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Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio


Runaway tech



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February 01, 2012 - Hitting regular rotation on TV lately is the movie "2012," depicting the end of the world due to mutating death rays from the sun.

I went to see it in the theater in 2009. In a stroke of divine comedy, the end-of-the-world movie ended early due to a power outage caused by the weather. It wasn't 10 minutes from the credits the ark was in danger of colliding with Mt. Everest because the engines wouldn't start. I got a free pass to another showing, but I never went back. I got to see the ending on TV and saw I didn't miss much.

The film was produced in 2008, so producers had to project into the future a bit. This was most obvious regarding technology the main character's cell phone had a ring that was hopelessly outdated here in actual 2012. No one in the film carried I-phones or I-pads, or anything resembling them. Four years into the future, filmmakers had no idea they were coming.

That's the nature of technology today. Today's computers are obsolete tomorrow.

So that's one of my concerns with the proposed school technology bond. If approved by voters in May, it would collect $20 million, half earmarked for wireless Internet, handheld, mobile information devices, and other technology.

As the election draws closer, we'll discuss with Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock specific plans to deal with how quickly they'll all become obsolete.

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Good job to our deputies at Independence Township substation for nabbing a couple burglary suspects.

I was a bit dismayed to read George Grimes' rap sheet multiple convictions for home invasion, along with a felony fireams conviction.

That man should not have been out on the street, free to prey on local residents, allegedly. With sentences of 3-20 years, he should have been in prison at least until 2026.

More prison space is needed. To free up some funds, I'd start with reducing the per-prisoner expenses by cutting comfort items.

Then we can think about illegal drugs. Most if not all of the break-ins included in the weekly Public Safety page are to fund drug addictions.

Phil is editor for The Clarkston News. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war, having served in the U.S. Army.
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