Is there anything in technology that can be described as a masterpiece?
Definitely these. Running 3 of these at once seemed to be sheer bliss.
Surely there are better ways than annihilating ecosystems for hundreds of years to make art. I don't think destroying life is artistic at all. :\ but then again, I am on the /g boards where there are mostly world/self hating intellectuals (usually) so this opinion isn't surprising.
I don't know why you think there are any "intellectuals" here, its mostly idiots who think they're good at computers because they can install Linux.
The annihilation of life and ecosystems can be art, but the guy you're replying to doesn't make a good case for it.
Think Pad Clit Mouse
Absolutely this. The quality on an IBM model M is insane, how many electronic devices can you name that were manufactured back in 198* and to this day are superior to many current day counterparts?
I would say the pulley system is an unquestionable technological masterpiece. It was invented over two thousand years ago, and we're still applying it today to our cranes and stuff. It is one of the technologies that built our world.
Fast inverse square root
sqrt(2) irrationality proof
Wiles' proof to fermat's last theorem
Wolpert's paper(s) on motor control
Nauta's first paper
Probably much more of them. Typical how /g/ pretty much immediately resorts to 'consumer technology products'