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I have a question, if I travel back in time, will I still have data and be able to use the internet on my phone which is still connected in the future? If so, I would research winning numbers/races etc and make a buckload and I'd travel to the 90s and pick up all the rarest Pokemon cards and take them back to the future.
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I have a question, if I travel back in time, will I still have data and be able to use the internet on my phone which is still connected in the future? If so, I would research winning numbers/races etc and make a buckload and I'd travel to the 90s and pick up all the rarest Pokemon cards and take them back to the future.


Peanuts compared to smart investing.

With foreknowledge of the market, you could make Bill Gates seem only modestly well off.

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Rinnybean wrote:

I have a question, if I travel back in time, will I still have data and be able to use the internet on my phone which is still connected in the future? If so, I would research winning numbers/races etc and make a buckload and I'd travel to the 90s and pick up all the rarest Pokemon cards and take them back to the future.


Peanuts compared to smart investing.

With foreknowledge of the market, you could make Bill Gates seem only modestly well off.



Well I'm not greedy, I'd be happy with a billion
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Dariamus wrote:


Rinnybean wrote:

I have a question, if I travel back in time, will I still have data and be able to use the internet on my phone which is still connected in the future? If so, I would research winning numbers/races etc and make a buckload and I'd travel to the 90s and pick up all the rarest Pokemon cards and take them back to the future.


Peanuts compared to smart investing.

With foreknowledge of the market, you could make Bill Gates seem only modestly well off.



Well I'm not greedy, I'd be happy with a billion


I'd like to undertake a few personal projects where a billion would just be the initial down payment.

Space is expensive.

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Dariamus wrote:


Rinnybean wrote:


Dariamus wrote:


Rinnybean wrote:

I have a question, if I travel back in time, will I still have data and be able to use the internet on my phone which is still connected in the future? If so, I would research winning numbers/races etc and make a buckload and I'd travel to the 90s and pick up all the rarest Pokemon cards and take them back to the future.


Peanuts compared to smart investing.

With foreknowledge of the market, you could make Bill Gates seem only modestly well off.



Well I'm not greedy, I'd be happy with a billion


I like to undertake a few personal projects where a billion would just be the initial down payment.

Space is expensive.



Jesus, well good luck with space
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Sell it as a science fiction tv show replica from a show in the future!!!!
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If you're smart, you will pop it open and learn through reverse engineering. With the correct strategy, you would cause a technological revolution, and live in relative comfort for the rest of your life in the past. You would also have the ability to dictate the foundations of telecommunications as we know it today, as well as, quite possibly, take over the the world.
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If you're smart, you will pop it open and learn through reverse engineering. With the correct strategy, you would cause a technological revolution, and live in relative comfort for the rest of your life in the past. You would also have the ability to dictate the foundations of telecommunications as we know it today, as well as, quite possibly, take over the the world.


Reverse engineering a smartphone in the 50s would be next to impossible. You would have an easier time speculating in financial markets.
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GaleForce wrote:

If you're smart, you will pop it open and learn through reverse engineering. With the correct strategy, you would cause a technological revolution, and live in relative comfort for the rest of your life in the past. You would also have the ability to dictate the foundations of telecommunications as we know it today, as well as, quite possibly, take over the the world.


Reverse engineering a smartphone in the 50s would be next to impossible. You would have an easier time speculating in financial markets.


It "might" prove challenging to completely reverse engineer a smartphone, but I believe during that process of trying to, someone would gain an immense amount of knowledge, which would still be superior to anything available in that day and age. All it takes is a microscope or maybe even a magnifying lens to carefully examine the inner hardware, and then set on a journey of trial and error, and then refining what you find until you get something pretty cool.
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Pretty sure you could still brick it. Or use it as one.
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biscuitnote wrote:


GaleForce wrote:

If you're smart, you will pop it open and learn through reverse engineering. With the correct strategy, you would cause a technological revolution, and live in relative comfort for the rest of your life in the past. You would also have the ability to dictate the foundations of telecommunications as we know it today, as well as, quite possibly, take over the the world.


Reverse engineering a smartphone in the 50s would be next to impossible. You would have an easier time speculating in financial markets.


It "might" prove challenging to completely reverse engineer a smartphone, but I believe during that process of trying to, someone would gain an immense amount of knowledge, which would still be superior to anything available in that day and age. All it takes is a microscope or maybe even a magnifying lens to carefully examine the inner hardware, and then set on a journey of trial and error, and then refining what you find until you get something pretty cool.


I'm not sure about that. I mean computers were still using vacuum tubes and took up entire rooms. Computer chips weren't even available till the late 70s and early 80s. I stand by my assessment that attempting to reverse engineer it would be a waste of time.
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I feel like people aren't considering just how powerful a simple iphone is in terms of computing power compared to what existed in 1950. So long as you have a way to charge it, you probably have orders of magnitude more power available than the entire world at that point.

That being the case, you wouldn't have to let anyone have your iphone at all, just let them pay money for the privilege of running their software on your pocket supercomputer.

You could probably actually become a political force if you used this carefully, since anyone that wasn't using your iphone would be falling behind in research and that kind of thing.

As a software developer, I can only wonder if the availability of such a powerful computer system at that time would have resulted in, e.g., Lisp succeeding in becoming a mainstream language instead of C, as one of the major reasons for the success of C was its efficiency in the days when machine time was more valued than developer time.
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Pictures for days.
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Give it to the girl you like which will in return save her from a sniper that tries to shoot her since it will stop the impact.


If you know what I'm refrencing you are fucking amazing!


No ones called me fucking amazing before So this is what it feels like when doves cry.
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I feel like people aren't considering just how powerful a simple iphone is in terms of computing power compared to what existed in 1950. So long as you have a way to charge it, you probably have orders of magnitude more power available than the entire world at that point.

That being the case, you wouldn't have to let anyone have your iphone at all, just let them pay money for the privilege of running their software on your pocket supercomputer.

You could probably actually become a political force if you used this carefully, since anyone that wasn't using your iphone would be falling behind in research and that kind of thing.

As a software developer, I can only wonder if the availability of such a powerful computer system at that time would have resulted in, e.g., Lisp succeeding in becoming a mainstream language instead of C, as one of the major reasons for the success of C was its efficiency in the days when machine time was more valued than developer time.


Who would trust some schmuck with what looks like a toy in that time era?
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