On Fri, 14 Jul 2000, Bell, John wrote: > We've had patent-hungry research labs for much more than > 40 years... where's my whiz-bang multi-state (read: analog) > neural network doohickeys? For $400 a pop? What, nobody > wants to put their slide rule where their mouth is and > actually create product? I thought so... > It's right next to my flying car, but wait a minute, my flying car is in a R&D lab in California. Granted, I can't pick one up for the price of a new car (unless your talking custom Rolls of something), but it exists. More likely its in a folder in some government office stamped "not feasable at this time - review in 50 years". > Perhaps I am being narrow-minded and/or cynical, but I have > to go with Steve on this one - your basic multi-user time-share > OS architecture will be with us and account for the majority > of production use when we're all in hovercars. > -- A majority of production use for the forseeable future, probably, just like COBOL and JCL. Change is bad in a production environment. The best solution for a new environment, probably not. My generation was promised flying cars (just like in that commercial), and we got them. Sure, you can't afford one, or get permission to drive it if you could afford it, but they exist, promise kept. My generation promised multi-state neural network computing, and recent advances in the related fields look promising (see the last years issues of SCI-AM). Another 10 or 20 years and another promise kept. Good thing too, 'cause I'm gonna need it to help me navigate that flying car. > JB > > -----Original Message----- > From: F.M. Taylor [mailto:root@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] > Sent: Friday, July 14, 2000 3:29 PM > To: technocracy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx > Subject: Re: SCO: oh, the irony of it all > > > On Fri, 14 Jul 2000, Steve Baker wrote: > > > Userspace apps will come and go, but the underlying operating system > > needn't change that much. > > While you could be correct, I have been hearing stuff like that since the > days when STOP/RUN and LOAD/ENTER buttons were common and a hex LED > Display was a fancy option, when a workstation was the size of a desk. > Developments in multi-state logic and neural networks could make the last > 40 years of computing look like nothing more than an interesting > excercise. And while it is possible for some student from BFE to make > these types of developments, it will more likely be some patent hungry > research lab. > > > --- > Mike Taylor > Coordinator of Systems Administration and Network Security > Indiana State University. Rankin Hall Rm 039 > 210 N 7th St. Terre Haute, IN. > Voice: 812-237-8843 47809 > --- > "You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it." > --Scott McNealy, Sun MicroSystems. > > > --- Mike Taylor Coordinator of Systems Administration and Network Security Indiana State University. Rankin Hall Rm 039 210 N 7th St. Terre Haute, IN. Voice: 812-237-8843 47809 --- "You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it." --Scott McNealy, Sun MicroSystems.