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«Speaking from 1914's perspective … we can reasonably expect that, by 2014, our 200 mile per hour passenger trains will constitute the bedrock of human transport … Well, our locomotive boiler-maker was absolutely right: 200 mph steam-powered trains are the backbone of transportation. The steam is heated in Électricité de France's nuclear reactors.» - http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2014/06/yapcna-20...
«We're going to be dealing with a world full of ubiquitous dirt-cheap low-powered microprocessors with on-die sensors and wireless networking, which remain in production for decades because there is no prospect of a faster, cheaper better product coming along any time soon.» ‎- 9000
«Half the shouting and social upheaval on the internet today comes from entrenched groups who are outraged to learn that their opinions and views are not universally agreed upon; the other half comes from those whose silence was previously mistaken for assent.» ‎- 9000
«In fact, the main force opposing the universal adoption of self-driving automobiles will probably be the Police unions: and it's only a matter of time before the insurance companies arm-wrestle the traffic cops into submission.» ‎- 9000
«We can reasonably assume that any object more durable than a bar of soap and with a retail value of over $5 probably has as much computing power as your laptop today — and if you can't think of a use for it, the advertising industry will be happy to do so for you» ‎- 9000
«Even though most sane CS students stick to re-implementing Lisp in Haskell and similar five-finger exercises, there are enough fools out there who suffer from the delusion that their ideas are not only new but useful to other people to keep the linguistic taxonomists in business.» ‎- 9000