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5th Feb '16 9:46:11 PM jormis29
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* Parodied in ''That '80s Show'', where at one point (and heavily used in the commercials) one of the characters is in a bar, yelling into a big gray brick "Guess what? I'm calling on a portable phone! No not a pay phone, a ''portable phone''!" While cell phones were obviously not the ubiquitous devices they are now, they weren't mysterious space-gadgets and most folks would at least understand the concept.
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* Parodied in ''That '80s Show'', ''Series/That80sShow'', where at one point (and heavily used in the commercials) one of the characters is in a bar, yelling into a big gray brick "Guess what? I'm calling on a portable phone! No not a pay phone, a ''portable phone''!" While cell phones were obviously not the ubiquitous devices they are now, they weren't mysterious space-gadgets and most folks would at least understand the concept.
2nd Feb '16 1:26:35 PM Nentuaby
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* The famous quote from ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' that humans are so primitive "they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea." Funny in the late '70s, rather on-the-nose now.
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* The famous quote from ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' that humans are so primitive "they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea." Funny in the late '70s, a bit baffling by the early 90s (they had marched on from being impractical high-tech gadgets to a commonplace item nobody would call "neat"), rather on-the-nose now.
21st Jan '16 5:04:05 PM falcon2484
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** In the short story "Graveyard Shift" (contained in Crator/StephenKing's ''Literature/NightShift'' collection), King illustrates the large size of a rat by writing that it had a tail "as thick as a telephone cord." The phrase was written in 1969-70, when the cord that connected a phone to a wall outlet was about the thickness of a telephone ''cable''. Today's readers are likely to say either "So what?" (as the cord that plugs a phone into a wall is considerably thinner) or "A 'telephone whaaaa'?"
9th Jan '16 8:29:36 AM DesertDragon
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* In ''Film/ToWongFooThanksForEverythingJulieNewmar'', it's a big deal when Vida tosses their road map after a bad encounter with her parents early in the trip. Chi-Chi wonders how they'll get to LA, and when their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, they have no idea where in [[FlyoverCountry "Gay Hell"]] they are. Had the movie been more contemporary, the queens would have had smartphones with Google Maps or a standalone GPS in the car.
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* In ''Film/ToWongFooThanksForEverythingJulieNewmar'', a RoadTrip movie about a trio of {{drag queen}}s, it's a big deal when Vida tosses their road map after a bad encounter with her parents early in the trip. Chi-Chi wonders how they'll get to LA, LA without it, and when their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, they have no idea where in [[FlyoverCountry "Gay Hell"]] they are. Had the movie been more contemporary, the queens would have had smartphones with Google Maps or a standalone GPS in the car.
8th Jan '16 5:33:38 PM KingClark
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** On the one hand, hive cities easily reach populations in the billions, but the reason they exist is that they're the only habitable ([[NoOSHACompliance sorta]]) places on the planet (usually a DeathWorld, in desert, an ocean, or so polluted and/or radioactive even bionic systems only last a few minutes variants), so a planet of ten billion people has them in three or four hives. These get pretty much all their food from off-planets, with other worlds entirely devoted to agricultural production (using both mind-bogglingly advanced machinery and manual labor techniques medieval peasants would have laughed at.
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** On the one hand, hive cities easily reach populations in the billions, but the reason they exist is that they're the only habitable ([[NoOSHACompliance sorta]]) places on the planet (usually a DeathWorld, in desert, an ocean, or so polluted and/or radioactive even bionic systems only last a few minutes variants), so a planet of ten billion people has them in three or four hives. These get pretty much all their food from off-planets, with other worlds entirely devoted to agricultural production (using both mind-bogglingly advanced machinery and manual labor techniques medieval peasants would have laughed at.at).
6th Jan '16 1:57:44 PM FF32
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* ''LANoire'' requires the player to call up dispatch on various phones, often using the witness or suspect's house phone without asking permission, in order to research names and information. The speed with which the clerk finds such information [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality matches the speed of a Google search, however.]]
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* ''LANoire'' ''VideoGame/LANoire'' requires the player to call up dispatch on various phones, often using the witness or suspect's house phone without asking permission, in order to research names and information. The speed with which the clerk finds such information [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality matches the speed of a Google search, however.]]
29th Dec '15 6:26:44 AM zerohelix
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* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', where a new invention has rendered cell phones obsolete, and people does no longer need to carry them to all places. This incredible invention of the year 3010? Phone booths!
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* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', where a new invention has rendered cell phones obsolete, and people does no longer need to carry them to all places. This incredible invention of the year 3010? Phone booths!
29th Dec '15 6:21:09 AM zerohelix
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As far as that last point is concerned, remember that there have been spectacular technological leaps in just the past twenty years -- within the lifetimes of many (read: most) Tropers, in fact![[note]]And if you haven't experienced it yet, don't worry. The first time will hit you completely by surprise sometime within the next five years.[[/note]] For the most part, once a technology is invented, it tends to develop at warp speed. Remember, it took only about 65 years (1903-1969) to go from one rickety plane barely able to get off the ground to putting a man on the MOON! So this can lead to some odd moments for those who grew up watching certain things go from "absolutely essential" to "taking up space in your basement".
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As far as that last point is concerned, remember that there have been spectacular technological leaps in just the past twenty years -- within the lifetimes of many (read: most) Tropers, in fact![[note]]And fact! [[note]]And if you haven't experienced it yet, don't worry. The first time will hit you completely by surprise sometime within the next five years.[[/note]] For the most part, once a technology is invented, it tends to develop at warp speed. Remember, it took only about 65 years (1903-1969) to go from one rickety plane barely able to get off the ground to putting a man on the MOON! So this can lead to some odd moments for those who grew up watching certain things go from "absolutely essential" to "taking up space in your basement".

There was a time when these specifications would be mockingly contrasted with a modern counterpart. However, technology has moved on so far and so fast that Chandler's computer is now unimaginably primitive; these days, even a ''low-end'' smartphone is several times more powerful than that in every way, while fitting in the user's pocket and costing considerably less than he would have spent. Because of this, most writers nowadays don't get too specific about computer performance, to avoid sounding dated before long.
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There was a time when these specifications would be mockingly contrasted with a then modern counterpart. However, technology has moved on so far and so fast that Chandler's computer is now unimaginably primitive; these days, even a ''low-end'' smartphone is several times more powerful than that in every way, while fitting in the user's pocket and costing considerably less than he would have spent. Because of this, most writers nowadays don't get too specific about computer performance, to avoid sounding dated before long.
21st Dec '15 1:11:40 PM LentilSandEater
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Not lampshading
* Lampshaded twice in the first ''Film/BackToTheFuture''. First, when Marty dines with his future maternal family in 1955, Lorraine asks whether his family owns a television set, to which Marty says "Yeah, you know we have two of 'em...", making her younger brother say "Wow, you must be rich!", to which their mother says "Oh, honey, he's just teasing you. Nobody owns two television sets!"
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* Lampshaded twice in the first ''Film/BackToTheFuture''. ''Film/BackToTheFuture'': ** First, when Marty dines with his future maternal family in 1955, Lorraine asks whether his family owns a television set, to which Marty says "Yeah, you know we have two of 'em...", making her younger brother say "Wow, you must be rich!", to which their mother says "Oh, honey, he's just teasing you. Nobody owns two television sets!"
21st Dec '15 1:09:17 PM LentilSandEater
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** Of course a cell phone or pager can easily be traced to its source, making figuring out who Batman is a pretty trivial challenge for a goverment agency that choose to. The Bat Signal isn't traceable. For a vigilante, that gives a pretty big advantage. Of course, it's not that hard to use private e-mails to get a decent degree of privacy, and use of third party out-of-the-US privacy brokers could make an e-mail about as untraceable as the Bat Signal and still more convenient.
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