9 things that might disappear in our lifetime

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    1. The Post Office - I still pay bills via snail mail. No plans to change unless forced to.

    2. The Check – I pay all bills via checks. No plans to change unless forced to.

    3. The Newspaper – most are liberal rags. Never read them.

    4. The Book – I prefer hard copy over soft.

    5. The Land Line Telephone – still have one for the wife.

    6. Music – I am a pirate.

    7. Television – won’t die in our lifetime.

    8. The "Things" That You Own – all I need are my golf clubs.

    9. Privacy – what’s this?
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    LOL, I still remember when a salesman came by my office trying to sell me a fax machine. To set this up you need to know this is when they first came out and a good copier might cost you 3k and a VCR would run $800. easy. My first thought when he ask me about buying one was I don't know anyone else that has one so what good would it do me. Of course I didn't buy one that day, but still have one at the office that still gets a good share of faxes. What I really have always wondered is who was the first person to buy one and what did he do with it before others he knew got one also.
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    Might want to add cursive. lol
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    Would like for voting booths to go away. Why do I have to stand in line for an hour? It 2013 for goodness sakes.. Where is the iPhone voting app?
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    Landlines will not go away because businesses still use them aplenty.

    The penny, nickle, and dime all need to go away. They are worth less than the metal that is used to make them.

    The dollar should be replaced by coins.
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    Every time they have tried to replace the dollar bill with a coin it has flopped. People see them as novelty more than anything else.
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    AMEN! Unreal how you wouldn't rather a PDF that you can print anytime and save forever.
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    Haha, reminds me of this Family Guy joke.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsHMSCdjqC4
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    It has"flopped" as you put it because lawmakers haven't legislated the end of the paper dollar. Of course people are going to stick with what they are used to. Not to mention all the low level infrastructure.

    I think it's similar to our insistence on using the imperial system in lieu of the metric system (but of a lesser magnitude change).
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    Maybe so, but given a choice people don't like them.
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    And I think importantly, from the NPR story that I linked above, because people don't like them, people don't use them. And they end up in coin jars, taking them out of the economy.
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    Of course not because it is different than what they are used. Eliminate bills and people will use the coins like other countries.
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    May be true when people have a choice but it is immaterial if you eliminate the choice of using bills instead of coins. I've travelled extensively overseas and haven't seen this same disdain for coins. If there is one thing you can count on it is people liking what they are used to.
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    Definitely true. Even I stopped cursive writing a long time ago. Today, kids and young adults don't even write manually anymore..it's all shorthand stuff.
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    I work in the computer industry and one thing you all might get ready for is cloud-based operating systems. Essentially, you won't install windows or apple or even a browser. You instead turn on your device and connect to your os online. All data will reside in the cloud with nothing local. Things like family albums, music, books, etc. will all be on the cloud. Essentially, no one will own their own intellectual-property.
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    Probably large companies with multiple offices across the country and/or in other countries. Would come in handy if some guy with, say, IBM needed to close a deal in California, but needed a document from corporate in NY to do so.
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    People don't shy away just because it is different. Lots of changing things are endorsed by the general public. Look no further than this thread for evidence of that. The public may use dollar coins if they are forced to however that is not a choice thing.
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    Indeed, this idea is covered in the 2011 GAO report on the matter.

    However, in their 2012 update, the GAO still says that, because of advances in dollar printing efficiency, the government will only make a profit due to increased seigniorage, derived from the coin jar effect. They predict that the coin jar effect will be real, estimating that they probably need to replace every two dollar bills with three coins.

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    I think digitalization has already rendered older notions of intellectual-property obsolete. Remember, these laws and protections all came about at the height of print culture (not the begining). Digitalization certainly makes ownership less tangible, but I think the law will eventually adjust in ways to accomodate a newer concept of intellectual property, whatever that may be.

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