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As the title says, if given one trip to time travel what would you do?(disclamer: this is the current poll on Slashdot.org. I am just seeing what the community thinks)

I would go back to 1975 and invest $50,000 into Microsoft and would have a ton of money.

So answer these questions: What time? What would you do there? Why?

asked Oct 23 '10 at 15:16

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edited Oct 23 '10 at 15:17

I would visit Pompeii- to warn & to convince the civilization there to vacate ahead of Vesuvius' explosion. So many lives & so much culture was lost there~

(Oct 26 '10 at 09:01) geekomatic geekomatic's gravatar image

Ummm why not invest it in google when it started??

(Jan 07 '11 at 03:18) Matthew B Matthew%20B's gravatar image

TheTechDude you can't go and invest in Microsoft because if you invest in them nothing would make you invest in them at this point in time so you would never go back in time to invest in them in the first place.

(Jan 08 '11 at 07:03) Feras Feras's gravatar image

Half of all these answers are paradoxes.

(Jan 08 '11 at 07:04) Feras Feras's gravatar image

I tried to look at it as what I would do if it were possible I didn't think of whether or not is was possible.

(Jan 08 '11 at 10:20) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

No Feras, he would HAVE to go back in time and invest 50,000 dollars into microsoft, otherwise microsoft wouldn't be around! Reverse paradox!

(Jan 10 '11 at 00:45) Zlpha Zlpha's gravatar image

But if we ask Microsoft they probably won't have any record of a 50,000 dollar investment which means Microsoft would still be around today without that money. Paradox.

(Mar 05 '11 at 07:17) Feras Feras's gravatar image
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I'd go back in time and switch the Vista RTM disks with Windows 7 before they go to mass production.

answered Oct 23 '10 at 16:03

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switch windows 7 disks with Linux disks most people would not know if you changed the branding

(Oct 23 '10 at 16:15) popman popman's gravatar image

Hmmm. That could work. I do love Ubuntu

(Oct 23 '10 at 16:16) Gorkon5567 Gorkon5567's gravatar image

Go forward in time and buy a time machine or go to the 1990's and invest a ton in Apple stock then wait until 1996 and invest in Google stock.

answered Oct 23 '10 at 15:47

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edited Oct 23 '10 at 15:57

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I forgot about Google, I would invest in them as well.

(Oct 23 '10 at 15:57) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

I would go to the 90's of the sake of how awesome the 90's were.

(Oct 24 '10 at 01:00) blackbird307 blackbird307's gravatar image

I would imagine the 2050s would be better.but I suppose it's preference.

(Oct 26 '10 at 09:56) popman popman's gravatar image

I would go back back in time for many reasons:

1- to a time where one of the greatest scientists like Albert Einstein existed to learn more about them and feed myself with valuable knowledge: alt text

2- Back to where most machines where invented to discuss different fuel resources that do not use petroleum so our world doesn't suffer from all that contamination in the air.

3- Back to Sparta and film their fights to make an awesome movie.

MORE to come :)

answered Oct 24 '10 at 10:21

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Better: Go back and tell them what they got wrong.

(Mar 04 '11 at 20:38) tsilb tsilb's gravatar image

Yeah we need better weapons than the ones we have :/

(Mar 05 '11 at 10:00) Patxi Patxi's gravatar image

One who changes the smallest of events shall alter history as one.

answered Oct 25 '10 at 15:53

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Alastor Moody ♦♦


I think this is true, although, I shall use hitler as an example. some historians argue that if you were to go back in time and kill him before he became known, some one else would have taken his place regardless, although it may not have been at the same time and won't have had the same name, and may also not have picked on the jews, but another race, so your point is partially valid incorporating that argument, of course some people disagree with that theory

(Oct 26 '10 at 12:28) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

It indeed ties into what is believed as "The Butterfly Effect" not the movie either. One small change could change all after. Large changes especially, but as you said could also lead to similar events with different variables. The equation is greatly changed when one variable is changed. You come up with an entirely different solution in most cases.

(Oct 26 '10 at 13:30) Alastor Moody ♦♦ Alastor%20Moody's gravatar image

i need to watch that film at some point ;D

(Oct 26 '10 at 13:31) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

I'd go back to 1760. Sit down and have a chat with Benjamin Franklin.

answered Oct 27 '10 at 00:03

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That would be interesting.

(Dec 27 '10 at 23:56) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

I like this one. He'd be a good brain to pick.

(Jan 10 '11 at 00:30) KnightZero KnightZero's gravatar image

I'd go back to last week so I could win the 10,000,000 jackpot in the lottery.

answered Oct 23 '10 at 16:29

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you couldn't as you would do something to fuck up like going on tv with your big win and this would put current you off focus.

(Oct 23 '10 at 23:21) popman popman's gravatar image

watch your language please popman :)

(Oct 26 '10 at 12:29) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

please,it's just words and if you feel offended get some browser extension to censor the words that are offensive to you.

(Oct 26 '10 at 13:17) popman popman's gravatar image

its not me that is offended, but there are younger people on lockergnome and it is nice to keep it as clean as possible

(Oct 26 '10 at 13:32) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

what does age have to do with this?your approach is similar to keeping older people out of a group.It is my firm opinion that you should not be treated differently because of age.

(Oct 28 '10 at 23:10) popman popman's gravatar image

As a 14-year-old, I agree, popman. However, I do think people should be treated differently out of mindset, and you don't see many 14-year-olds patching the Linux kernel. I have no problem with the language, it's that some other 14-year-old might log on here and be turned off to the site because of it. I have no problem, it's just that someone else might. Who knows, maybe a 60-year-old nun might see it. You just don't know, and with a community as mixed and generally tame as Lockergnome, you can't really predict anything. And with a word as generally offensive as 'fuck', the likelihood for offense is just that much higher. SO, please, keep it clean and try to avoid that kind of language. If you like the word too much, /b/ would be happy to accept you.

(Jan 07 '11 at 21:19) HHBones HHBones's gravatar image

AlanStryder you could not do that as that would be a paradox. If you went back in time to win the lottery you would not go back in time originally since you already had won the lottery meaning that you could not win the lottery because you never went back in time. Does that make sense?

(Jan 08 '11 at 07:00) Feras Feras's gravatar image

people do get offended. a good general rule is to keep it clean, a little self control never hurt anybody.

(Apr 26 '11 at 21:56) iGeek3 iGeek3's gravatar image
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I hope it's a 2 way ticket. I'd go into year 3000 to see how terrible the world has gotten, then freak out and get back fast. I've always been frightened of how the world would look like a lot time later because at that time humans would've probably already blown up Earth with one of our "fascinating" discoveries.

answered Oct 23 '10 at 17:14

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Ya, I think it is a two-way ticket. I would be worried about going to far into the future because if we do blow ourselves up then there would be nowhere to stand when I traveled ahead. That is why I think behind is better because at least then there will be ground to stand on.

(Oct 23 '10 at 18:17) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

Yeah, traveling into nothingness is pretty frightening. You'd probably be "travelling" forever.

(Oct 25 '10 at 15:24) Mihkel Mihkel's gravatar image

Set the time machine to: January 01, 2001

Christmas Day, 2002, brought one lucky winner a better gift than they could have ever dreamed of - a $314.9 million lottery jackpot. The largest single-winning lottery ticket in U.S. history was purchased in West Virginia, according to Powerball spokesman, Sue Dooley. No other details were immediately available. The winning numbers were 53-14-5-16-29, and the Powerball was 7.

Since there is No Cure for Cancer, I still couldn't save my mom's life. I'd go back to a time before my life took a wrong turn. I had a great job. I just bought a condo. My vehicles were all paid for. The r0bErT4u of that time would get only some advise from r0bErT4u (me).

  • After collecting half the Powerball Jackpot, I'd think prior to changing things.
  • I hope I can bring my ALL my Tech Gear with me, but not a major issue.
  • Prevent 911 will be a major goal.
  • Invest in the Stock Market.
  • Launch my Startup Company, and hang with Chris Pirillo and the other TechTV stars.
  • Advice Paul Allen & Steve Jobs on their future medical issues.
  • The LIST is too long what I'd change.

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answered Oct 23 '10 at 23:14

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edited Oct 26 '10 at 10:24

what are those?chimneys?

(Oct 23 '10 at 23:23) popman popman's gravatar image



(Oct 23 '10 at 23:28) Xiro Xiro's gravatar image

The Twin towers of the World Trade Center burning.


(Oct 23 '10 at 23:30) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image

sorry I was trolling to see how fast I could get a response.

(Oct 23 '10 at 23:37) popman popman's gravatar image

I was thinking that may be the case.

(Oct 23 '10 at 23:40) Xiro Xiro's gravatar image

again really sorry but I needed a way of accurately checking the response times of the members of the board

(Oct 23 '10 at 23:48) popman popman's gravatar image

I will never forget that day

(Oct 24 '10 at 00:39) Lestat611 Lestat611's gravatar image

I am very glad that day happened (i am sorry for the ppl and their families though). Because that was the day that the entire world finaly understood that even after 10.000 years of evolution humanity is still ruled by force and NOT by ways of democracy. 911 was a huge catalyst for the events that are yet to happen, our world will change drastically over the next 20 years and i hope we all are ready for it. For more info please go and check http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/ thank you.

(Oct 24 '10 at 09:23) JohnK JohnK's gravatar image

In case you missed it the first time, here's the URL to my religion again.

(Oct 24 '10 at 10:14) Seb Seb's gravatar image

but if you go back in time and stop this there will be nothing to spur you towards stopping this(like if you were told to go back in time and stop george bush from invading canada you would not think it really could have happened)

(Oct 24 '10 at 21:47) popman popman's gravatar image

Not my concern. After saving all those lives, the new timeline would be set. The terrorists still would be caught planning their jihad, and our Secret Service would be briefed accordingly.

The r0bErT4u of 2002 would continue his life with careful guidance from r0bErT4u (me). All financial issues should be taken care of.

I'd advise Chris Pirillo about some personal issues that happened in the original timeline. Chris can choose what to do from there.

(Oct 25 '10 at 15:52) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image

but if the new timeline is set there would be no disaster to stop.

(Oct 26 '10 at 09:58) popman popman's gravatar image

Didn't that event make US airports safer? Thus stopping most future terrorist attacks?

(Oct 26 '10 at 16:58) Madison Tries Madison%20Tries's gravatar image

Tsk tsk {shaking head in disbelief} ... Ryan, You know I've got ALL of that covered. I've thought this out. That's why the Time Machine is set months in advance. Homeland Security was/is a mixed blessing. We lost a lot of Privacy & Civil Liberties ...

(Oct 26 '10 at 17:07) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image

dude.eve with current security measures I can bring bomb components on board a plane and assemble without getting caught by security.I know I brought similar components through the security checkpoint when I was going to london gatwick.please note I just did this to see if it could be done I will not blow up a plane.

(Oct 30 '10 at 06:13) popman popman's gravatar image

TSAs are a bad joke at best. I don't feel safe with their personel >=0\

(Oct 30 '10 at 06:19) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image

but it is fun to point at someone and shout "he's got a bomb" and see them tackle him to the ground.

(Oct 31 '10 at 21:56) popman popman's gravatar image
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I'd jump back to 1983 when Apple stock was almost worthless, buy $100,000 of it, and by now I would have a nice tidy sum of around $30,000,000 or so.

answered Oct 24 '10 at 12:27

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apple stock was quite high in 1983 as the apple //e was very porular if you went to the mid 1990's you would get it cheaper.

(Oct 24 '10 at 13:09) popman popman's gravatar image

Actually Apple stock was trading for only a few dollars per share back in the 80's, and then got higher in the 90's.

(Oct 24 '10 at 14:49) chadt4 chadt4's gravatar image

I would think if you met steve jobs as a child and make an agreement with him that you get 15% of any company he sets up in exchange for a load of money sat $50000 if you do this when he's like 8 years old he would probably agree.

(Oct 26 '10 at 10:00) popman popman's gravatar image

I would go to 2013 to live there and miss 2012 :) even though i don't believe in it!!

answered Oct 26 '10 at 10:41

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You want to miss 2012, why? Would just said you don't believe it. And if you did miss it when you landed you would end up in the water.... Seems like a problem to me....

(Dec 27 '10 at 23:54) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image
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