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[QUOTE="Michael H. Standart, post: 49203, member: 79064"] >>Are there plans to reinstate the service, do you know? And if not, are American or Japanese airlines going to fill the gap? << Not at Present though Mr. Branson of Virgin Atlantic is trying to get some of the airframes. Somehow, I doubt he'll succeed, but I wish him the best if he does. >>though I don't know that eight years of research is really that long a time before marketing a cutting edge technology to the general public.<< This was actually a rather protracted gestation period for the time. Remember that the 8 years was from the Time SUD displayed their model and proposal at the 1961 Paris Air Show to the time of the first flight of a prototype. It's actual entry into airline revenue service didn't happen until 1976. That's a [i][b]15[/b][/i] year gestation. >>It's what we do with what we know (or think we know) that is at the heart of the question here, and whether or not, as Bob seems to be saying, our own hubris doesn't sometimes lead us into some pretty horrific mistakes. << Exactly. Technology is nuetral. It's what people decide to do with it that causes the problems. Nuclear fission can be used to satisfy an entire regions electrical needs for a decade between reactor re-corings or turn a city into a glassed over smoking hole in 5 microseconds...all depending on the whim of the [i][b]people[/b][/i] who push the buttons. >>Well - people got along fine without the internet 20 years ago. Now what? We have a massive network of connectivity - one which leaves its users open to identity theft, child abusers, elaborate ripoffs and psychopaths who are obsessed with shutting down that network for the mere challenge of it. << Okay...so what's [i][b]really[/b][/i] changed? Bob, the scams your talking about have always been around in one fashion or another. The internet is just a new venue whereby the players can try to pull off more of the same old thing. Overall, I think the internet is a major plus in a lot of respects. It's awesome power as a research tool is exemplified on this forum every day where ideas, theories, and research on the very cutting edge is exchanged and discussed every day. >>The latest innovative fad is "flash mobs": people connect on the internet and agree to meet at a specified time and place and do a wild stunt. As such, it's only a matter of time before people start gathering to accomplish something not-so-harmless. This is progress? << So people never agreed to meet and do stupid things befor? Befor the internet, it was telephones and CB radios. Befor that, it was collage frat parties or lynch mobs. People have never wanted for ways to do the stupid and the dangerous. >>Well, thanks to technology, vast population explosions have taken place in areas formerly not so human-friendly. Sounds great, but then, subsequent sudden environmental and economic downturns have resulted in "rampent uncontrolled disease, famine, drought, etc.". The accompanying human losses far outweigh those which would have occurred in the absence of technology (look at Africa and Iraq). << Look at what? Technology isn't all that much in evidence in Africa and most all of the problems there have been [i][b]political[/b][/i], not technical. Were people in a position to use the technology, I have no doubt that major portions of Africa could well be a breadbasket rather then a dusbowl of civil and racial/tribal strife bogged down in superstition. Much the same applies to Iraq. Cultural discord, tribal rivialries, etc are the problem. Not the tools. >>Disease is another real concern. Yeah - we can travel from one end of the globe to the other. But did anyone ever stop to think how that changes the spread of disease and foreign microbes. Look what happened with AIDS and SARS. << Yes it is...but what's [i][b]really[/b][/i] going on? It's not lost on me that the AIDS problem is at it's worst in the nations/regions that aren't all that technically advanced. In the nations that are, it's at least controllable and controlled. Befor AIDS however, it was syphillis and it was uncurable as well up until the last century and it didn't need technology to spread. All it needed was laddies and lassies who were a little too eager to "get it on." As for SARS, most of that was media hype. That's not to say it wasn't a concern, but the media played it up to make it look much worse then it actually was. Neither SARS nor even AIDS is even closeto being in the same ballpark as the Black Death which several hundred years ago wiped out nearly a quarter of Europe's population. >>And just look at all the pollution which has resulted from the Age of Technology. << And look at how the same technology developed further has cleaned a lot of it up. The cities today may not be the brightest spots on the planet, but they're sparkling clean compared to the coal dust mired air and the sewage and waste clogged rivers and lakes of a century or even forty years ago. >>Finally, consider that automobile accidents claim more lives each day than anything else.<< As opposed to what? Wars, famine, shipwrecks, other types of accidents. >>Great - technology has saved us from the plagues of the past, only to deliver us to another, more efficient manner of death.<< And even more efficient cures and solutions. >>One is forced to ask: "Might ignorance be bliss?"<< No I'm not. Unless one thinks that it might be better to go back to the trees and take our chances with plagues, drought, famine, and Leo the hungry lion. If that's your idea of paradise, you're welcome to it. I'll pass. [/QUOTE]
I which year did the Titanic sail?