March 23rd, 2007

Evil.  It's the new Good.

Another stupid idea

Tomorrow is 'Shutdown day'. Basically another idiotic 'day' concept where the organizers want people to turn off their PCs for a day, just because. I absolutely loathe dip shit concepts like this. It means nothing, It proves nothing. It is the kind of idea someone comes up with while baked off their ass. Is there anyone who *cannot* go without a computer for a day? I'm an IT Director, a major geek, and a heavy computer user - and I went five days without using a PC (I'm loathe to say 'computer' because a lot of things are computers at heart, like an ATM) while I was on vacation a couple of weeks ago, without any trouble. I've gone for longer without using on in the past on other trips, at least two weeks running - and no cell phone or any tech on that trip (I was on a sailboat). Sometimes I just don't login at all on a Saturday or Sunday, or an entire weekend. The world doesn't end.

It is obvious that people would find life extremely difficult without computers, maybe even impossible. If they disappeared for just one day, would we be able to cope? No, in fact, many of us would die. Have you ever seen the first episode of Connections? Modern society cannot function without the tools we use to maintain it, and most of those tools involve computers now. If 'they disappeared for just one day' most of modern society would collapse - power grids, water treatment, phone networks, fuel distribution, air traffic control, aircraft themselves, banking networks, etc. It would be worse than any of the big blackouts, because at least critical systems tend to have backup power and effects are regional. If all computers magically vanished, the results would be far, far worse. Even if just for one day. Be a part of one of the biggest global experiments ever to take place on the internet. BULLSHIT. I see 55,911 people current signed up on the site, with another 9,116 who say they can't do it. I doubt it is even close to being one of the 'biggest global experiments'. And it is the Internet, proper noun. The idea behind the experiment is to find out how many people can go without a computer for one whole day, and what will happen if we all participate! The idea is pointless, and what will happen is - nothing of note. Shutdown your computer on this day and find out! Can you survive for 24 hours without your computer? You know what? If you can't survive 24 hours without a PC, get out of the gene pool. Please and thank you.
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