Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Jul 2013 23:09 UTC
In the News "Douglas C. Engelbart, a visionary scientist whose singular epiphany in 1950 about technology's potential to expand human intelligence led to a host of inventions - among them the computer mouse - that became the basis for both the Internet and the modern personal computer, died on Tuesday at his home in Atherton, Calif. He was 88." We lost one of the greatest - if not the greatest - visionaries of computing today.
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RE[3]: Comment by kwan_e
by kwan_e on Thu 4th Jul 2013 08:31 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kwan_e"
kwan_e
Member since:
2007-02-18

Comments like the above two can become a self fulfilling prophecy


If people were intelligent, they'd be self-negating prophecies. Consider this a social experiment. In two previous occasions, one Neil Armstrong's death, the other a suggestion for Turing's pardon, precisely that response arose within the first page, if I remember correctly. Both cases without me making the prediction.

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RE[4]: Comment by kwan_e
by Laurence on Thu 4th Jul 2013 08:47 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kwan_e"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Just because some threads get tarnished, it doesn't mean that every thread will be and nor does it mean that you need post some pseudo-intellectual remarks pre-empting the trolls.

The better thing to do would have not to been to post ironic statements about the aforementioned topic - and only broach such a debate if some idiots did decide to post such drivel. However posting your remark (and particularly as the first and thus most visible post in this thread) makes you little better than those trolls in my opinion. So can we please keep this discussion on topic and respectful to Engelbart instead of dragging this thread off into irrelevance.

(and yes, I'm aware that I'm now a hypocrite because I've responded to you and thus given life to this dumb argument - however I equally disagree with "hit-and-run" down-voting so felt you deserved an explanation for the moderation).

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RE[4]: Comment by kwan_e
by benytocamela on Thu 4th Jul 2013 16:26 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kwan_e"
benytocamela Member since:
2013-05-16

If people were intelligent, they'd be self-negating prophecies.


Thanks for tirelessly demonstrating by example how some people are not very bright, and in some cases downright crass and classless indeed. Obviously we could have not been able to figure that one out without your defecation on this thread.

So, thanks again! You sure added to the understanding and celebration of Prof. Engelbart's legacy and context...

Edited 2013-07-04 16:36 UTC

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RE[5]: Comment by kwan_e
by kwan_e on Fri 5th Jul 2013 01:49 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by kwan_e"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

Obviously we could have not been able to figure that one out without your defecation on this thread.

So, thanks again! You sure added to the understanding and celebration of Prof. Engelbart's legacy and context...


Hmm, don't remember seeing you defending Armstrong's and Turing's legacy in those other news items when people were really saying that giving them credit somehow diminishes other people's works.

As far as I am concerned, almost everyone, including your illustrious self, completely add nothing to the understanding or celebration either.

I guess it's easier for you to attack me than those other people when it mattered.

Coward.

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