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Warrior
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Originally written by Eagle, the author soul:

Hackers created the web...Crackers stole your credit card number, your forum account and your passwords.
I see much irony in this statement. Those who steal credit card numbers are often poor white trash. And Al Gore is a hacker, apparently. :D .

But on a more serious note, Technology and its various branches can become extremely convoluted. Such is the natural way of advancement.

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Originally written by VCH:

Shades of yellow nothing more ^. BTW the best thing about the Internet is, how it's killed the library. I for one have never used a book to do a report or any research. The sooner schools eliminate libraries the better. If it's not online it doesn't exist.
The fact that you have "datz" as a synonym for "that's" in your signature leads me to believe that you don't have any respect for literature, regardless from whence you get it.

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Master
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Well, most papers I do for school have to have at least one source from a book in the bibliography. :mad: I don't like bibliographies anyway. So many "correct" ways to do them. :P

Besides that, books are good for stories, especially fiction. I'd much rather read a story in a book that stare at the computer screen for hours instead. That, and it doesn't take a thousand-dollar laptop to carry your book around.

Even non-fiction is better that way, mostly because of the portability thing and the amount of information they can pack into a lightweight collection of ordered paper.

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Electric Sheep One
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quote:
Originally written by VCH:

the best thing about the Internet is, how it's killed the library. I for one have never used a book to do a report or any research. ... If it's not online it doesn't exist.
Yup. My scientific field is one that has had a resurgence after recent experimental progress, but has a long theoretical history. So sometimes I have to cite papers from as long ago as the 1940s. This is horrible, to have to trudge over to another building and pore through ancient tomes of bound journals, to track down an old reference. Fortunately many scientific journals are now enlightened enough to have scanned all their old volumes into their online archives. Physics journals will be entirely electronic very soon. Already, it is the electronic form of Physical Review that is authoritative, with paper versions issued periodically for no good reason.

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Guardian
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Originally written by You should vote Wise Man:

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Originally written by Arctic:

...pron.
We all know that is the truth.

Word.

...although for me it would be the availability of files in general, with music files being the greatest asset.

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Stughalf

"Delusion arises from anger. The mind is bewildered by delusion. Reasoning is destroyed when the mind is bewildered. One falls down when reasoning is destroyed."- The Bhagavad Gita.
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The best thing about the internet is up to the minute and insane news. :P First you go to CNN and Yahoo news, then you follow it up with Fortean Times and Snopes. Yay !

Libraries will adapt or die. Now you can get books, dvds, comic books, audiobooks, ebooks, mp3 audio books, and internet access at a properly diversified library...

[ Tuesday, June 28, 2005 10:33: Message edited by: I'll Steal Your Toast ]

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Shock Trooper
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In future, we will be able to put libraries in our pockets.
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Moving libraries to the internet probably won't work so well, unless they make the eBooks in a format that cannot be copied and deletes itself after a certain time period, since eBooks can't be controlled as well as paper books. However, there are already several good free eBook websites that have many good books. My favorite is http://www.memoware.com/ .

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Posts: 258 | Registered: Wednesday, March 9 2005 08:00
Law Bringer
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Since libraries are supposed to give out free books I don't see why they'd object. It's not as though they can't give out more copies if you don't return your ebook. Pocket libraries are already technologically possible.

Commercial publishers would object to having their works available as free ebooks, though. Watermarks and DRM on PDFs provides enough security for many publishers to feel secure with ebooks in that form, though. Just go on Amazon and browse around. You'll find many ebooks.

—Alorael, who doesn't think the commercial ebooks and ebooks libraries will merge a moment before the world becomes one great money-free socialist utopia.
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I don't know about everyone else, but I actually would prefer reading a book that an eBook. But I suppose as future urbanization calls for an increased rationing of paper resources, etc., pretty much all information will be electronical, and yeah, people will carry portable Internet and Library of Congress devices in their pockets.

If you want to know something, click here. And it's not a link to Google. :P

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Law Bringer
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quote:
Originally written by Multiple Monikers:

Moving libraries to the internet probably won't work so well, unless they make the eBooks in a format that cannot be copied and deletes itself after a certain time period, since eBooks can't be controlled as well as paper books.
All the better. Uncontrolled information will be a huge step forward anyway, and there is plenty of evidence that free electronic distribution does not substantially harm paperback sales. See The Baen Free Library.

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The best things about the internet are the freedom of information, the way it creates mindsets like the philosophy behind the GPL, and it's unmoderatable nature.

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Posts: 612 | Registered: Saturday, October 13 2001 07:00
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It also fools elementary school kids that cannabis is the nectar of gods and that Hitler was a good man. It tells them perhaps that the guilt was Eichman's or Göring's for the death of all innocent people (There were not only jews, there were sick, retarded, differently opinioned people and etcera.) from the time of Nazigermany.

EDIT: I admit I am exagerating and being cynical. I have not came over Nicole's death, yet.

[ Wednesday, June 29, 2005 06:13: Message edited by: Eagle, the author soul ]

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Posts: 437 | Registered: Friday, May 13 2005 07:00
Guardian
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Originally written by Eagle, the author soul:

It also fools elementary school kids that cannabis is the nectar of gods...
Is that any worse than the textbooks used in innumerable high school classrooms claiming that marijuana use often leads to psychosis and death? There is a need for some form of opposition to the undending stream of often absurd anti-weed propaganda spewed from all manner of seemingly reputable sources.

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It's better to refrain from using marijuana, however, at any rate.

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Guardian
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Originally written by ben III:

It's better to refrain from using marijuana, however, at any rate.
That's quite debatable. Some would argue that the health risks involved in the abuse of marijuana are outweighed by the enjoyment the user gets out of it. The same can be argued for drinking, and many other potentially destructive habits. Of course, most people wisely choose to draw the line at some point. The consequences of abusing cocaine, for example, are considerably more dire than those of smoking weed or drinking.

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Stughalf

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Law Bringer
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quote:
Originally written by Eagle, the author soul:

It also fools elementary school kids that cannabis is the nectar of gods and that Hitler was a good man. It tells them perhaps that the guilt was Eichman's or Göring's for the death of all innocent people (There were not only jews, there were sick, retarded, differently opinioned people and etcera.) from the time of Nazigermany.

EDIT: I admit I am exagerating and being cynical. I have not came over Nicole's death, yet.

Uncontrolled access to information should be given to those who are mature enough to view it critically. If elementary students are capable of that, there is no danger. If they are not, they should not be given access.

The danger lies in thinking the entire population consists of elementary students. It does not. Most people read critically.

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