In article <3CB1AF15.52A369B1 at sff.net>, Geoffrey A. Landis wrote:
>>>use.my.name at acm.org (jimirwin) wrote:
>> > After seeing "A Beautiful Mind" I've begun to wonder if some of these
>> > "cranks" are merely deluded.
>> I've recently been struck by the fact that great parts of Usenet (and
> the web) are uncannily similar to the conspiracy ravings of paranoid
> schizophrenics. It occurs to me that there's no prohibition against
> schizophrenics buying computers, and many of the wacky parts of the web
> probably *are* the work of paranoid schizophrenics. (Unfortunately, the
> web seems to serve as an amplifier.)
Terminator II struck me as a very dangerous movie . This lady , a
patient in a very secure mental institution , escapes , and takes out
after someone who she consideres a danger to mankind . Wouldn't take
much to set off someone who had schizophrenic delusions to imitate
her . Not to mention the bit at the start where her son ( whose
behaviour would seem to anyone standing outside the story line as
delinquient ) cracks a cash machine with some sort of palmtop ( I
forget the name , but remember it as a gadget that would have to use
assembler to work out that problem fast enough ) . What really makes
me chuckle was that the storyline identified a time when the
supercomputer went beserk and took off on its own mission . The
Police here (Ireland) got a new central computer system around the
milennium , there was row about how much extra the people using it
would have to be paid to learn the new system . It was to be called
Pulse , internal reports have it as a disaster , like most things
done over the Milennium .
Anyway , I turned on the radio news one morning , to be told "Pulse is
Aargh , run !
Terminator I was a far better movie .