The true story of history's only known meteorite victim

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/07/14/the-true-story-of-historys-o.html

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I always wondered how big a software was…

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The moral of this story is: If something falls out’a the sky & you get hit by it, your life turns to shit.

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Must have come through the cloud…

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We’re talking many kilobytes.

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The term “victim” connotes some agency and deliberation being involved. It might be one of those hyper-bees to suggest that those who experience random happenstance are somehow victims of it.

How many Libraries of Congress does one software equal?

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If it was written on rope memory, that could be sizable.

Also, no one would be taking a meteorite that hit me away from me. Mine! Stay back! Rawr!

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Didn’t one just happen recently in India?

Edit - apparently not

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Incoming!

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Would you prefer:

The metorite randomly accessed the wetware, writing to memory the geforce of the down load.

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Too bad it wasn’t vaporware!

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[citation needed]

Victims of various natural disasters might disagree.

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So this is what happens when you throw out those old AOL floppy disks. Huh.

Victim traditionally means the subject of a sacrifice. And sacrifice is distinguished as being a deliberate rather than accidental act. Losing one’s thumb to a bandsaw or getting struck by lightning does not make one anybody’s sacrifice, despite being unfortunate. Contrast to the use of “victor”, where it would make little sense to describe a bandsaw or thunderstorm as “victorious” over anyone, because it is an event rather than a conscious agent.

Calling those who experience illness or natural disasters “victims” is an exercise in anthropomorphic hyperbole which it seems people have simply become accustomed to. I don’t mind it as a poetic exercise. But referring to them as “casualties” - those who suffered by chance - would be more accurate.

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Forget it, it’s popobawa4u. He uses English in non-standard ways.

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