Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Dec 2010 00:10 UTC, submitted by SReilly
In the News "Spain last night killed a controversial anti-P2P bill that would have made it easier to shut down websites that link to infringing content. The move was a blow to the ruling Socialist government, but it may be of even bigger concern to the US, which pushed, threatened, and cajoled Spain to clamp down on downloading. And Wikileaks can take a share of the credit for the defeat."
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RE[2]: I always wondered
by Valhalla on Thu 23rd Dec 2010 04:08 UTC in reply to "RE: I always wondered"
Valhalla
Member since:
2006-01-24

It was a long time since I read Neuromancer, but as I recall he described a future where huge multinational corporations controlled the governments and the gap between the rich and the poor were enourmous. Who knew it would turn out to be true. Well, all the crappy stuff came true, we still don't have that cool matrix thingy...

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RE[3]: I always wondered
by Neolander on Thu 23rd Dec 2010 09:20 in reply to "RE[2]: I always wondered"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Indeed. Cyberpunk universes tend at least to include some nice tech/chemical stuff to help people forget about the horrible world they're living in.

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RE[3]: I always wondered
by UglyKidBill on Thu 23rd Dec 2010 12:20 in reply to "RE[2]: I always wondered"
UglyKidBill Member since:
2005-07-27

Some people were warning about this from 15-20 years at least, and some others saw it coming a long long time ago, i.e. Metropolis (1927!)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metropolis_(film)

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

So, there I am walking down the street to work with moving picture billboards on every available surface and what apears to be an open space dedicated to them; TO's own little downtown Time's Square as it where. I'm talking on a small slab of phone plastic or through a small chunk of headset plastic hidden in my ear. I have at least four devices that can capture still images, three of which do video. Much of what I do during the day could easily be done from home or the office. (this about six years ago)

I've been watching Mr Gibson's future setting become reality for a while now. Technically, we're living in the Silverlight erra (hm.. did MS borrow the name?) which comes just before the Cyberpunk setting we know so well.

Welcome to the Cyber-corporation, Cyberpunks.

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