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True or false?

PostBy: carbonburner2 On: Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:23 pm

I know some of these are true however, I am not sure about the rest.

Subject: Ten Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime

This is USA oriented, but Canada & the rest will not be far behind. Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, here they come.

1. The Post Office
Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.
2. The Check
Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with check by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check. This plays right into the death of the post office. If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business.
3. The Newspaper
The younger generation simply doesn't read the newspaper. They certainly don't subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.
4. The Book
You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD. But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books. You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half that of a real book. And think of the convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can't wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you're holding a gadget instead of a book.
5. The Land Line Telephone
Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don't need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they've always had it. But you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes.
6. Music
This is one of the saddest parts of the change story. The music industry is dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal downloading. It's the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the music purchased today is "catalogue items," meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with. Older established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, "Appetite for Self-Destruction" by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, "Before the Music Dies."
7. Television Revenues
To the networks are down dramatically. Not just because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. And they're playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say good riddance to most of it. It's time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery. Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.
8. The "Things" That You Own
Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in "the cloud." Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of that is changing. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest "cloud services." That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider. In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device. That's the good news. But, will you actually own any of this "stuff" or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big "Poof?" Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.
9. Joined Handwriting (Cursive Writing)
Already gone in some schools who no longer teach "joined handwriting" because nearly everything is done now on computers or keyboards of some type (pun not intended)
10. Privacy
If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That's gone. It's been gone for a long time anyway.. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, "They" know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits.. "They" will try to get you to buy something else. Again and again.

All we will have left that can't be changed are "Memories."
Do your very best to PRESERVE THEM!
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Re: True or false?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:36 pm

I'm not sure about the rest either cb. Hopefully NOT!
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Re: True or false?

PostBy: DieselBob On: Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:38 am

Well I'm not giving up on land line phone. I have seen times where cell phones where useless and my old worthless outdated line land phone worked just fine. The first was back on 9/11. my company cell phone wouldn't work because “all circuits are busy” and zero bars but my land line was fine. We also had a ice storm a few years back that took out a lot of power all over the state including making cell connection iffy. My old land line was working fine.
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Re: True or false?

PostBy: lsayre On: Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:37 am

A professor (from Harvard I believe) predicted that traditional universities will disappear (through a slow and painful process of endless closings due to bankruptcy) as on-line education takes hold. If this is true, then College level sports will vanish along with the universities.

Of course the government will come to the rescue and tax us to keep them open for decades beyond their useful existence, but ...
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Re: True or false?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:52 am

Larry, you got to send me some of those CHEERFUL pills you seem to take on a daily basis! :clap: toothy
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Re: True or false?

PostBy: samhill On: Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:06 am

It seems like it's Congress that's doing it's best to bankrupt the Post Office maybe they all have a lot of stock in UPS & FED EX.
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Re: True or false?

PostBy: lsayre On: Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:08 am

Fred, just telling it as it may be. Some info on how and why universities will go bankrupt.

http://www.the-american-interest.com/ar ... e-know-it/

http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/2013 ... ristensen/
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Re: True or false?

PostBy: samhill On: Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:58 am

Do you think that maybe this rate of earnings has something to do with college's going bust?
http://www.usnews.com/education/article ... dents-earn
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Re: True or false?

PostBy: Freddy On: Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:35 am

A month ago the internet / cable company tried to sell me on "dump your land line, go with us". They said they were just as dependable....the next week we had the ice storm & lost Internet for 3 1/2 days. I'll never let my land line go. If no one noticed, land line prices have dropped and now long distance is free. I have a business line, free local and long distance for $33 a month.
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Re: True or false?

PostBy: samhill On: Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:46 am

It seems that all the hacking of credit cards of late is going to put the brakes on going paperless & doing away with checks until they can find a way to secure transactions. Then again it won't be long before many can no longer sign their name on a check, I know they no longer teach check writing in schools. It seems like they will eventually take away a persons individualism or at least try.
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Re: True or false?

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:14 pm

A couple of simple thoughts from a fairly simple Animal....What happens when the batteries die?....What happens when you can't recharge them?...If you re concerned about Dark Forces Tracking You and Monitoring all Your Data,why are you here on the INet in the first place?.....Smarty Phones,Tablets,Laptops and just plain Computers and Cell Phones in General are the best conduit to you destroying your own Privacy. It's the best Scam,Ever! You Pay Handsomely for that "Data Package" in your Bill to report your Whereabouts,Personal Financials,Status of Your Loved Ones,Enhanced Tracking Features and More!......We have always been our worst Enemy....We love getting "Alamo'd,Pearl Harbor'd and 911'd"...Think about it for a minute......Am I Paranoid? An Aspiring Luddite?....Nope....Just Lucky enough to see it for what it is. The Data Revolution was sold to us so easily that we were flat out stupid enough to not only give our Constitutional Rights away,we paid handsomely to do it.Most Rational Folks would Scream and Object to any Entity or Government putting a Tracking Chip just under our skin. So that same Tracking Chip is now in Your Hand,Shirt Pocket,Purse,whatever....OnStar for Your Car,Sure!...Wireless for the entire Home,Sure!...I think You get the Point... We are Stupid,yet think we're so advanced. I chose to be here,that's true,but when when everyone's Central Hubbing their Life on the INet,that Life can be shut down so easily during a Time Of Crisis and/or Control.....Ponder that deal from a Guy who's generally pretty positive and jovial......Think about it...... :gee: :bang:
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Re: True or false?

PostBy: jpete On: Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:11 pm

There is a difference (theoretically) between government tracking and private corporation tracking. Obviously, I'm aware they are mostly one and the same today but in a perfect world, they wouldn't be.

Government asserts the power to fine, imprison or kill you. Corporations want to sell you stuff which you may or may not want.

The question is, should we do away with corporations, or government? ;)

We can't have both.
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Re: True or false?

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Sun Feb 02, 2014 6:49 pm

jpete wrote:There is a difference (theoretically) between government tracking and private corporation tracking. Obviously, I'm aware they are mostly one and the same today but in a perfect world, they wouldn't be.

Government asserts the power to fine, imprison or kill you. Corporations want to sell you stuff which you may or may not want.

The question is, should we do away with corporations, or government? ;)

We can't have both.





Controlling government should only be on a local level and up to the states. Federal government needs to be much smaller and should not have the power it currently has.
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