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Top Maa Durga Puja & Ayudha Puja Wallpapers Photo Image

Ayudha Puja is an integral part of the Dasara festival (festival of triumph), a Hindu festival which is traditionally celebrated in India. It is also called “Astra Puja”, the synonym for Ayudha Puja. in Tamil Nadu as Ayuda Pujai (Tamil: ஆயுத பூஜை) and in Kerala as Ayudha Puja. The festival falls on the ninth day or Navami of the bright half of Moon’s cycle of 15 days (as per Almanac) in the month of September/October, and is popularly a part of the Dasara or Navaratri or Durga Puja or Golu festival.

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RSA Animate – Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

All about the Android

Android(Google open source Mobile OS)

                                  The dictionary defines an “Android” as part-man, part-machine. We do not have plastics or electronics humming inside our bodies (okay, there are bust-enhancers and pacemakers) yet, but we have amazing technology at our fingertips today, thanks to mobile devices.

One instance of such an incredible tool comes in the form of the Android operating system (OS) for mobile phones that has taken some time to get traction among customers but now that it has got there, boy, is it sticky! Late in April, mobile phones running on Android, an offering from search giant Google, outsold Apple’s popular iPhone in North America, though the Steve Jobs-run company remains far ahead in smartphone global sales.

So, should you too get an Android-powered mobile device?

 Top 5 Androiders

1. Samsung i5700 Galaxy Spica
Rs 14,750

2. LG GW620
Rs 19,000

3. Motorola Milestone
Rs 33,000 4. HTC Legend

Rs 26,000 5. SonyEricsson Xperia X10i
Rs 35,000

 

The Android OS, by design, has two inherent advantages. The first is that it is available to a multitude of device manufacturers, not just because it is open-source but also thanks to some big pushes from Google. The second is that, like the Apple iPhone operating system, Android also supports touch-screen devices—the new rage among mobile devices. And with the latest release of the software, version 2.1, it also supports so-called capacitive multi-touch

If you decide to shop for an Android device, you will not be short of choice. There are Android devices starting at price-points below Rs 15,000, such as the Samsung Galaxy Spica, LG GW920 and HTC Tattoo, all the way up to the Rs 30,000-plus SonyEricsson Xperia X10 or Motorola Milestone (still cheaper than the 16 GB iPhone 3GS, which retails at Rs 35,500).

How do Android applications stack up against competition? E-mail, for instance. The software is from Google, therefore the G-mail experience is superb. You will need an application, however, to link back to your office’s Microsoft Exchange server. Much like the iPhone, “office e-mail” connectivity is not the main selling point of Android devices. That said, the “Chrome Lite” browser on Android devices and on the newer multitouch devices is excellent.

The Android Marketplace is a great place to find a whole host of interesting applications, many of which are free. Some like Google’s new Goggles visual search service, Google SkyMap and other applications such as Evernote, Dropbox and Google Maps’ voice-aided turn-by-turn navigation are fun to use as also useful (see Top 5 Android Apps).

Still, it is not as if there are no cribs with Android. Strangely, for an open source software, not all devices can be upgraded to the latest version of the OS, because the hardware may not support it. To run the latest Android 2.1 release for example, a device needs to be multi-touch.

Nonetheless, Android-run devices could make a big splash in India. Local device marketers are keen to push touch devices in India and are already speaking in Google’s language. Later this year, we could well see sub-Rs 10,000 Android devices and the OS could easily become the leading smart-phone platform in India, too.

Post-script: To use an Android device to its full capabilities you need to have a Google account. In addition, you will need a data connection to download as well as use most applications. Check with your operator for data plans.

Bonus:

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Top 5 Android Apps

  • Google Goggles
    Simply put, this is Visual Search. You take a picture with your camera and it does the rest like searching the web. Works with devices running Android 1.6 and above.
  • Evernote
    Android does not have a native notetaking application, but Evernote allows you to sync notes, photos and files across multiple devices and platforms.
  • Layar
    Augmented Reality anyone? Using a combination of your camera and GPS location, Layar gives you information of places and events near you.
  • Facebook for Android
    The iPhone and iPod Touch version is better, but the way the application syncs with your contacts is amazing, as long as your friends enter their numbers in the proper format.
  • Google Sky Map
    If you are an amateur astronomer this cool application uses your GPS location to explain the night sky.

The Smart World of Operating Systems

  • iPhone OS: Runs the Apple iPhone and now the iPad. This is possibly the smoothest device operating system. However, it does not allow multi-tasking. Some changes might occur with the next generation OS, the iPhone OS 4.0, expected in July.
  • BlackBerry OS: Research in Motion, makers of the BlackBerry, is rolling out a whole new version 5.0 across its newer devices such as the Bold 9700 and Storm 2 which, among other things, will have a vastly improved Internet browser.
  • Symbian OS: The latest iteration of Nokia’s Symbian OS, called Symbian U^3 will appear on the N8 and N9 devices later this year. Nokia expects this version to take on Apple and the deluge of Android devices.
  • Windows Phone 7: Microsoft’s latest operating system wowed observers with its slick interface, better integration with desktop machines (Mobile Office, for example) and web services.
  • Meego: Another operating system from Nokia, this time jointly with Intel, a new Linux-based platform for high-end mobilers, tablet computers and netbooks.
  • Bada: Korean phone maker Samsung, which makes several Android devices also decided to enter the smartphone operating system space with Bada, whose first devices should be launched later this year.

4 Best Web-based office suites

1) Google Docs | FREE |

 

Link:  www.docs.google.com 

 

Features:

>Introducing Google drawings
>Faster Google spreadsheets
>Upload any file
>Shared folders
>Bulk upload
>Drawings improvements
>Snap to guides
>Polylines
>Draw multiple lines
>Insert images
>Solve improvements

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2) ZOHO Creator | FREE |

Link: www.creator.zoho.com

Features:

>Zoho Creator is a web based database software that lets you easily create custom Online Database Applications.

 

 

3)MICROSFT OFFICE WEB APPS   |FREE|

Link: http://www.office.live.com

 

Features:

>It uses SKYdrive of 25  Gb of data storage

 

4)Think Free Online  | Free|

Link: www.thinkfree.com

Features:

>Easy to use

>Similar to windows office 2003

Pack for Linux: Our List of the Best Linux Downloads

 Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Best Linux Downloads

We love Linux, and want to make it easier for others to do so, too. This first edition of the Lifehacker Pack for Linux includes our favorite apps that get things done and make your desktop great.

Linux isn’t quite like Windows or Mac, as there are many, many distributions, usually running on one of two desktop systems (GNOME or KDE). We’ve chosen to write this list up from the perspective of a standard, GNOME-based Ubuntu user. Ubuntu is what the Lifehacker editors use, it’s what most of our Linux-leaning readers use, and it’s generally popular and frequently updated. Many of these apps can be downloaded and installed on other Linux systems, of course—check the Download link, or search out its name in your own system’s package installer.

If you are using Ubuntu, you can also install these apps by clicking the “Install in Ubuntu” link after each item. It’s a link that prompts your own Ubuntu system to search out and install an app from its own repositories—with your permission, of course. You may be asked on your first install to allow your browser to open up an Ubuntu app to handle the link, but go ahead and agree with it, and you’ll be installing apps with one click after that. We’ve also placed aggregated installer links at the bottom of each section, and a mega-installer at the bottom of the post, so you can install multiple apps at once.

Some other apps (Chrome and Dropbox) require a download, some are pre-installed in Ubuntu, and others may require the enabling of an extra repository or two for certain third-party apps, but we’ve explained how to do so in a previous Ubuntu feature (short version: open “Software Sources” from the System/Administration menu).

Now let’s get straight to the goodies:

Productivity

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Best Linux DownloadsGNOME-Do: If you’re familiar with Quicksilver, a key element of our Lifehacker Pack for Mac, you’ll have a sense of why application launcher GNOME-Do is so handy and great. But GNOME-Do does much more than object-verb launching. It comes packed with a host of plug-ins that can launch chats, upload or open Google Docs, shorten a URL or send a tweet, and on and on. [Download] [Install in Ubuntu]

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Best Linux DownloadsOpenOffice.org or GNOME Office Suite: We are not in love with OpenOffice.org, by any means. The internet is full of places where you can read what people dislike about Sun Microsystems’ open-source alternative to Microsoft’s Office suite—slowness, toolbar overload, a few features that are essential to certain trades. Still, for all its shortcomings, OpenOffice does get the job done in most cases, most of the time, and it’s robust in ways that are hard to imagine for entirely free software. If you want a lighter, faster alternative for simply opening files and cranking out work, the offerings in the GNOME suite—AbiWord, Gnumeric, and so forth—will suit you fine. Or just use Google Docs or Zoho. [Download: OpenOffice, GNOME Office] [Install Gnome Office in Ubuntu]

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Best Linux Downloadsgedit: It’s built into nearly any Linux OS that runs on GNOME, and some that don’t. It’s a compact but customizable text editor, one that’s great for jotting down quick notes, editing system files, writing code outside a full-fledged development environment, or otherwise editing straight-up text. It can be made up with plug-ins to auto-complete, snap open files, and otherwise work like TextMate, but even on its own, it’s a good tool to keep handy. [Download]

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Best Linux DownloadsAutoKey: Text replacement gives you the power to type five letters—like kpadd—and fill in a whole mess of repetitive or hard-to-remember text—like “Kevin Purdy / 123 Mayfair Lane / SomeTown, NY 12345″—wherever you happen to be typing. AutoKey isn’t a pure equivalent of Texter for Windows or TextExpander for Mac, but it has its own features to recommend it. Users can pick a hotkey, text snippet, or tray menu shortcut for each expansion they create, and learn a rudimentary scripting language to insert customized text. Just like Linux itself, AutoKey is an open book. [Download] [Install in Ubuntu]

[Install the Productivity pack in Ubuntu] (GNOME-Do, Gnome Office, Autokey)

Internet/Communication

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Best Linux DownloadsFirefox/Chrome: Firefox’s the default in most Linux browsers, and is likely the most tested and stable on Ubuntu and other platforms. But, just as on Macs, Chrome is growing up quickly, offering a very, very fast experience on Linux, and makes strides in integrating with the OS every day. So let’s call it a tie—both are easy to love. [Download: Firefox, Chrome]

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Best Linux DownloadsThunderbird: Most of you are using web-based mail these days, and Evolution may be deeply integrated into GNOME, but it’s hard to beat Thunderbird as a desktop email client. From its support for Gmail features like archiving to its large library of add-ons, Thunderbird’s got you covered no matter how you manage your email workflow. Even if you primarily use webapps for mail, you can’t go wrong backing up your email through a desktop client, nor accessing it through IMAP when Gmail goes down. [Download] [Install in Ubuntu]

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Best Linux DownloadsPidgin: Ubuntu has picked up Empathy as a default messaging program, and, while it’s a stylish, intriguing app, it’s nowhere near as convenient and fleshed out as Pidgin. Pigin gives you total control over multiple chat accounts and your buddy list, can be used with multiple Windows or Linux PCs, and also integrates into Ubuntu’s new “Me” menu. [Download] [Install in Ubuntu]

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Best Linux DownloadsSkype: Sure, there are a lot of different ways to video chat nowadays, but Skype is by far the most popular, what with its cross-platform availability and, frankly, media hype. But it’s free, works well, and chances are your friends all have it too, so it’s nice to keep around. [Download] [Install in Ubuntu]

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Best Linux DownloadsTransmission: Transmission is the default BitTorrent client in Ubuntu, and with good reason. It’s not quite as feature-rich as the Mac version, but it’s super lightweight, fast, and still has a lot of convenient features like automatic port forwarding, speed limiting, scheduling, and a handy web UI for when you aren’t near your computer (or, if you’re more a fan of SSH, command-line support). [Download]

[Install the Internet/Communication pack in Ubuntu] (Thunderbird, Pidgin, Skype)

Media

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Best Linux DownloadsFlash Player: It’s never run quite as well on Linux as on Windows or Mac (and it isn’t so great on those either), but until HTML5 really comes to fruition, it’s necessary for streaming video or using a lot of interactive web pages. Of course, you can keep it’s resource hogging at bay when necessary with FlashBlock for Chrome and FlashBlock for Firefox. [Download] [Install in Ubuntu]

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Best Linux DownloadsVLC: Media player VLC was voted the best desktop media player by you guys, and with good reason—not only does it play pretty much any file you throw at it, but it can rip DVDs, stream media to other computers, and even play YouTube videos (and much more). It’s a must-have application for anyone that watches video on their computer. [Download] [Install in Ubuntu]

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Best Linux DownloadsHandbrake: It doesn’t matter whether you’re throwing some video on your mobile device or ripping that Blu-Ray disc to your media center, open source Handbrake is one of the best video encoders around. Unfortunately, the latest version of Handbrake doesn’t work with the new version of GNOME, and the Handbrake team has yet to catch up, but you can install some (likely less stable) snapshots using this method. [Main Site]

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Best Linux DownloadsGIMP: Ubuntu recently dropped GIMP, the open-source, full-fledged image editor from its default installations, due to its size and complexity. The thinking went that most casual photo edits could be made with the F-Spot photo manager. Well, kind-of-sort-of-not-really. GIMP may have a dense number of options, but F-Spot’s photo handling and somewhat sparse options make it less than ideal for actual editing—cropping, lasso-grabbing, drop-shadowing, and the like. GIMP has its flaws, but it gets regular improvements, and you’ll be glad it’s there when you need it. [Download] [Install in Ubuntu]

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Best Linux DownloadsRhythmbox: Music players are a very personal thing—that’s why there are so many, after all. We can see why Linux users would variously love them some Banshee, Exaile, or even Songbird, discontinued for Linux development but living on in the Nightingale project. But when it comes down to what loads, syncs, and plays your music, offers extensibility, and fits nicely into a GNOME/Ubuntu desktop, we have to go with the default Rhythmbox. Beyond basic functionality, Rhythmbox now has a very nice built-in music store, one that automatically syncs your purchases to a free Ubuntu One cloud service. Like iTunes for Mac, it’s not a perfect product, but it probably works for the widest number of uses. [Download]

[Install the Media pack in Ubuntu] (Flash, VLC, GIMP)

Utilities

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Best Linux DownloadsDropbox: If you have more than one computer (or tend to use other computers often), Dropbox is a must-have. It adds a Dropbox folder to your user folder, which will be constantly synced to Dropbox’s servers. Thus, any files you add to this folder (or folders you link to it) will be synced to your Dropbox folder on other computers, as well as be accessible from the web. Nowadays, most smartphone platforms also have a Dropbox client from which you can download your files, so it’s pretty useful for pretty much anyone with files to access, among its many other clever uses. [Download]

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Best Linux DownloadsConky: Much like the more publicized Mac favorite GeekTool, Conky is a super customizable system monitor for your computer. Not only can you put system stats such as CPU, memory, and network stats on your desktop, but you can even add weather updates and mail checkers. It’s a great way to stay productive while keeping track of everything going on behind the scenes. [Download] [Install in Ubuntu]

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Best Linux DownloadsWine: Despite your best efforts, chances are you’ll still need to run a few Windows applications from time to time. One of the best ways to do so in Linux is Wine, a compatibility layer that offers support for a number of Windows applications. What’s great about Wine is that it lets you run these apps in your regular window manager as if they were Linux apps, and doesn’t suck up a ton of resources like a virtual machine. However, not all programs work with Wine, but for the ones that do, it’s usually the optimal solution. [Download] [Install in Ubuntu]

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Best Linux DownloadsVirtualBox: When Wine can’t run that Windows program you need, free virtualization software VirtualBox will. Since it’s a full Windows environment, it supports almost any Windows program, albeit at the cost of slowing down the rest of your system a bit. It’ll do the trick when you need it to, though, so it’s useful to have at the ready. Note: the download version from VirtualBox offers a few benefits (like USB device handling) over the open-source version installed via Ubuntu. [Download] [Install in Ubuntu]

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Best Linux DownloadsTilda or Yakuake: As modern and user-friendly as Linux has come from its roots (and, believe it or not, that’s a very long way), many users will still need access to a terminal. Tilda and Yakuake are snappy, drop-down terminals inspired by first-person shooter games that you will grow to love. They’re both customizable in shape, size, and appearance, and save you the trouble of having to switch windows when you just want to fire off a quick command or two. Yakuake is built for KDE, and has the edge on looks and sleekness; Tilda’s a bit more utilitarian, but doesn’t require installing extra libraries. [Download: Tilda, Yakuake] [Install Tilda in Ubuntu] [Install Yakuake in Ubuntu]

p7zip: It’s basically 7-Zip for Linux. Install it, and you’ll be able to compress and de-compress pretty much any archive file around, including disk images, Mac OS packages, and the .rar and other segmented files found around the wild web. Best of all, you can just right-click on files to compress or de-compress them, if you don’t want to get your hands dirty in the terminal. [Download] [Install in Ubuntu]

[Install the Utilities pack in Ubuntu] (Conky, WINE, VirtualBox, Tilda, p7zip)

Optional (For Beginners)

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Best Linux DownloadsUbuntu Tweak: (Ubuntu only) It doesn’t do things by the Linux book, and some of the things it does to your system might make for a slightly messy situation if you go the upgrade route for the next Ubuntu release. But Ubuntu Tweak makes it really, really simple to do a lot of things Linux beginners are looking to do. Install popular third-party apps and plug-ins (from the app or its online app “store”), make system configuration tweaks that would otherwise require terminal editing, clear up disk space, configure the notoriously obtuse Compiz 3D graphics, and otherwise jump right into using and enjoying Ubuntu. [Download]


Want the whole Lifehacker Pack for Linux in one click? Here’s a link for Ubuntu: [Install the entire Lifehacker Pack for Linux in Ubuntu]

And here’s a terminal command, for you old-school Linux types:

sudo apt-get install gnome-do gnome-office autokey thunderbird pidgin skype flashplugin-installer vlc gimp conky wine virtualbox-ose tilda p7zip

(Don’t worry if you’ve got some of these apps installed already—Ubuntu will ping you to let you know it’s already there, then move on).

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Awesome Sci-Fi Inventions

Awesome Sci-Fi Inventions (That Would Actually Suck)

 

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Here’s five inventions that will be available some day … even if nobody wants them.

#5.Flying Cars

As seen in:
Blade Runner, The Fifth Element, Back to the Future II, Futurama, The Jetsons … it’s actually kind of difficult to list sci-fi that doesn’t feature some variation of the flying car.

Why we thought we wanted them:
First, we don’t mean some kind of sissy half-plane, half-car hybrid that some people will try to tell you is a flying car. No, we mean real, float off the ground, how the crap is that happening, Jetsons sort of flying cars. Admit it, when you were 7 years old, there were only two things you were sure of: Transformers fucking rule, and the future would be full of flying goddamn cars.

Of course, once you learned to drive you wanted one even more. Every time you’re stuck in traffic, you can picture yourself flipping a switch and swooping into the sky, leaving those honking bastards behind. You’d fly straight to work, free as a bird.

Why we were wrong:
Well, guess what: They’re not gonna let you do that. People just flying wherever the fuck they want would be a death warrant for every radio tower and power line in the country.

No, you’d have to fly according to a wussified autopilot, along pre-set pathways. Air-roads, in other words. And, once everybody has a flying car … well, have you ever been driving to work in a city at around, oh, eight or nine in the morning? If so, you’ll know exactly how bad traffic can get during rush hour. Now, imagine if there was not just one layer of cars, but there was layer after layer of flying metal death traps over top and below you.

That’s not even the worst part. The many people who have tried to invent flying cars over are finding out that every single thing that’s bad with cars (cost, safety, etc) is made worse when you try to make the thing fly.

For instance, no matter what kind of engine they invent, a flying car will always burn more fuel than a regular car, especially on short trips (you burn a bunch of gas trying to overcome that gravity thing on takeoff).

Even worse, even a minor crash with another flying car could send both vehicles plummeting to the ground while you scream in terror. Imagine the poor guy on the ground, sitting there at a red light, as a flaming five car pile-up is hurdling down towards him from the sky. If you’re not scared yet, try to imagine what they’re going to charge you in insurance premiums as a result.

#4.
Jet Packs

As seen in:
The Jetsons (again), The Rocketeer, James Bond used one in Thunderball, Boba Fett… too many to count. If you’ve never heard about and/or purchased a toy featuring a jet pack, you are from the 1800s.

Why we thought we wanted them:
Because every single human wants the ability to fly, pretty much from birth. We’re talking the ability to fly, not ride in a thing that flies.

Why we were wrong:
We’re going to skip past the obvious point that the Rocketeer here would be left with charred stumps below the thigh, since that exhaust is coming out at around 2,000 degrees.

Modern jetpacks just use tanks of compressed gas that basically fart you into the air. If that sounds lame, you’re right. The prototypes they have now let you fly a whole 30 seconds

But let’s assume they overcome all that and make one that actually works. All those safety issues we have with the flying cars? You’ve got all that, only without a car around you to protect your fragile body. The only possible method of saving your ass when you crash/fall asleep/run out of fuel is probably a parachute, which means you’d need extensive training on how to land without impaling yourself on a tree branch.

The only alternative would have to be some kind of air bag that instantly inflates around you in an emergency, letting you bounce gently to safety while you involuntarily shout, “WHEEEE!!!” The problem with that, of course, is that we’d be intentionally crashing all the time just so they can do that happen.

#3.
Holodecks

As seen in:
Most people would know the holodeck as being an invention out of the Star Trek series, but they probably took the idea from a Ray Bradbury short story called The Veldt where a family has a holodeck that simulates an African veldt, and then are (predictably) eaten by virtual lions.

Why we thought we wanted it:
The holodeck is just big room, that can simulate any number of environments and/or experiences for the user, and can trick all five senses into believing that it’s real. You don’t have to hook anything up to your brain, you can walk in and out of it like any room. A room that happens to be full of ninjas and naked women and everything else you don’t have in your real life.

Why we were wrong:
Of course, we here at Cracked were too busy practicing Jujitsu and working on our dragsters to watch something as geeky as Star Trek, but we do know that the dangers of a holodeck were demonstrated in Episode 234 (“A Fistful of Datas”, aired November 9, 1992, Stardate 46271.5). This episode proved that if you get shot by a cowboy in the holodeck world, you really die.

Now, assuming the creators of the real holodeck are not completely retarded and they install something that makes it so the simulation cowboys do not shoot real bullets and that the veldt lions don’t really eat you (both of these would seem to be first-day considerations in the design phase), there is another problem.

Imagine how you’ll react if you’re in your holodeck and somebody interrupts you. Say, you’re halfway through your chess game with Darth Vader, when suddenly he disappears, Scarlett Johansson is no longer sitting in your lap, and pizza costs money again. You’d find the guy who turned off the machine and snap his damned neck. Dilbert creator Scott Adams jokingly points out in his book The Dilbert Future that the holodeck, “will be society’s last invention.” It’s no joke; once we had it, there’d be no reason to have anything else.

It’s not just that it would be addictive; it’s that it would literally fill every possible human emotional need and utterly eliminate all motivation to ever do anything ever. Everyone’s only goal would be to do just enough work to keep food and electricity coming into the holodeck, to keep those interruptions by reality to a minimum.

People would stop reproducing, your virtual Scarlett Johansson could have perfect virtual kids who’ll never wind up in jail or steal money from you to buy crack. If you get tired of them, tell the holodeck to blink them out of existence. If you’re saying that you’re a high-minded person who pursues spiritual goals and would never be sucked in by anything as crude as a simulation, hey, they’ve got a holodeck for you, too. You can sit down to dinner with Plato and Abe Lincoln and Gandhi and Jesus. If somebody yanked you out of that to go work at the post office all day, you’d barricade yourself in with a shotgun.

If aliens showed up to Earth 1,000 years later, they’d find an abandoned planet with ten billion mummified corpses laying on the floor of ten billion dusty holodecks, with huge smiles on their faces.

#2.
Teleporters

As seen in:
Star Trek, The Fly, countless video games.

Why we thought we wanted it:
Here’s a technology that’d make the flying car and the jetpack both look like that retarded Flintstones car you drive with your feet. We’re talking instant transport to anywhere, any time. You can live on the beach in Hawaii and live in New York. Sit there in the morning and sip coffee until about five seconds before the meeting is set to start, then step into your transport and there you are, in the conference room.

Why we were wrong:
Many later science fiction writers have declared that a device that can disassemble and reassemble a human molecule-by-molecule would be patently unsafe (the most famous and grotesque portrayal of a teleporter accident came, of course, in the film Spaceballs). But, even if they get the bugs worked out (what method of transportation is perfectly safe, after all?) there is a much larger and much weirder issue.

A teleporter wouldn’t actually break down your atoms and then shoot those same atoms thousands of miles through the air; even if it were possible, there’d be no reason to do it. It would instead just grab Hydrogen and Oxygen atoms from out of the air and assemble you out of those (one Hydrogen atom is the same as another, after all).

In other words, teleporters would work more like fax machines than mail. It transmits a signal and the machine on the other end spits out a copy. Only instead of a copy of a letter, it’s a copy of a person, right down to all their thoughts and memories and here the original is destroyed. This was demonstrated in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Episode 250 (“Second Chances”, aired May 24, 1993, Stardate 46915.2) where they failed to destroy the original Will Riker and were left with two of him.

Are you grasping the weirdness of this? The original is destroyed. That means when you step into a teleporter, you die. But, the rest of the world won’t know you died, because a copy of you will step out of the other end of the machine. It won’t be you, though, it’ll be another you that happens to share your memories. To the outside observer the thing will always work fine, and the thing that steps out of the receiving end will think it worked fine. The one person who knows it didn’t worked fine, can’t tell anyone because they fucking died via total atomization the moment they stepped into the machine.

So, the first time Captain Kirk used the teleportation device to beam down to an alien planet, he was basically resigning himself to an immediate death and hoping that his twin would carry out the mission for him.

#1.
Matter Replicators

As seen in:
Again, Star Trek

Why we thought we wanted it:
You’re hungry, and you don’t really feel like cooking or even going out to get something. Well no need to starve! This machine will replicate virtually any food that you can think of. Or, at least a series of foods that have previously been programmed into the machine.

Not just food, either. Anything. Need new batteries for your remote? Replicator. New pair of shoes? No problem. Forget your girlfriend’s birthday? Punch a button on the replicator and it’ll spit out a pair of flawless diamond earrings.

Why we were wrong:
Since it’s just assembling molecules, presumably it would be cheaper for this thing to make you a pair of diamond earrings than a hot dog, since fewer molecules and less energy would be required. It could print perfect counterfeit money. Hell, punch a button, and it’ll crank out a molecule-for-molecule replica of The Mona Lisa.

The bad news is, of course, it would eliminate your job. Your job, and all your friends’ jobs, and, well, almost everyone else’s. No need for farms or factories or stores. The only people who’d still be working are doctors and the people who make replicators. Oh, wait, you can just have a huge replicator that makes replicators. Nevermind.

It’s just as well, even if there were jobs, there would be no way to pay you. You could make bars of gold in your replicator. Yes, we’re talking about the utter collapse of the entire basis by which every society has ever existed on the planet.

The end of everything will come on the day when anyone can make anything. Except a flying car, those will still be useless.

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