Cash is already phased out. Take $12,000 out of your bank. Oh, that's right. You can't. They don't have that much. You have to call ahead.
That may be true for law abiding citizens, but consider the drug trade. The people who grow opium in Afgahanistan or refine heroin in Columbia want to get paid from the cash sales to users in the U.S. and Europe. That mean a net outflow of funds from industrialized nations to third world countries to pay for the drugs. All international terrorists have to do is pay the suppliers in Afghanistan, Columbia etc. and have their agents collect cash from dealer networks inside the U.S. and Europe, maybe offering a discount relative to other ways of getting cash out. The cash itself does not have to move far at all, certainly not across borders. Given the huge scale of international drug trafficking, only a tiny diversion of its cash flow is required to keep local terrorist cells comfortably in business.
They weren't the same size as telco racks (i.e. 19")?
No they were not. IBM had it's own standards for mechanical packaging. But my recollection is that IBM's requirement that all its products fit through a standard 29" door predated the 360 line and was mandated by their sales department, who never wanted to lose a sale because the product could not get into a building.
The 026 didn't have parentheses either; we had to multipunch them.
That's not the whole story. Prior to EBCDIC, the convention was to use % and lozenge in the commercial 026 character set to represent left and right parentheses and # to represent equals. IBM offered 026 keypunches with those characters replaced on the keyboard and print matrix and compilers understood them as "(", ")" and "=". It was called the scientific character set option. When EBCDIC was introduced, the commercial card codings were retained and new card codes introduced for "(", ")", "=" and many others. But compilers I worked with all recognized the older codings, at least until I stopped using keypunches in the mid 1970s. But if you had a need to enter a proper EBCDIC "(", ")" or "=" on an 026 you would have had to multi-punch, as you say. Was there some software you used that did not recognize the "scientific" 026 encodings?
what you are deliberately leaving out is that OS X has a fraction of the marketshare of windows and that is the main reason.
If smaller marketshare is the main reason OS X has much less malware than Windows, isn't that still a compelling reason to buy a Mac? Let all the cheapskates who want to save a few hundred bucks on their computer deal with the mass insecurity.
Back when Fortran came out, keyboards weren't standardized yet. Also, some systems used variations of 7-bit or even non-ASCII encodings like EBCDIC.
Uhh, not quite. Back when Fortran was introduced in 1957 and when comparison operators were introduced in Fortran IV in 1962, pretty much everyone was entering programs on punched cards, mostly using the IBM 026 keypunch machine which did not have the greater than and less than symbols. In fact a special 026 "scientific character set" was required to show parentheses or equal sign on the keyboard or to print them on the cards. While each computer model tended to have its own internal character code, the punched card code itself was well standardized, even among IBM's competitors. The EBCDIC character set, which does have greater than and less than symbols, was introduced with the IBM System/360 in the mid-1960s, along with the IBM 129 keypunch, but the less expensive (and indestructible) 026 continued to be used by programmers for many years thereafter, especially at academic institutions. There is a good picture of the 026 keyboard on Wikipedia: File:IBM 026 keyboard.mw.jpg
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