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(Tidbits)   What makes a technology "cool"? Noted internet cool guy, Neil deGrasse Tyson, explains   (tidbits.com) divider line 25
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2012-10-09 05:52:39 PM  
imageshack.us
 
2012-10-09 05:58:06 PM  
Tyson's theory is that technology retains its coolness factor so long as it remains best-in-class.

Sorry. Anything made by Seymour Cray will forever be cool. The Woz has a bit of that touch, as did Jay Miner. On the software side, C and classic Unix (based on three functions: open, read, fork), probably LISP and Smalltalk (although I'm more of a hardware guy giving this on reputation).

Any farkers see the "art of video games" at the Smithsonian? Stuff there dated all the way back to combat on the 2600: still was cool. I'm not sure how much coolness depended on how cool it was in it's day and how well it still plays: I suspect both count.
 
2012-10-09 06:29:51 PM  
The presence/lack of an apple logo?
 
2012-10-09 06:35:57 PM  
The Saturn V remains the biggest cylinder that goes boom that humankind has ever made, holding records for tallest, heaviest, most powerful, and heaviest launch payload.

Unless I'm mistaken it's also the loudest machine ever made.
 
2012-10-09 06:35:59 PM  

yet_another_wumpus: Tyson's theory is that technology retains its coolness factor so long as it remains best-in-class.

Sorry. Anything made by Seymour Cray will forever be cool. The Woz has a bit of that touch, as did Jay Miner. On the software side, C and classic Unix (based on three functions: open, read, fork), probably LISP and Smalltalk (although I'm more of a hardware guy giving this on reputation).

Any farkers see the "art of video games" at the Smithsonian? Stuff there dated all the way back to combat on the 2600: still was cool. I'm not sure how much coolness depended on how cool it was in it's day and how well it still plays: I suspect both count.


He did not say that anything no longer best in its class would by that alone no longer be cool, only that being best in class was a common trait of things widely considered cool.
 
2012-10-09 06:39:36 PM  

phaseolus: The Saturn V remains the biggest cylinder that goes boom that humankind has ever made, holding records for tallest, heaviest, most powerful, and heaviest launch payload.

Unless I'm mistaken it's also the loudest machine ever made.


*Ahem*
 
2012-10-09 06:51:22 PM  

phaseolus: Unless I'm mistaken it's also the loudest machine ever made.


upload.wikimedia.org

WHAT?!
 
2012-10-09 06:57:51 PM  
good heat sinks and a fan.
 
2012-10-09 07:08:20 PM  
XB-70, as fast as the SR-71 but with cargo space...
onlyhdwallpapers.com 

Carcinotron, output to THz (not this one in particular)
lampes-et-tubes.info

Vacuum tube 8 bit ADC
www.electricstuff.co.uk

Tube memory (Selectron)
www.electricstuff.co.uk 

And thanks to our new definition of "solid state" to mean "no moving parts", the last three items are solid state.
 
2012-10-09 07:26:12 PM  
NDT is a self absorbed, self righteous douchebag on his facebook page.
 
2012-10-09 07:50:30 PM  
Wow I am now dumber for reading that. I kept reading because I thought maybe I would eventually get to something useful or pointed. No such luck. fark me that was a stupid article.
 
2012-10-09 08:05:01 PM  
Cool, he's the guy that dumbed-down NOVA.
 
2012-10-09 09:10:05 PM  

ratagorda: NDT is a self absorbed, self righteous douchebag on his facebook page.


Show us on the doll where Neil deGrasse Tyson touched you.
 
2012-10-09 09:34:56 PM  

ratagorda: NDT is a self absorbed, self righteous douchebag on his facebook page.


Damn, I used to work in the NDT field and for a moment I had no idea what was going on...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nondestructive_testing
 
2012-10-09 11:29:15 PM  
Farked. Dammit.
 
2012-10-10 02:31:35 AM  
Other things as "cool" as Neil deGrasse Tyson:

Booger from Revenge of the Nerds
Habanero peppers
The sun's corona
 
2012-10-10 03:06:08 AM  
Non-Asian minorities.
 
2012-10-10 04:16:48 AM  

ratagorda: NDT is a self absorbed, self righteous douchebag on his facebook page.


I got an instant dislike for the man after reading an article about "inaccuracies" in sci-fi movies. Prometheus had dozens of legitimate flaws but he felt the need to only look at a piece of banter which he took for a factual statement.
 
2012-10-10 09:04:47 AM  
The Tim Tebow of the Geek page.
 
2012-10-10 12:42:52 PM  
I knew there'd be some Hipster Geeks who were too cool for NDT.
 
2012-10-10 01:13:14 PM  

BoxOfBees: Habanero peppers
The sun's corona



So you think he's hot.
 
2012-10-10 01:13:58 PM  

DerAppie: I got an instant dislike for the man after reading an article about "inaccuracies" in sci-fi movies. Prometheus had dozens of legitimate flaws but he felt the need to only look at a piece of banter which he took for a factual statement.


... That's what did it for you? Really?
 
2012-10-10 01:20:38 PM  

Relatively Obscure: DerAppie: I got an instant dislike for the man after reading an article about "inaccuracies" in sci-fi movies. Prometheus had dozens of legitimate flaws but he felt the need to only look at a piece of banter which he took for a factual statement.

... That's what did it for you? Really?


Yep. In my defense I would like to state that that was the first time I consciously connected him to something he wrote. Usually I don't look at authors so I might have read stuff from him before which I might have liked (or not).
 
2012-10-10 03:36:05 PM  

DerAppie: Relatively Obscure: DerAppie: I got an instant dislike for the man after reading an article about "inaccuracies" in sci-fi movies. Prometheus had dozens of legitimate flaws but he felt the need to only look at a piece of banter which he took for a factual statement.

... That's what did it for you? Really?

Yep. In my defense I would like to state that that was the first time I consciously connected him to something he wrote. Usually I don't look at authors so I might have read stuff from him before which I might have liked (or not).


Wow. Okay, fair enough I guess. Personally, I don't have a boner for him or anything but I appreciate his efforts in encouraging space exploration and research (and the necessary funding). I always took his film critiques as light-hearted silliness.
 
2012-10-10 06:02:09 PM  

Relatively Obscure: DerAppie: Relatively Obscure: DerAppie: I got an instant dislike for the man after reading an article about "inaccuracies" in sci-fi movies. Prometheus had dozens of legitimate flaws but he felt the need to only look at a piece of banter which he took for a factual statement.

... That's what did it for you? Really?

Yep. In my defense I would like to state that that was the first time I consciously connected him to something he wrote. Usually I don't look at authors so I might have read stuff from him before which I might have liked (or not).

Wow. Okay, fair enough I guess. Personally, I don't have a boner for him or anything but I appreciate his efforts in encouraging space exploration and research (and the necessary funding). I always took his film critiques as light-hearted silliness.


Yeah, bad first impression. 1000 bridges, 1 goat and all that.
 
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