History MundaneUtility / RealLife

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!
15th Jul '17 3:12:04 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.

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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 [=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.
15th Jul '17 3:11:27 PM SimYouLater
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*** Using the cellphone LED as a flashlight predates smartphones. Many old featurephones had that option programmed in by default.
* Many of the technological marvels and modern conveniences we make use of today stem from military research, the space program, or years of painstaking, backbreaking, scientific research. The best example may very well be food products like freezed dried food, and cheese (and other food products) in a tube, made to be used as food...IN SPACE!!! so that astronauts would be able to eat and digest without the zero G environment making them ill, are now available in the local supermarket.

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*** Using the cellphone LED [=LED=] as a flashlight predates smartphones. Many old featurephones had that option programmed in by default.
**** [[TechnologyMarchesOn Technology Comes Full Circle]]... What was once the realm of apps like iTorch is a standard function on both Android and [=iOS=] devices, even with [=CyanogenMod=] or Jailbreak, and is likely the same for phones running Windows 10.
* ...and speaking of, the entire concept of the smartphone! A portable computer in everyone's pocket, and 75% of the times it gets taken out of a pocket it's to look at the time.
** Smartwatches never took off because they're redundant, because the phone on it's own is cheaper and does so much more. The wristwatch is obsolete because it just tells time. The pocketwatch became obsolete because it had to be taken out of your pocket. So then why take out your phone? Because you take out a pocketwatch and it tells you the time. You take out a smartphone and ''the world'' is within reach.
** The compass? Smartphone. The map? Smartphone. GPS? Take a guess.
** Microphone, check. Digital camera, check. Video camera, check. Expensive but useful video-editing apps, check. You essentially have a ''news van'' in your pocket.
** All of known human history. Books. Photos. Radio. Music. Television. Mobile Games. Web Browser. Images. Social Media. Encyclopedias on ''every'' topic, [[TheWikiRule regardless of relevance to the world at large]]. Podcasts. Blogs. Homemade Videos, by the world for the world, via Streaming. ''Virtual Reality''. '''Augmented Reality'''. '''''[[http://pgslab.com/ Full PC Games]]'''''! Give it another 5 years and the face of personal computing will be unrecognizable thanks to high-performance mobile hardware components.
** 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!
* Many of the technological marvels and modern conveniences we make use of today stem from military research, the space program, or years of painstaking, backbreaking, scientific research. The best example may very well be food products like freezed dried freeze-dried food, and cheese (and other food products) in a tube, made to be used as food...IN SPACE!!! so that astronauts would be able to eat and digest without the zero G environment making them ill, are now available in the local supermarket.



* Being made out of ethanol, American sailors used to make booze out of torpedo fuel, calling it 'jungle juice.' They started using all kinds of nasty additives in it, because it became an actual issue.

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* Being made out of ethanol, American sailors used to make booze out of torpedo fuel, calling it 'jungle juice.' They The military then started using all kinds of nasty additives in it, because it specifically ''because it became an actual issue.issue''.



** 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.



** In the Philippines' army, standard issue American KA-BAR fighting knives are demoted from utility knife to a mere eating utensil/extra knife. The reason? KA-BAR knives are too small for jungle use and Filipinos throughout centuries have been used to the idea that a knife ought to be the length of one's forearm and can cut (with a single blow) through bamboo, tree branches, spinal columns...

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** In the Philippines' army, standard issue American KA-BAR fighting knives are demoted from utility knife to a mere eating utensil/extra knife. The reason? KA-BAR knives are too small for jungle use and Filipinos throughout centuries have been used to the idea that a knife "knife" ought to be the length of one's forearm and can cut (with a single blow) through bamboo, tree branches, spinal columns...columns... in other words, a Machette to us is a fighting knife to them, and a fighting knife to us is an expensive table knife that has the added bonus of being fairly dangerous to a foe.



* The PR-2 from Willow Garage--one of the first commercial robots built for the sake of building a robot (all that Google money has to go somewhere, right?) Design specifications? Fetches a beer and makes a sandwich. Other known uses include: making cookies, folding laundry. All for the low, low price of ... $400,000.00.

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* The PR-2 from Willow Garage--one of the first commercial robots built for the sake of building a robot (all that Google money has to go somewhere, right?) Design specifications? Fetches a beer and makes a sandwich. Other known uses include: making cookies, folding laundry. All for the low, low price of ...of... $400,000.00.00?!
** ...but falling! Seriously, they're now thinking that robot arm butlers and maids will be a standard thing in less than 20 years.



* Much of military defense research ends up being used primarily for this INSTEAD of for violence and destruction. During the middle twentieth century considerable research was done into not only Lasers (Light Amplification through Stimulated Emission of Radiation), but also Masers (Microwave Amplication through Stimulated Emission of Radiation). Both weapons turned out to be impractical owing to the power consumption requirements. But lasers have found their way into almost every industry, while masers can be found in almost every home in the first world. Ever hear the history of the microwave oven? The key part is the magnetron which is used in radar. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percy_Spencer Percy Spencer]] discovered radar could melt [[BunnyEarsLawyer the chocolate bars in his pocket]] and then started to use it for all his cooking needs.

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* Much of military defense research ends up being used primarily for this INSTEAD of for violence and destruction. During the middle twentieth century considerable research was done into not only Lasers (Light Amplification through Stimulated Emission of Radiation), but also Masers (Microwave Amplication through Stimulated Emission of Radiation). Both weapons turned out to be impractical owing to the power consumption requirements. But lasers have found their way into almost every industry, while masers can be found in almost every home in the first developed world. Ever hear the history of the microwave oven? The key part is the magnetron which is used in radar. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percy_Spencer Percy Spencer]] discovered radar could melt [[BunnyEarsLawyer the chocolate bars in his pocket]] and then started to use it for all his cooking needs.



* Modern super cruise ships are some of the most expensive and well fitted out ships that set sail today within the civilian sector. You can also use them a a floating hotel in a pinch. This is actually quite popular for port cities during big events. Sure you could subsidize hotels so you have enough for that one spike in demand once a year, or you could just allocate dock space for a bunch of cruise ships for a week or so.

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* Modern super cruise ships are some of the most expensive and well fitted out ships that set sail today within the civilian sector. You can also use them a as a floating hotel in a pinch. This is actually quite popular for port cities during big events. Sure you could subsidize hotels so you have enough for that one spike in demand once a year, or you could just allocate dock space for a bunch of cruise ships for a week or so.
13th Jul '17 6:37:32 AM LentilSandEater
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* American sailors used to make booze out of torpedo fuel, calling it 'jungle juice.'
** It's not a case of "make" but outright "was". Torpedo fuel was ethanol. Booze. They started using all kinds of nasty additives in it, because it became an actual issue.

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* Being made out of ethanol, American sailors used to make booze out of torpedo fuel, calling it 'jungle juice.'
** It's not a case of "make" but outright "was". Torpedo fuel was ethanol. Booze.
' They started using all kinds of nasty additives in it, because it became an actual issue.
8th Jul '17 9:29:24 AM nombretomado
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* According to TheOtherWiki, Old Faithful was frequently used by soldiers in the late 1800s to do their laundry.

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* According to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, Old Faithful was frequently used by soldiers in the late 1800s to do their laundry.
8th Jul '17 9:28:08 AM nombretomado
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** Police officers do the same thing, although their less imposing cruisers are less extrusive than fire trucks. [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e9/OMON.jpg Here's a picture]] from TheOtherWiki of some Russian OMON officers perusing the aisles.

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** Police officers do the same thing, although their less imposing cruisers are less extrusive than fire trucks. [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e9/OMON.jpg Here's a picture]] from TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki of some Russian OMON officers perusing the aisles.
4th Jun '17 10:37:38 AM nombretomado
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** Unfortunately, it isn't always a bed of roses, as the Irkutsk disaster of 1984 has shown -- an overworked Air Traffic Controller messed up and directed an incoming liner to land on the runway that was being cleaned. Because the snowblowers mounted large tanks of jet fuel, the resulting explosion and fire got much larger than it would've otherwise been, killing everyone aground and most aboard. Beause the cockpit got torn from the body of the plane and thrown away from explosion, the pilots survived, and the Captain reportedly had to be restrained from shooting the ATC on the spot.[[note]]The Soviet Union suffered the surge in plane hijackings at the time, so the pilots were armed to protect themselves.[[/note]]
* Considering many of the recent advances of the last few decades have been made with computers, and just how much technology has come about through computers, not to mention just how much of society is automated and made easier by computers, why are you using yours just to read TVTropes?

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** Unfortunately, it isn't always a bed of roses, as the Irkutsk disaster of 1984 has shown -- an overworked Air Traffic Controller messed up and directed an incoming liner to land on the runway that was being cleaned. Because the snowblowers mounted large tanks of jet fuel, the resulting explosion and fire got much larger than it would've otherwise been, killing everyone aground and most aboard. Beause Because the cockpit got torn from the body of the plane and thrown away from explosion, the pilots survived, and the Captain reportedly had to be restrained from shooting the ATC on the spot.[[note]]The Soviet Union suffered the surge in plane hijackings at the time, so the pilots were armed to protect themselves.[[/note]]
* Considering many of the recent advances of the last few decades have been made with computers, and just how much technology has come about through computers, not to mention just how much of society is automated and made easier by computers, why are you using yours just to read TVTropes?Wiki/TVTropes?
27th May '17 1:56:33 PM nombretomado
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* The BLU-82, also known as the "daisy cutter", was an 15,000 pound conventional explosive dropped from a C-130 or MC-130. It's one of the largest explosives ever created, with an estimated blast radius of about 300 to 900 feet. It's intended purpose was to clear large areas of forest, such as the jungles of [[VietnamWar Vietnam]] for helicopter landing zones and artillery positions faster than could be done by hand or with heavy clearing equipment like bulldozers. Though, to be fair, it did not take people very long to realize how good of a conventional bomb it made.

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* The BLU-82, also known as the "daisy cutter", was an 15,000 pound conventional explosive dropped from a C-130 or MC-130. It's one of the largest explosives ever created, with an estimated blast radius of about 300 to 900 feet. It's intended purpose was to clear large areas of forest, such as the jungles of [[VietnamWar [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam]] for helicopter landing zones and artillery positions faster than could be done by hand or with heavy clearing equipment like bulldozers. Though, to be fair, it did not take people very long to realize how good of a conventional bomb it made.
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