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08 September 2009 @ 12:53 pm
Techno-whatsis  
Poll #1454870 Techno-whatsis

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. (Arthur C. Clarke's Third Law of Prediction)

True
35(77.8%)
False
3(6.7%)
It's complicated, and I'll explain in comments
7(15.6%)

Any technology which can be distinguished from magic is insufficiently advanced. (Gehm's Corollary to Clarke's Law)

True
27(61.4%)
False
14(31.8%)
It's complicated, and I'll explain in comments
3(6.8%)

There is no technology, no matter how advanced, that cannot be circumvented by a sufficiently determined individual or group. (Janet Miles, to the best of my knowledge)

True
41(91.1%)
False
2(4.4%)
It's complicated, and I'll explain in comments
2(4.4%)

No matter how subtle and powerful the wizard, a knife between the shoulderblades will seriously cramp his style. (Steven KZ Brust)

True
38(84.4%)
False
0(0.0%)
It's complicated, and I'll explain in comments
7(15.6%)
 
 
Aravsfogarty on September 8th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
On #3, I am saying 'yes' as an existential, not universal, claim. It is possible that the individual or group could circumvent it on any given attempt, but not guaranteed.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on September 8th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
I probably should have phrased it as "cannot eventually be circumvented".