Originally Posted by NetworkTV
I always laugh when I see the transparent phone/PDA on these SciFi shows. Apparently, no one in the future is into sexting or other content that would be inappropriate to view in a room with other people. Forget getting a call from that person you're having an affair with when your spouse is in the room.
Heck, just entering passwords or checking your bank balance would be pretty hard to do privately.
Maybe the future will be a Star Trek style Utopia where money isn't needed and everyone has the morals and work ethic of Andy Taylor.
If anyone missed Sunday's "60 Minutes" on CBS, Lesley Stahl's piece on cell phone 'money tech' in Kenya seemed remarkable. Maybe it's still accessible at online CBS. A company in Kenya has bypassed banks and credit cards by using any cell phone, not just smartphones, in place of money--after purchasing 'credits' for your phone. Most folks there use the system, so with a pin number you can buy even the cheapest items, say single cigarettes, with your credit. Taxi drivers, one paid generously by Stahl, need carry little cash.
More on topic, tried setting up series recording for this Syfy show and could only rent/buy the first episode on NYC's FIOS; (don't watch movies on my PC). Looks like the guide will take a week or so to register series recordings--unless I set a manual DVRing.
And mentioning 60 Minutes, OT briefly again, I'm beginning to doubt they'd ever take on the drug industry as I suggested in an earlier 'irritating-ads' thread here. CBS appears to run many drug ads that warn you, endlessly, you can get cancer from them (as well as possible healing), plus numerous other side-effects. A duh, IMO, is how many have died or become seriously ill from each drug. 60 Minutes, I proposed, should run a piece telling us. NetworkTV helpfully pointed out in that thread it's a federal regulation requiring firms to deliver this 'negative' drug information. -- John