Options" menu in NoScript on a lot of other sites I visit. On a couple of sites I've visited -- I forget which, now -- the pop-up list menu in NoScript goes top-to-bottom on a 17-inch monitor and keeps scrolling.

Your list includes a handful that I allow temporarily, in case I want to share an article on my Twitter feed, and whose permissions are revoked when I'm done.

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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re: "Citizen Journalism"

I have university-level training in graphic design and illustration; my degree program also required a couple of semesters' study of film and photography. My degree is in design and illustration, though, not journalism.

For the past fifteen years or so, I've been involved in editorial cartoon and video work for Washington, DC and other Indymedia and activist media outlets -- which, I guess, would make me a "citizen journalist".

Most of the important images and video coming out of Ferguson, Missouri have been supplied not by CNNMSNBCFox, but by concerned citizens "on the ground" in Ferguson, shooting stills and video and transmitting live streams. They took on the job of telling the story of what's going on there when "professional" journalists either couldn't or wouldn't and, in many cases, actively worked to spread disinformation.

I could list other examples of important news being broken by "citizen journalists", often in direct opposition to the de facto news blackouts imposed by the likes of CNNMSNBCFox, but I don't want to hog the thread.

Get bent.

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What does a flashmob of 1,024 robots look like? Just like this

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Any other long-time Mac users here reminded of...

The "Life" cellular-automata simulation screensaver that used to run on the old 680x0 Macs?

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Tricked by satire? Get all your news from Facebook? You're in luck, dummy

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Anyone else here reminded of...

The Architect Sketch?

...at about the 03:40 mark.

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Google on Gmail child abuse trawl: We're NOT looking for other crimes

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"Google has said..."

"Google has said its scanning for child abuse images on Gmail and other services does not extend to searching for evidence of other crimes...

So, they're totally doing it, then.

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END your Macbook SHAME: Convert it into a Microsoft SURFACE

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You'll never convince me to switch to Windows, but...

...a really awesome post; you point out the relative advantages of software and OSes when built to purpose without coming off like a fanboy or a shill or a paid troll. That said...

"...Also you may like it or not, but most of the photo/design/etc. business workflow is built upon Macs. Using a Mac ensure a smooth workflow avoiding all those little differences that can get in the way when you're not an IT guy but an 'artistic' one...

The first computer I ever owned was a Mac, in early '85, and that's all I've ever used. I'm one of those weird guys -- a professional designer, trained in the arts, but still a space and sci-fi geek with an interest in computers that goes back to my '60s boyhood. So, when I started using a computer to do my work, I went with the Mac, no contest, and dived into it way deeper than most of the designers in the shop, to the point where I ended up being the unofficial "IT guy" in the design department.

"...I know some that even keep a second computer at hand for "secondary" stuff like email, browsing, etc, because their expensive workstation with custom calibrated monitors run only the software they used for production...

Yeah, that's me. I'm totally doing that here. My main work machine is a loaded MacBook Pro with an external keyboard and mouse (to keep from wearing out the MBP keyboard) and a 17" Acer hanging off of it so I have enough real estate for stuff like my CS apps, and a Web browser (I have all my Web and email on it, too, as it's also my "road" machine).

The old G4 iBook which used to be my "road" machine is now the "entertainment server", set up with a Web browser, QuickTime, VLC Player and iTunes, with a big FireWire drive with all my music and movies on it, and the audio out patched into my stereo amp.

Hell, I still have my old G4 tower in the studio -- cleaned, scraped, re-optimized, decommissioned -- while I make up my mind whether or not to experiment with Linux Mint on it.

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Y'know, I would ALMOST consider this...

...if I had the cash to throw around -- ALMOST. (Was finally able to move up to a MacBook Pro from my old PPC minitower last year. Thing's doing awesome).

Back when all the rumors were flying around about a new Apple tablet, the one rumor that charged me up the most was the one about a pen/gesture-based tablet running OSX. at last, I'll be able to draw and sketch directly into Photoshop or Illustrator! I was thinking.

Needless to say, massive disappointment and distaste when I saw them come out with this half-assed IOS device. It really bugged the hell out of me to think that almost since the first MacOS notebooks came out, a pantsload of companies have come out with third-party laptop-to-tablet mods -- so it's not as if there was no demand -- but Apple chose not to jump on that, and make a giant mutated iPhone instead. Bah.

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Ad biz now has one less excuse to sponsor freetards and filth

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Re: I DON'T like filth

Actually, the Web was much more interesting before Web 2.0 buried us in an avalanche of bland, cookie-cutter site designs and even more bland, empty, buzzword-choked articles.

I mean, c'mon... could Web 2.0 have ever possibly given us the 24-Hour Church Of Elvis?

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"...turn it off or signup for a premium account..."

Yeah, I see that a lot. P'wah ha hah.

I'm too busy laughing at that admonishment to be as annoyed as I should be. It reminds me of the old days of the Web ad business, and being repeatedly, blatantly begged by sites to "please click on an ad...". (smirk, giggle)

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"Last year, US Congressmen finally stirred into action..."

Oh, that's just fucking great.

Now, for even more fail.

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NASA: ALIENS and NEW EARTHS will be ours inside 20 years

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Re: Fletcher Memorial Home

"ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Reagan and Haig

Mr. Begin and friend, Mrs. Thatcher and Paisley

Mr. Brezhnev and party,

the ghost of McCarthy,

the memories of Nixon

and now, adding colour, a group of anonymous

Latin American meat packing glitterati"

Not my all-time favorite Floyd album, but this was one of the good bits.

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Silent, spacious and... well, insipid: Citroën's electric C-Zero car

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Re: Thoughts

"1) Legislation is coming in to stipulate that electric cars must make a car-like noise, which is a huge shame as a lot of the appeal is their quietness. No. People should learn to look where they are going...."

Well said! Even inasmuch as I was once nearly run over by a Prius driving under electric power because I couldn't hear it -- still, I think that's the coolest thing about electrics. I keep trying to imagine how strange and peaceful my city would sound at night if most of the vehicles were electrics.

"2) Why do they have to make them so ugly? Without an engine, small motors could be placed at each wheel, so then the entire front could be glass*. They could actually look cooler than 'normal' cars if they tried."

That's always been my problem, and probably one reason why electrics have never done well -- ever since the first ones were in large production in the '70s, they've always been butt-ugly. The Tesla's had its issues lately, but at least it's the first electric car with real "chick magnet" potential. Everything else looks bland and institutional, like a "people mover" concept at an early '70s transportation expo.

I mean, how tough would it be to design a way more stylin', sporty two-seater urban runabout version of the Prius or this new Citroen beast?

As far as configuring individual wheels' motors to make room for more styling options, I don't know if glass would be the thing for that big front windshield -- but you could probably use some heavy polycarbonate (the stuff they use for space helmets) to create a windshield that's part of a big front door that swings completely away, like the old Isetta.

Actually, you probably couldn't do the entire thing as a windshield as you'd need at least the bottom third of that door to hold the latch/lock mechanism, and the handle.

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SpaceX 'Dragon V2' ROCKET PODULE can hover-land on Earth - or MARS

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"space-loveliness"

"Why isn't there a Nobel Prize for Space-loveliness?"

Yeah, seriously... and they should give one to the guys who designed the Gemini C/SM. Apollo was a real pimp-ass ride for sure, but it didn't have the special kind of "cool" that the Gemini had. Even the cockpit looked cool, a real "pilot's spacecraft", as its crews called it. It may not have been the best thing to spend two weeks in but, man, what a sweet cockpit. We have the Gemini IV CM at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum here in DC, and I always like to stop and check it out every time I'm there.

Also, needless to say, a Nobel for Space Loveliness has to go to the Space Shuttle designers -- and perhaps the X15, too, if you're one of those picky types who consider it a "spacecraft".

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Re: "My heart would be a fireball...!"

Same here, man. That theme was stuck in my head for days afterwards.

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Re: It's empty!

"...If the computer fails you're kinda up the creek anyway; it's not like you're going to take manual control and pilot it down yourself..."

Uhhmmm... y'mean, the way Neil Armstrong seized control and steered the LM clear of a boulder field that the computer was steering them into on the way down to Tranquillity?

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Re: It's empty!

That's as maybe, but the Space Shuttle cockpit -- which you show in its last iteration before the fleet was decommissioned -- looks waaaayyy cooler. Reminds me a lot of this.

Just for comparison, here's STS-1 crewmen Young and Crippen in the Columbia cockpit, circa 1981. There's two small computer displays, and the rest is all "traditional" gauges, readouts, and classic "8-ball" displays, bearing a closer resemblance to the old Apollo CM panels than the later "glass cockpit" the Shuttles were flying in the last years before they were retired.

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