The true story of history's only known meteorite victim


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


#2

I always wondered how big a software was…


#3

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


#4

Must have come through the cloud…


#5

We’re talking many kilobytes.


#6

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.


#7

How many Libraries of Congress does one software equal?


#8

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!


#9

Didn’t one just happen recently in India?

Edit - apparently not


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Incoming!


#13

Would you prefer:

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


#14

Too bad it wasn’t vaporware!


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#16

[citation needed]

Victims of various natural disasters might disagree.


#17

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


#18

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.