Skype now has a button for calling folk. Its at the bottom

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I’m a joke

Yes I’m a joke for crashing so much. The quips are prolific from “Crash Dummy” to “yo yo” and people say they will create a “welcome back Dude” gesture. Its getting to be, I am a joke. This has become painful. I feel like a fool who can’t get his computer to work properly.

I don’t know what is wrong.

Graphics card works fine with a core gpu temperature of 41C its not overheating.
All cpus are fine with a max temp of 51C
Tested all blocks of RAM
All windows programs run fine.
I formatted the hard disk and created partitions.

32 bit Firestorm (second life) crashes immediately doesn’t even load the inventory even running with graphics set to low.
64 bit Firestorm runs for longer with low graphics but eventually crashes.

I’ve been at this constantly for over a week. Its getting tiresome and I am seriously thinking of giving up second life completely

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Asimov 1964 Predictions

When New York City hosted The World’s Fair in 1964, Isaac Asimov, the prolific sci-fi author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, took the opportunity to wonder what the world would look like 50 years hence — assuming the world survived the nuclear threats of the Cold War. Writing in The New York Times, Asimov imagined a world that you might partly recognize today, a world where:

  • “Gadgetry will continue to relieve mankind of tedious jobs. Kitchen units will be devised that will prepare ‘automeals,’ heating water and converting it to coffee; toasting bread; frying, poaching or scrambling eggs, grilling bacon, and so on. Breakfasts will be ‘ordered’ the night before to be ready by a specified hour the next morning.”
  • “Communications will become sight-sound and you will see as well as hear the person you telephone. The screen can be used not only to see the people you call but also for studying documents and photographs and reading passages from books. Synchronous satellites, hovering in space will make it possible for you to direct-dial any spot on earth, including the weather stations in Antarctica.”
  • “[M]en will continue to withdraw from nature in order to create an environment that will suit them better. By 2014, electroluminescent panels will be in common use. Ceilings and walls will glow softly, and in a variety of colors that will change at the touch of a push button.”
  • “Robots will neither be common nor very good in 2014, but they will be in existence.”
  • “The appliances of 2014 will have no electric cords, of course, for they will be powered by long- lived batteries running on radioisotopes.”
  • “[H]ighways … in the more advanced sections of the world will have passed their peak in 2014; there will be increasing emphasis on transportation that makes the least possible contact with the surface. There will be aircraft, of course, but even ground travel will increasingly take to the air a foot or two off the ground.”
  • “[V]ehicles with ‘Robot-brains’ … can be set for particular destinations … that will then proceed there without interference by the slow reflexes of a human driver.”
  • “[W]all screens will have replaced the ordinary set; but transparent cubes will be making their appearance in which three-dimensional viewing will be possible.”
  • “[T]he world population will be 6,500,000,000 and the population of the United States will be 350,000,000.” And later he warns that if the population growth continues unchecked, “All earth will be a single choked Manhattan by A.D. 2450 and society will collapse long before that!” As a result, “There will, therefore, be a worldwide propaganda drive in favor of birth control by rational and humane methods and, by 2014, it will undoubtedly have taken serious effect.” [See our Walt Disney Family Planning cartoon from earlier this week.]
  • “Ordinary agriculture will keep up with great difficulty and there will be ‘farms’ turning to the more efficient micro-organisms. Processed yeast and algae products will be available in a variety of flavors.”
  • “The world of A.D. 2014 will have few routine jobs that cannot be done better by some machine than by any human being. Mankind will therefore have become largely a race of machine tenders. Schools will have to be oriented in this direction…. All the high-school students will be taught the fundamentals of computer technology will become proficient in binary arithmetic and will be trained to perfection in the use of the computer languages that will have developed out of those like the contemporary “Fortran.”
  • “[M]ankind will suffer badly from the disease of boredom, a disease spreading more widely each year and growing in intensity. This will have serious mental, emotional and sociological consequences, and I dare say that psychiatry will be far and away the most important medical specialty in 2014.”
  •  ”[T]he most glorious single word in the vocabulary will have become work!” in our ”a society of enforced leisure.”

Isaac Asimov wasn’t the only person during the 60s who peered into the future in a fairly prescient way. You can find a few more on-the-mark predictions from contemporaries below:

Arthur C. Clarke Predicts the Future in 1964 … And Kind of Nails It

Walter Cronkite Imagines the Home of the 21st Century … Back in 1967

The Internet Imagined in 1969

Marshall McLuhan Announces That The World is a Global Village

Note: This post originally appeared on Open Culture last August. If there was ever a time to show it again, it’s today. So, with your indulgence, we’re giving it an encore performance.

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You are being monitored

Stop Press: Merkel calls Obama about ‘US spying on her phone’ AND EU to hold Brussels summit amid US spying row

The National Security Agency is monitoring YOU. You Internet activity and mobile phone use. So what next? Perhaps:

New from the NSA: Internal Patriot Discovery from MarkFiore on Vimeo.

View Video Here!

Here is the post:

While everyone was paying attention to the government shutdown and the imminent default of the United States, the NSA hits keep coming! After it came out that the National Security Agency had started gathering data on US citizens’ social media accounts, it seemed that now they were watching, well . . . everything.

After phones, email and social networks, what was left to surveil? You’ll have to watch the cartoon to find out, but while I was working on this animation, the story broke that the NSA is also siphoning up your email address books, among other things.

It seems like every day there is a new story about another way the NSA is watching us. Always with a connection to a foreign intelligence purpose, of course, and always only metadata and other thingies you really needn’t worry about. Carry on.

Now there are so many of these news stories and anti-privacy revelations, they seem to be losing their power to shock. Sigh, just another way the government is watching us, that Snowden guy is old news, who cares. I only hope this cartoon doesn’t become a reality like the recent Sammy Salmonella episode. You can find more links to the stories behind the cartoon on my web site, but in the meantime, like, share, comment and be sure to say hello to Agent(s) X who are no doubt listening in!

First, there was “Total Information Awareness,” then, the “Information Dominance Center,” then PRISM, X-Keyscore and Boundless Informant.

We then used cell towers and GPS tracking, then monitored social media connections, bank and insurance information (but only metadata, of course).

Now, we unveil our most advanced program ever: “Internal Patriot Discovery!”

Data-mining has never been so powerful, and so pointed.

With I.P.D. smart-probe technology, rather than comb through personal data looking for terrorists, we look for patriots, and determine who are the terrorists by process of elimination!

And while all of our previous programs were classified, with Internal Patriot Discovery, we welcome the public.

Come, prove your patriotism by voluntarily submitting to I.P.D., so that we may eliminate you from our list of terrorists.

The Internal Patriot Discovery smart probe was designed by General Keith Alexander himself, so you can be sure it will be a perfect fit . . . for Democracy!

You can find an I.P.D. center near you and begin the quick, painless process of discovering your inner patriot!

Show the world you’re not a terrorist!

Or, if you value your privacy, we’ll be glad to send an NSA I.P.D. installation team to your home.

Either way, we’ll make it easy for you to prove you’re not a terrorist!

So make your appointment today, or better yet, we’ll make one for you!

With Internal Patriot Discovery, we’ll make America safe from the inside out!

Better hurry, the first fifty-thousand people to sign up will receive a tube of “General Alexander’s EZ-In!,” formulated for maximum smart probe comfort!

(EZ-In offer not good for foreigners, journalists or government whistleblowers.)
Originally posted to Comics on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 06:50 AM PDT.
Also republished by Daily Kos.

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