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Linux Magazine: 2005: A Skype Odyssey

Mar 22, 2005, 03:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Perlow)

"Almost exactly four years ago, in my January 2001 column for Linux Magazine I wrote a rather long diatribe about how many predictions in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (based on the novel by Arthur C. Clarke) have been left unfulfilled.

"Among those was the common use of videophones, used in a visually dramatic scene where Dr. Heywood Floyd, a senior government official representing the United States space agency, calls from the space station to wish his daughter to wish her a happy birthday. At the end of the call, Floyd is charged $1.70, an obscenely inflated amount by 1968 standards ($1.70 back then would have bought you five gallons of gasoline), but only a modest amount today, especially for a long-distance pay phone call..."

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