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Originally Posted by captain_clayman View Post
EDIT: on topic, do they even have like, the blueprints and everything for this so they can actually rebuild it?
The blueprints to rebuild Crysis? They should still have them, it is only just over 3 years old.

Oops.

Yes, I would assume that they have them. The major stumbling block that they mentioned in the article is that you can't use mercury any more, as it is dangerous... I'm sure that they can either find a way round it or get some special dispensation to use it.
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And before anyone asks, no it can't.


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I am constantly surprised by how recent computers are; some of the people who worked on arguably the first modern computer are still alive:
Not SO surprising (unless you're a teenager). We are really only 50 or so years into 'modern' electronics. 100 years ago you more likely than not would of been a cowboy.

Only 10 or so years ago, most homes didn't even have internet, and if they did, it was dialup.

We've been around as a species for 100,000 years. I can't begin to imagine where will be only a scant 100 years from now, now that we have 'modern tech' (i.e. computers/cloning/DNA sequencing/nano etc...).

This is a great time to be alive...we are the pioneering generations of computer / modern tech... but I think we missed the boat 100 years from now (if not far sooner) I believe we'll easily crack immortality, or at least be able to double or triple our life spans.
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And before anyone asks, no it can't.
Oh sassafras!

Looks like I'll have to resort to China's new supercomputer.
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And before anyone asks, no it can't.
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I am sure you are going to catch a lot of people off guard with that one.

Pretty funny.
But probably not here. We all know what he means. I'm sure most of him are thankful for forestalling it.


As for the computer, it used mercury as a sort of short-term memory storage when it was built... Health and darned Safety certainly aren't going to allow that today. What will they be replaced with?
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I can't begin to imagine where will be only a scant 100 years from now, now that we have 'modern tech' (i.e. computers/cloning/DNA sequencing/nano etc...).
I agree, my first computer was a BBC, and to me it was awesome. I still have it in the loft somewhere. When I think how far we have come since then, even in my short life time (I'm 28), I am slightly awed about what we might achieve next.

My grandmother can drive a car (slowly), but she can't send an e-mail. What will my grandchildren be able to do that I can't?
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And before anyone asks, no it can't.
Or can it...?
    
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Or can it...?
it can.... although you would have to wait a few weeks for the first frame..
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define modern... as the first computer that was automatic and programmable was the Z3 in 1941.
 
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define modern... as the first computer that was automatic and programmable was the Z3 in 1941.
The Z3 did not have memory, and did not employ Von Neumann architecture (it couldn't, because it didn't have memory). The Z3 also did not have any conditional branching instructions - such instructions would have to be synthesised in order to make the Z3 Turing complete.
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