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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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robotech_master From: robotech_master Date: March 24th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I know of at least one person who gave up the Internet for Lent. Not quite the same thing, of course.

Kind of reminds me of the people who try to organize Black Friday shopping boycotts, or don't-buy-any-gasoline day. Feh.
7threality From: 7threality Date: March 24th, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
That was my thought.

All the "show them who's boss, don't buy (whatever) on this day", which means they buy it the day before or day after, and it doesn't even show as a blip on the radar.

What they should have done was an international "go outside and do stuff while not using electronics to entertain yourself" day, which is hopefully what their intent was... of course, that doesn't exactly roll off the tongue.
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: March 24th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Don't forget to turn your webpage black to support free speech.

Or was that to oppose the assault weapons ban? I forget.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: March 24th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
And ribbons. Lots of ribbons.
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: March 24th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Support the troops! Down with the Hays Code! Catch the Zodiac!
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: March 24th, 2007 12:26 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Also, on further review, though I agree with your thesis, I find one of your statements to be a bit disingenuous, to wit:

Sometimes I just don't login at all on a Saturday or Sunday, or an entire weekend.

While this is technically true, I must point out that sometimes you just don't awaken at all on a Saturday or Sunday. :)
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: March 24th, 2007 12:29 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Well, that's true too. :-)
srmalloy From: srmalloy Date: March 24th, 2007 01:43 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
What was the bumper sticker? Something like "Nuke an unborn baby gay whale for Christ"? It's no more idiotic as a mashup than some of the causes...
jarodrussell From: jarodrussell Date: March 24th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
On the other hand, any idiot who's stupid enough to go along with this is probably one of those fools with half-a-dozen bots running on their computers. Who knows, if those 50,000 people turn off their computers, mayb the Internet will run faster. ;)
rbarclay From: rbarclay Date: March 24th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Oh, and of course the next question is: which of my many computers (workstations and servers) should I turn off? Should I include the microwave? The fridge? The dishwasher/washing machine/dryer? Cell phone? Hot-water supply? Heating? What about the DSL modem (it'd generate a trouble ticket with the ISP)? The power-distribution panel (yes, even that has a microcontroller)? Thermometer? Clocks? And that's just the stuff where I know it has some kind of computer in it, right here in my apartment.
And I'd just bet that the idiots that had this "idea" couldn't survive a day at home without an IdioTeeVee (which is probably computerized, too).
mackys From: mackys Date: March 24th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Another amusing thing...

Notice how shutdown day is conveniently on a Saturday?

Because if put it on weekday, the 70% (or more) of people who have to use a computer to do their daily work would have no chance of participating.

While I'm not opposed to the idea of a shutdown day, I do have to ask... what *exactly* are they trying to prove here? I'm just not seeing the point.
etherial From: etherial Date: March 24th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

re: a heavy computer user - and I went five days without using a PC

Yup. I didn't use anything more complicated than a discman or a camcorder on the Glee Club's tour of Italy, and the camcorder was for my Sufficiency. I'm actually kind of annoyed that the only way I'd get to go to both weeks of Pennsic this year is to fly to New York in the middle. I'd positively *love* to go incognito.