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(Cracked)   There has been science-fiction ideas that are well, fiction. Here are three of them that we really invented   (cracked.com) divider line 45
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2012-10-21 04:40:32 PM  
I don't know which is worse: the clumsily written headline (hang on, aren't science fiction technologies "invented" as well?) or the inarticulate mess of an article.
 
2012-10-21 05:27:52 PM  
Has our children been writing headlines?
 
2012-10-21 05:29:52 PM  
Three half lame items dispersed on the farking ultimate piece or Science Fiction, the Internet.

/Posting from my PADD
 
2012-10-21 05:30:49 PM  
Looks like working grammar checkers are still completely withing the realm of fiction.
 
2012-10-21 05:33:21 PM  
Has been who what where, now?
 
2012-10-21 05:44:09 PM  
what? no ego-synchronous communication satellites?
 
2012-10-21 05:50:41 PM  
It seems like this article hasn't been LINK edited well.
 
2012-10-21 05:54:45 PM  
They need to do way instain headline. Who botch their grammar because these grammar cant frigth back? It was not news its Fark this mroing. A subby in ar who kill her own headline. they are taking the headline back to new york to lady to rest. My pary are with the editor who lost his goddam mind. I am truly sorry for your lots.
 
2012-10-21 06:02:06 PM  
And since the headline will inevitably be fixed, so nobody will know what we're talking about:

i105.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-21 06:08:28 PM  
"There has been..."? What do you think this is, subby, Caturday?
 
2012-10-21 06:11:19 PM  
In 2101, there has been beginning
 
2012-10-21 06:15:30 PM  
Author could have made that article long enough for a second page.

He has failed Cracked, and thereby failed us!
 
2012-10-21 06:26:13 PM  
LINK

/LINK
//LINK
 
2012-10-21 06:26:59 PM  
What's with the random "LINK [verb/noun]" thing going on with that article?

I thought it was from a scifi novel or something:

"They LINK fired a laser on Mars".
 
2012-10-21 06:41:01 PM  
Cracked is still one of the worst websites ever.
 
2012-10-21 06:51:05 PM  
One step closer to the security dogs from Snow Crash.
 
2012-10-21 06:56:02 PM  

Jesus McSordid: LINK

/LINK
//LINK


images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-10-21 06:58:26 PM  

goatleggedfellow: One step closer to the security dogs from Snow Crash.


Hooray rat things!

The Alpha Dog video was a little bit disturbing, especially once I noticed the rotating gyroscope thing in its head. That put it over the top for me. Creepier than the fast cheetah one, that's for sure.
 
2012-10-21 07:05:15 PM  
Have. Have. Have. Have. Have. Have. Have.
 
2012-10-21 07:14:40 PM  

way south: Author could have made that article long enough for a second page.

He has failed Cracked, and thereby failed us!


Or you have no idea what Cracked quick-fixes are and just failed yourself.
 
2012-10-21 07:16:30 PM  
So, those 'tards have never read a Heinlein book in their lives? If that man had patented half the things he came up with he'd have been one of the richest men in the world.
 
2012-10-21 07:30:10 PM  

Ed Grubermann: So, those 'tards have never read a Heinlein book in their lives? If that man had patented half the things he came up with he'd have been one of the richest men in the world.


If the first sentient AI isn't named Mycroft, I will be so upset.
 
2012-10-21 07:55:02 PM  
TFA: And we LINK fired it on Mars.

Link fire you say?

www.mobygames.com

yeah, probably a good choice.
 
2012-10-21 08:05:00 PM  
I usually like cracked but that was bad and subby you should feel bad
 
2012-10-21 08:08:41 PM  

RexTalionis: I don't know which is worse: the clumsily written headline (hang on, aren't science fiction technologies "invented" as well?) or the inarticulate mess of an article.


Thanks, I thought it was just the porter murmuring, and wasn't going to say anything.
 
2012-10-21 08:19:14 PM  
Travel to the moon, submarines, nuclear power, satellites, mobile computers, etc. And that's what the right reasons focuses on?
 
2012-10-21 08:20:38 PM  

lbryant: TFA: And we LINK fired it on Mars.

Link fire you say?

[www.mobygames.com image 640x480]

yeah, probably a good choice.


Critical Hit. ER PPC
Critical Hit. ER PPC

Internal Ammo Explosion Detected.
 
2012-10-21 08:29:11 PM  

Shadow Blasko: Ed Grubermann: So, those 'tards have never read a Heinlein book in their lives? If that man had patented half the things he came up with he'd have been one of the richest men in the world.

If the first sentient AI isn't named Mycroft, I will be so upset.


It'll probably be a Microsoft product, is that close enough?
 
2012-10-21 08:35:30 PM  

rocky_howard: What's with the random "LINK [verb/noun]" thing going on with that article?

I thought it was from a scifi novel or something:

"They LINK fired a laser on Mars".


I think Cracked's editors hadn't gotten around to fully checking the article before they released it. I think the idea is that LINK denotes a point where there's supposed to be a hyperlink to something. In your example, "fired a laser on mars" would be linked to some news article or something.
 
2012-10-21 08:38:53 PM  
So is there anything that robotic horse can do that a regular horse can't?
 
2012-10-21 08:42:48 PM  
I can write a better article with a single post.

upload.wikimedia.org

discoveryenterprise.files.wordpress.com 

media.smithsonianmag.com

www.mobilemag.com

www.newfangled.com

www.inc.com

And finally,
upload.wikimedia.org

Includes a passage naming

upload.wikimedia.org

In most cases I think the real world product was much more refined or capable than the sci-fi version. Heinlein would have shiat his pants if you tried to explain a gigabyte to him. Of course,the fun thing about old sci-fi is seeing how badly authors got it wrong. It's like none of the pre-cyberpunk authors had any idea about the scope of our information systems.
 
2012-10-21 10:10:17 PM  

wildcardjack: Of course,the fun thing about old sci-fi is seeing how badly authors got it wrong. It's like none of the pre-cyberpunk authors had any idea about the scope of our information systems.


I remember reading Rendezvous With Rama, which takes place over 100 years in the future, written by Arthur C. Clarke sometime around 1972. There's a sequence in the book where the astronauts have landed on Rama and are sending back messages to Earth. The ship's captain tells one of his crewmen to keep his message under 1000 bytes. There was another William Gibson book written in the 80s that had its protagonist selling 32 megabytes of RAM in the year 2050, or something like that. Even visionaries like Clarke and Gibson dramatically undersold the computing revolution.

Part of the fun of science fiction is realizing you're reading a snapshot of what people thought the future could be like at the time it was written. Unfortunately, a lot of people don't get that and don't like reading older sci-fi books because they're 'dated'.
 
2012-10-21 10:30:04 PM  

Baron Harkonnen: wildcardjack: Of course,the fun thing about old sci-fi is seeing how badly authors got it wrong. It's like none of the pre-cyberpunk authors had any idea about the scope of our information systems.

I remember reading Rendezvous With Rama, which takes place over 100 years in the future, written by Arthur C. Clarke sometime around 1972. There's a sequence in the book where the astronauts have landed on Rama and are sending back messages to Earth. The ship's captain tells one of his crewmen to keep his message under 1000 bytes. There was another William Gibson book written in the 80s that had its protagonist selling 32 megabytes of RAM in the year 2050, or something like that. Even visionaries like Clarke and Gibson dramatically undersold the computing revolution.

Part of the fun of science fiction is realizing you're reading a snapshot of what people thought the future could be like at the time it was written. Unfortunately, a lot of people don't get that and don't like reading older sci-fi books because they're 'dated'.


images2.wikia.nocookie.net

The writers for Voyager got a kick out of the retro-wrong also. I always wondered how the B&W thing would work in person. 

Oh, and I think EE Doc Smith might have hit upon the idea of the Higgs Field when he was inventing his star drive. IIRC he described it as cancelling the effects of mass, thus it wasn't subject to the unity problems of relativity.
 
2012-10-21 10:30:20 PM  
That was English, wasn't it?
 
2012-10-21 10:35:54 PM  
I Can Has Cheezburger?
 
2012-10-21 11:18:36 PM  

wildcardjack: Of course,the fun thing about old sci-fi is seeing how badly authors got it wrong.


Yeah, but mostly they got it wrong because they assumed a bunch of stuff would be way easier than it is, like space travel.

It's like none of the pre-cyberpunk authors had any idea about the scope of our information systems.

And yet, here we are in 2012 with pretty crappy AI, and even virtual reality is a can still being kicked down the road, while Moore's law has not dissapointed.

We do have video phones, but most people don't use them because you can't pick your nose while talking to people.
 
2012-10-21 11:52:21 PM  

Bacontastesgood: We do have video phones, but most people don't use them because you can't pick your nose while talking to people.


Technology changes...humans do not.

/we are just cavemen in bluejeans with cellphones
 
2012-10-22 12:14:48 AM  
Yes, the article sucks. That being said, I'm going to be referring to Curiosity as an 'interplanetary atomic sciencetank' all the freakin time now!!
 
2012-10-22 12:27:03 AM  

mr lawson: Bacontastesgood: We do have video phones, but most people don't use them because you can't pick your nose while talking to people.

Technology changes...humans do not.

/we are just cavemen in bluejeans with cellphones


I'm just a caveman...
 
2012-10-22 03:08:50 AM  

rocky_howard: Shadow Blasko: Ed Grubermann: So, those 'tards have never read a Heinlein book in their lives? If that man had patented half the things he came up with he'd have been one of the richest men in the world.

If the first sentient AI isn't named Mycroft, I will be so upset.

It'll probably be a Microsoft product, is that close enough?


Well, he ain't getting any younger.
corporate.discovery.com
 
2012-10-22 03:12:40 AM  

Bacontastesgood: wildcardjack: Of course,the fun thing about old sci-fi is seeing how badly authors got it wrong.

Yeah, but mostly they got it wrong because they assumed a bunch of stuff would be way easier than it is, like space travel.

It's like none of the pre-cyberpunk authors had any idea about the scope of our information systems.

And yet, here we are in 2012 with pretty crappy AI, and even virtual reality is a can still being kicked down the road, while Moore's law has not dissapointed.

We do have video phones, but most people don't use them because you can't pick your nose while talking to people.


Phones are lie facilitators.
 
2012-10-22 05:58:03 AM  

Baron Harkonnen: people thought the future could be like at the time it was written. Unfortunately, a lot of people don't get that


...and really think we'll colonize space and have orbital 3D marble factories.
 
2012-10-22 07:07:07 AM  

Bacontastesgood: wildcardjack: Of course,the fun thing about old sci-fi is seeing how badly authors got it wrong.

Yeah, but mostly they got it wrong because they assumed a bunch of stuff would be way easier than it is, like space travel.

It's like none of the pre-cyberpunk authors had any idea about the scope of our information systems.

And yet, here we are in 2012 with pretty crappy AI, and even virtual reality is a can still being kicked down the road, while Moore's law has not dissapointed.

We do have video phones, but most people don't use them because you can't pick your nose while talking to people.


There`s an app for that.
 
2012-10-22 08:49:01 AM  

chopit: So is there anything that robotic horse can do that a regular horse can't?


Yes, satisfy your mom :)
 
2012-10-22 08:56:52 AM  

wildcardjack: I can write a better article with a single post.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 200x285]

[discoveryenterprise.files.wordpress.com image 427x197] 

[media.smithsonianmag.com image 631x462]

[www.mobilemag.com image 400x391]

[www.newfangled.com image 500x383]

[www.inc.com image 575x270]

And finally,
[upload.wikimedia.org image 200x290]

Includes a passage naming

[upload.wikimedia.org image 262x300]

In most cases I think the real world product was much more refined or capable than the sci-fi version. Heinlein would have shiat his pants if you tried to explain a gigabyte to him. Of course,the fun thing about old sci-fi is seeing how badly authors got it wrong. It's like none of the pre-cyberpunk authors had any idea about the scope of our information systems.


www.newfangled.com

I don't believe this picture. Everyone knows Apple invented the rectangle with rounded edges.
 
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