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Comment: Re:What might have happened. (Score 1) 200

>up and thought 2-digit years would be enough,

When economists actually looked at the *data* for the "Y2K problem," they found that it would have cost, in discounted real dollars, three times as much to prevent the problem as it would have to avoid . . .

doc hawk, economist

Comment: Re:Technically, it's not a "draft notice" (Score 1) 200

My Uncle looked at his draft number, and enlisted (more control over assignment).

He was right.

My grandmother forwarded his induction notice to him in Viet Nam.

He had the cook lay down, poured catchup over his head[1], and stood with his foot on the cook--and sent the picture back, from Viet Nam, to the draft board.


[1] Kind of silly to worry about color for a B&W picture . . .

Comment: Re:Slashdot editors owe me a new keyboard. (Score 1) 365

by hawk (#47303719) Attached to: Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

>Now that they've found the Atari 2600 ET cartridges
>in a New Mexico landfill, there's plenty of room for
>all the Surfaces (all variants) that Microsoft can't sell.

wait a minute: they took those *out* of the landfill, rather than covering it i concrete, or calling in an air strike???

Comment: Re:DECwindows ;) (Score 1) 204

by hawk (#47282043) Attached to: X Window System Turns 30 Years Old

On my parents' kitchen table . . .

Since I was around, it had to be sometime before mid-86 (likely summer 85. I think the family gatherings were July).

A cousin who worked for HP came by with a prototype (?) of a 68000 Unix luggable. It showed off by drawing a wire frame of the space shuttle and then,I believe, solidifying it, at an impressive speed for the time . . . (today, it would be done between frames, along with a couple of navies shooting at it . . .)


Comment: Re:Wow (Score 1) 224

by Bruce Perens (#47232659) Attached to: Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions
It actually is a bit different for the Republicans, in that they are caught in an internal party schism of a scale we've not seen on either side since desegregation, if even then. It's difficult for the less right to look good to the more right, undirected pushing against the Democrats is one of the few ways they have to do it.

I put up my thumb... and it blotted out the planet Earth. -- Neil Armstrong