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(Gizmodo)   Some of the worst tech predictions ever   ( divider line
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2014-04-10 11:30:27 AM  
"This is not one of the summer movies where you can close your eyes during the scary parts."
- Then-President Bill Clinton, issuing a dire warning about the Y2K millennium bug, 1998

Gosh, we spent billions of dollars and dedicated huge amounts of effort to fixing the Y2K bug, and then nothing bad happened.

Stupid wasteful engineers.
2014-04-10 12:14:03 PM  

Jakesta: Mikey1969: Chunks McGunks: FTFA "One day there will be one in every city" - a small town mayor talking about the telephone after a demonstration.

This is true though.  How is this a bad prediction?

Came here to say this... Why can't people picking shiat for listicles like this actually pick things that match their conditions?

Idiots. Both of you. The prediction is wrong because he said there will be ONE in every city. There's five in my house alone.

So there is one in the city you live in. And 4 extra just in your house!
2014-04-10 01:03:43 PM  
Yes. Because apples from 114 years ago tasted WAY better than that crap they feed us today.

Actually yea, they (often) did.  You can still get those apples too and taste for yourself, they just won't be in your local Kroger/Safeway/whatever.  A lot of the commercial cultivars focus much more on mass and shelf life than they do on flavor, because people will sacrifice a bit of taste, for a modest savings, and the producers can profit more from the sales.

Granted, many were also not so good, and were used for cider, but the point is there are tons of apples out there that we never see, which are quite good but not profitable/viable for large production and distribution.  The same goes for tomatoes (and lots of other produce.)
2014-04-10 01:44:00 PM  
What Charlie Chaplin said wasn't a prediction, just an observation at the time.

The ones about Clint Eastwood and Elvis are not a predictions either. especially not tech ones.

Well, that was a stupid list.
2014-04-10 01:44:45 PM  
The most punchable face in the computer/tech industry:

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2014-04-10 11:25:38 PM  

doglover: [ image 800x788]

OTOH, now we have oculus rift being bought by facebook for $2billion, google glass, and a recent offering from sony in the VR category. Really, the virtual boy just didnt have the technological base to really "wow" at the time, so it bombed. But i'd be willing to bet that, if they had built it now, it wouldn't have been the headache/red eye flop that it was.

//actually loved the virtual boy, but in fairness I got it for 10% of the original price on a clearance too..
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