History MundaneUtility / RealLife

3rd Apr '18 7:41:47 PM FordPrefect
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** Same goes for Geothermic power. When people hear this word, they tend to think of '''harnessing the powers of a volcano!''' When you really get down to it, it's more or less sticking a giant cooking pot low enough into the earth so that it produces steam. For all it's uses, electricity is pretty mundane.

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** Same goes for Geothermic power. When people hear this word, they tend to think of '''harnessing the powers of a volcano!''' When you really get down to it, it's more or less sticking a giant cooking pot low enough into the earth so that it produces steam. For all it's its uses, electricity is pretty mundane.
3rd Apr '18 7:38:19 PM FordPrefect
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*** In 2001, the crew of a police helicopter in Alberqurque, NM [[http://articles.latimes.com/2001/oct/06/news/mn-54169/ used their aircraft]] to make a run down to [[DonutMessWithACop the just-opened Krispy Kreme]]. They were seriously reprimanded, but soon after, it made for overwhelmingly good publicity for both the donut shop and the APD.

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*** In 2001, the crew of a police helicopter in Alberqurque, Albuquerque, NM [[http://articles.latimes.com/2001/oct/06/news/mn-54169/ used their aircraft]] to make a run down to [[DonutMessWithACop the just-opened Krispy Kreme]]. They were seriously reprimanded, but soon after, it made for overwhelmingly good publicity for both the donut shop and the APD.
7th Mar '18 8:55:15 AM Trillium
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** During WWII Soviets used Katiusha missiles (without explosives, of course) to deliver orders and maps when radio silence was in effect.


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** Movement tracking technology used in making CGI for movies was originally developed for anti-missile defense.
29th Jan '18 8:13:11 PM nombretomado
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** The "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bnXIqlFiKg Big Wind]]" fire extinguisher literally blew out a lit oil well. The design? Two jet engines from a MiG-21 fighter jet sitting atop the body of a T-34 tank. And a few streams of water for good measure. Kill it with water!

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** The "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bnXIqlFiKg Big Wind]]" fire extinguisher literally blew out a lit oil well. The design? Two jet engines from a MiG-21 [=MiG=]-21 fighter jet sitting atop the body of a T-34 tank. And a few streams of water for good measure. Kill it with water!
28th Dec '17 7:56:13 AM TheDudeWhoAbides
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* An explosive ordinance disposal crew in Camp Victory would [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/05/AR2007050501009_2.html take their bomb disposal robot with them on fishing trips]], leaving the robot to hold the rod while they remained in the shade. [[CompanionCube The crew treated the robot like part of their family]], so they reasoned he earned vacations, too.

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* An explosive ordinance ordnance disposal crew in Camp Victory would [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/05/AR2007050501009_2.html take their bomb disposal robot with them on fishing trips]], leaving the robot to hold the rod while they remained in the shade. [[CompanionCube The crew treated the robot like part of their family]], so they reasoned he earned vacations, too.



** To be fair, Operation is a game that relies on ''very'' fine motor control - the name isn't just hyperbole. While surgery is [[CaptainObvious much more deadly]] than a game if danger occurs, if a surgical machine lets you play ''{{TabletopGame/Operation}}'' from thousands of miles away with similarly good results to being there in person, then your robotics research is probably on the right track; if said research has already panned out and is regularly used, the game makes a handy minimum benchmark took for maintenance; if it can't play a motor skills-based game remotely, then the machine or connection are likely in no condition to be doing real surgery until professional repairs are undertaken.

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** To be fair, Operation is a game that relies on ''very'' fine motor control - the name isn't just hyperbole. While surgery is [[CaptainObvious much more deadly]] than a game if danger occurs, if a surgical machine lets you play ''{{TabletopGame/Operation}}'' from thousands of miles away with similarly good results to being there in person, then your robotics research is probably on the right track; if said research has already panned out and is regularly used, the game makes a handy minimum benchmark took tool for maintenance; if it can't play a motor skills-based game remotely, then the machine or connection are likely in no condition to be doing real surgery until professional repairs are undertaken.
23rd Dec '17 1:44:48 AM Qube
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** To be fair, Operation is a game that relies on ''very'' fine motor control - the name isn't just hyperbole. While surgery is [[CaptainObvious much more deadly]] than a game if danger occurs, if a surgical machine lets you play ''{{Tabletop/Operation}}'' from thousands of miles away with similarly good results to being there in person, then your robotics research is probably on the right track; if said research has already panned out and is regularly used, the game makes a handy minimum benchmark took for maintenance; if it can't play a motor skills-based game remotely, then the machine or connection are likely in no condition to be doing real surgery until professional repairs are undertaken.

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** To be fair, Operation is a game that relies on ''very'' fine motor control - the name isn't just hyperbole. While surgery is [[CaptainObvious much more deadly]] than a game if danger occurs, if a surgical machine lets you play ''{{Tabletop/Operation}}'' ''{{TabletopGame/Operation}}'' from thousands of miles away with similarly good results to being there in person, then your robotics research is probably on the right track; if said research has already panned out and is regularly used, the game makes a handy minimum benchmark took for maintenance; if it can't play a motor skills-based game remotely, then the machine or connection are likely in no condition to be doing real surgery until professional repairs are undertaken.
23rd Dec '17 1:42:24 AM Qube
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** To be fair, Operation is a game that relies on ''very'' fine motor control - the name isn't just hyperbole. While surgery is [[CaptainObvious much more deadly]] than a game if danger occurs, if a surgical machine lets you play ''[[Tabletop/{{Operation}}]]'' from thousands of miles away with similarly good results to being there in person, then your robotics research is probably on the right track; if said research has already panned out and is regularly used, the game makes a handy minimum benchmark took for maintenance; if it can't play a motor skills-based game remotely, then the machine or connection are likely in no condition to be doing real surgery until professional repairs are undertaken.

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** To be fair, Operation is a game that relies on ''very'' fine motor control - the name isn't just hyperbole. While surgery is [[CaptainObvious much more deadly]] than a game if danger occurs, if a surgical machine lets you play ''[[Tabletop/{{Operation}}]]'' ''{{Tabletop/Operation}}'' from thousands of miles away with similarly good results to being there in person, then your robotics research is probably on the right track; if said research has already panned out and is regularly used, the game makes a handy minimum benchmark took for maintenance; if it can't play a motor skills-based game remotely, then the machine or connection are likely in no condition to be doing real surgery until professional repairs are undertaken.
26th Nov '17 5:56:45 PM nombretomado
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*** The [[IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles Israeli Defence Force]] had a problem with soldiers using the magazine lip of their weapons as a bottle opener, which damaged them. In response to this, the Galil ARM light machine gun incorporated a bottle opener in its design.

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*** The [[IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles [[UsefulNotes/IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles Israeli Defence Force]] had a problem with soldiers using the magazine lip of their weapons as a bottle opener, which damaged them. In response to this, the Galil ARM light machine gun incorporated a bottle opener in its design.
17th Aug '17 3:43:21 PM Romagnadvoratrelundar
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*** [[http://archive.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2011/01/23/mbtas_mattapan_line_relies_on_snowzilla_in_worst_weather/ It works for trains tracks too]].
15th Jul '17 4:43:21 PM SimYouLater
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** Even the double-edged sword of a portable phone is this. 1984 said we'd be required by law to have [=TVs=] with a two-way camera in our homes, so such laws were fought against. The 20th century dictatorships realized eliminating dissent through oppression was a logistical impossibility upon losing control, or closed all borders to exist in a cultural vaccuum untouched by any other influences. The fear of Y2K encouraged those who didn't need computers to have a total disconnect from a world that was increasingly dependent on then-unreliable tech. Yet the moment they offer cheap communication from anywhere to everywhere, the change was immediate; no intrusive laws, no widespread agents, no manual patches, just an inconspicuous tracker in everyone's pockets. Now we have them and they're too useful to give up. There's a [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeBureaucratized couple]] [[DystopiaIsHard reasons]] that [[CorruptPolitician laws against]] Net Neutrality and Privacy are put forward [[NoRestForTheWicked year after year]], only to be blocked by [[SlaveToPR public outcry]] and [[LaResistance online protests]], along with the IT Industry lobbying against the proposed laws because it's [[MoneyDearBoy bad for business]] in general [[NotInThisForYourRevolution at worst]] and genuinely concerned at best... but let's be honest, we're balancing on a knife edge and it's too late to put the Smartgenie back in its bottle. The only way forward is vigilance in the issue. All because of how much easier it is to use a portable computer as a cheap surveillance bug, a case of MundaneUtility among Intelligence organizations if there ever was one.
* Modern services providing Cloud Gaming; no, not simple game-streaming like [[UsefulNotes/OnLive]]. The new generation of cloud gaming sets up an entire virtual machine in a datacenter which you access with a login/streamer program or app, enabling you to play games the computer you're ''actually'' on can't. Of course, it does mean that you'll be using loads of bandwidth and it needs to be high speed. Just to play AAA titles where you're not supposed to be able to. Hope you've got a fiber connection!

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** Even the double-edged sword of a portable phone is this. 1984 said we'd be required by law to have [=TVs=] with a two-way camera in our homes, so such laws were fought against. The 20th century dictatorships realized eliminating dissent through oppression was a logistical impossibility upon losing control, or closed all borders to exist in a cultural vaccuum untouched by any other influences. The fear of Y2K encouraged those who didn't need computers to have a total disconnect from a world that was increasingly dependent on then-unreliable tech. Yet the moment they offer cheap communication from anywhere to everywhere, the change was immediate; no intrusive laws, no widespread agents, no manual patches, just an inconspicuous tracker in everyone's pockets. Now we have them and they're too useful to give up. There's a [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeBureaucratized couple]] [[DystopiaIsHard reasons]] that [[CorruptPolitician laws against]] Net Neutrality and Privacy are put forward [[NoRestForTheWicked [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil year after year]], only to be blocked by [[SlaveToPR public outcry]] and [[LaResistance online protests]], along with the IT Industry lobbying against the proposed laws because it's [[MoneyDearBoy bad for business]] in general [[NotInThisForYourRevolution at worst]] and genuinely concerned at best... but let's be honest, we're balancing on a knife edge and it's too late to put the Smartgenie back in its bottle. The only way forward is vigilance in the issue. All because of how much easier it is to use a portable computer as a cheap surveillance bug, a case of MundaneUtility among Intelligence organizations if there ever was one.
* Modern services providing Cloud Gaming; no, not simple game-streaming like [[UsefulNotes/OnLive]].[[CloudGaming OnLive]]. The new generation of cloud gaming sets up an entire virtual machine in a datacenter which you access with a login/streamer program or app, enabling you to play games the computer you're ''actually'' on can't. Of course, it does mean that you'll be using loads of bandwidth and it needs to be high speed. Just to play AAA titles where you're not supposed to be able to. Hope you've got a fiber connection!
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