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yes i am 3 15.79%
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are you a luddite?

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Re: are you a luddite?

I suppose by definition if you're posting on a forum you're unlikely to be, unless you're Hoygaard of course
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Re: are you a luddite?

don't think a luddite would be on the net
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Re: are you a luddite?

It depends.

For fun I drive a 30-year-old car with no air conditioning, no ABS, no power steering, and no electric windows, doors, etc. I once joking told a very tech-compulsive colleague that I bought it precisely because it doesn't have a computer in it.

I'm not a 19th century peasant laying waste to automated thrashing machines.

I believe technology has its place, but I don't seem to need as much technology as other people. I don't have a microwave (or see the need for one at all), a dishwasher, an MP3 player, a cell phone, the latest computer, a PDA, and a host of other things I'm probably forgetting of at the moment.

On the other hand, washings machines and driers are good things. So are refrigerators and stoves and ovens, but I don't need them to be hooked up to the Internet with bar-code readers and computerized brains that shop for me when my supplies are low or give me menus based on the supplies I have in the 'fridge. That to me is not progress, but dumbing down the human brain and capacity to think and make decisions, and there's already of that kind of stuff around, as far as I'm concerned.

I think e-mail is a wonderful tool, but I like receiving (and sending) hand-written cards and letters. Exchanging ideas on an Internet forum is a nice diversion and sometimes provides a wonderful outlet for things that you would never say to the people in your lives, but it is no substitute for real life encounters.

So I guess that means is let me straddle the Luddite line.
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Re: are you a luddite?

Technology change is not the problem...rabid 'Godists' are the real danger in and to any society.

Godist-someone who fervently and slavisly follows the dictates of a religion no matter how stupid the dictates of that religion are.
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Somehow I go a double post
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Re: are you a luddite?

That was God punishing you Stori.
A plague of emails, just like in Egypt that time
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Re: are you a luddite?

Definitely NOT.
I am a technology junkie
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Re: are you a luddite?

I have been told that I live in the past , just trying to ascertain which century
What concerns me is that as a race does our "progression" in all it's glorious facets benefit us and the rest of the creatures on the planet?
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Re: are you a luddite?

All of you are!!!

You still use combustion engines for propulsion, instead of electro-magnetic field and time displacement drives.

You still use computers, rather than storing as much information in the 85% of the brain you don't use.

You use phones instead of developing ESP to comminicate

You still have not progressed beyond the solar system.

You still have poverty, crime and war...

Need I go on, the Human race is a backward, lemming like creature, that lives on a planet as a virus.....







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That was God punishing you Stori.
A plague of emails, just like in Egypt that time
You mean a plague of Spam
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All of you are!!!

You still use combustion engines for propulsion, instead of electro-magnetic field and time displacement drives.

You still use computers, rather than storing as much information in the 85% of the brain you don't use.

You use phones instead of developing ESP to comminicate

You still have not progressed beyond the solar system.

You still have poverty, crime and war...

Need I go on, the Human race is a backward, lemming like creature, that lives on a planet as a virus.....







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No - it's not that we won't do those things; we can't do those things. That doens't qualify us a luddites.
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Re: are you a luddite?

I'm not a luddite, but one thing I do not do is blindly upgrade software for the sake of it.

Adobe Creative Suite 2 came out shortly after I bought Creative Suite 1. I don't see that the new one has any features I particularly need although I'm going to have to upgrade soon as I need to be able to receive files from people who have done the upgrade. I also don't see the need to upgrade to Tiger, I'm perfectly happy with Panther. It doesn't mean I won't consider upgrades, but they need to be beneficial.

Unfortunately most people just have to have the latest thing, thereby meaning the rest of us have to follow suit sooner than we'd like and keep the software companies rewarded for producing buggy, rushed to market software.

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Re: are you a luddite?

I'm not a luddite in the normal sense.
Is hard to develop bleeding edge meta-middleware software technology if you are a fully fledged luddite I guess (my day job).

As I get older though I find I am becoming much more aware of the drawnbacks of certain technology and am at least critically analysing whether something would really be a good thing.

I like lots of aspects of technology that impact our daily lives, for example the fact that I can browse AO on my PDA while waiting for my wife to come out of the changing room when shopping

Other interupt based technologies like instant messaging and IRC, I tend to use more selectively and with more apprehension.
I recently read that some study stated that the interrupt driven nature of e-mails reduced peoples effective IQs by approx 10 points!
..basically because they never were getting into "deep thought" mode where genuinely creative work is done by the brain.
I'm sure these people can be rehabilitated over time

Agree with Toronto about internet fridges etc.
Just because we can do certain things, doesn't mean that we should do them.
..and this is a topic that will become increasingly important as science makes increasingly rapid strides and new developments that could change our social fabric will potentially become commonplace.

I guess I'm a selective technophile,

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Re: are you a luddite?

Yes I am - I refuse to touch anything that requires mains electricity, as they are the spawn of the Devil.

I am currently writing this post using a quill pen on parchment, which I will then pass to my assistant, who will transcribe in on their "Personal Computer" to post it on the "Internet".

They will then write out any replies to my posts, in long-hand, on a piece of paper, so that I can keep up with the forum.









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Re: are you a luddite?

I'm with Tor... I'll have electric windows now (got used to them) but otherwise a rev-counter and an oil-pressure gauge will do for me.

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Yes I am - I refuse to touch anything that requires mains electricity, as they are the spawn of the Devil.

I am currently writing this post using a quill pen on parchment, which I will then pass to my assistant, who will transcribe in on their "Personal Computer" to post it on the "Internet".

They will then write out any replies to my posts, in long-hand, on a piece of paper, so that I can keep up with the forum.

Thank God for that! And here was me thinking I was the only one!









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Re: are you a luddite?

Nope, I like gadgets
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Nope !!
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Rather dull history lesson: did you know that Ned Ludd was probably a fictional character, his name first appeared in threatening letters to stocking factory owners in Nottingham in the early C19, they were signed ''from General Ned Ludd and his Army of Redressers''. The name Ned Ludd is believed to have been borrowed iirc from a farm labourer.

From Nottingham the machine-smashing quickly spread to the North West of England, leading to the introduction by the government of the wonderfully titled ''Frame Breaking Act'' (punishable by death).

The first cotton mill, (which is the industry that we always associate with machine-smashing) to suffer the fate was in Stockport.

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Re: are you a luddite?

If I am then a lot of people will be in trouble
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Rather dull history lesson: did you know that Ned Ludd was probably a fictional character, his name first appeared in threatening letters to stocking factory owners in Nottingham in the early C19, they were signed ''from General Ned Ludd and his Army of Redressers''. The name Ned Ludd is believed to have been borrowed iirc from a farm labourer.
From Nottingham the machine-smashing quickly spread to the North West of England, leading to the introduction by the government of the wonderfully titled ''Frame Breaking Act'' (punishable by death).
The first cotton mill, (which is the industry that we always associate with machine-smashing) to suffer the fate was in Stockport.
I knew that Social History degree would come in useful one day
I didn't know that, thanks dude !!
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Didn't vote, not sure, got some Lowry prints though. Lowerey?
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