"My bot. Always loving wants nothing but my money. Bot,
my bot. Guilt and love- love so free. Sort of like a
mannequin with attitude. Eternal, undying love -died
yesterday when the bank account went dry.
The picture doesn't do you justice. But not in a
favorable way. My bot, my bot goodnight and goof
careful-avoid these like the plague. Never give out any
personally identifiable information to an individual or
company that you do not completely trust.
"...And the full realization of this universe of virtual
reality- what of it? Does it foreshadow the further evolution of humanity or the
diminution of the human spirit?"
The first burning question of Neo, the hero of the the film, "The Matrix", is simply, "What
is the Matrix?" In a general sense, "The Matrix," is a computer generated
all encompassing virtual reality created at the turn of the 21st century. Yet is Neo's
question really answerable? Is "The Matrix," for example, an imperfectly perfect
machine constructed reality? Or is it a metaphor for the endlessly recursive
nature of existence- a dream within a dream within a dream...? When we awaken, is it yet
to another dream? Reincarnated to another dreamlike world, with only distant traces of
memory guiding us from one world to the next?
Within the Matrix, are human beings software automatons in the ultimate
"Universal Program," choosing between different "If-Then-Else" statements
and endless Do While Loops? What then is "free will" - a "break in the
code," a hack, a viral implant?" A refusal to accept what is "real as
real?" A renegade software subroutine generating its own seemingly random, new
"The eagles trust their wings. With trust, they soar
through the heavens. Learn to trust. It will carry you
through life."- Jerome Bushyhead
Perhaps if we trusted ourselves and others more-
we would need our machines less. One should not confuse the code of a true warrior
with the false principles of Machiavelli's
Prince -whether in the battlefield of war or business.
However, strategy is important. As Sun Tzu wrote,
"When your strategy is deep and far reaching, then you
gain much so you can win even before you fight. When
your strategic thinking is shallow and near-sighted,
then you gain little and you lose before you even do
Purchase of refurbished items from Ubid and others
is very much "caveat emptor."
There is, for example, no clear definition of what
"refurbished" means. By itself, it may simply
mean 'cleaned up," cursory testing (if any), no
documentation & software and a very short duration
warranty from the seller, not the manufacturer. Some vendors of refurbished items ship items with specs different
from those published and charge excessive shipping &
handling charges to boot. A
factory refurbished unit, on the other hand, may
be bundled with drivers, manuals and software as well as
a manufacturers' warranty. Often factory refurbs,
as well as open box items, can be purchased directly from
Purchase of a refurbished item
from, for example, Ubid's web site, does not
necessarily mean you are purchasing an item from
Ubid. The actual supplier is specified on the bid/information sheet
and may not offer the same level of customer service you
would expect from Ubid or others.
is an excellent source of information on computer
and other types of stores and contains survey results
based on buyer feedback. You
may be quite surprised by the survey results.
Nevertheless, good buys on refurbished items are possible
are technically savvy and know current market prices
& specifications. Sadly, good buys often occur in
spite of, not because of the vendor who actually
sells you the item.
Online auctions pose additional risks,
including: shilling, bid shielding, piracy and
counterfeiting, internet fencing, triangulation,
"buy and switch," fee stacking, loss or damage
claims, shell auctions, etc. See, "Online
Auctions: The Bizarre Bazaar," for additional
guidance & information.
"Wintermute was hive mind,
decision maker, effecting change in the world outside. Neuromancer was personality.
Neuromancer was immortality. Marie-France must have built something into Wintermute, the
compulsion that had driven the thing to free itself, to unite with Neuromancer."
-William Gibson, "Neuromancer";
Books by William Gibson'
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