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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:like those are hard to see on teh intarwebs (Score 1) 110

by hawk (#47208465) Attached to: GoDaddy Files For $100 Million IPO

Why do you think I have, rather than

I checked for Available. Went to register the next day, and gone. Scratched my head.

Then I checked Waffled a day, and it was gone.

So I just registered

And then the bit elsewhere where they double-billed and held data hostge . . .


Refreshed by a brief blackout, I got to my feet and went next door. -- Martin Amis, _Money_