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Submission + - A 1980s home computer family celebration (technologizer.com)

harrymcc writes: In the early 1980s, makers of PCs and related products felt they had to work really hard to convince typical American families that home computing was fun, useful, and not too intimidating. So they ran lots of ads with wholesome families crowded around the computer, entranced by its wonders. A quarter-century later, the ads are nostalgic, funny...and vaguely disturbing. At Technologizer, we rounded up ten examples.
It's funny.  Laugh.

What If They Turned Off the Internet? 511

theodp writes "It's the not-too-distant future. They've turned off the Internet. After the riots have settled down and the withdrawal symptoms have faded, how would you cope? Cracked.com asked readers to Photoshop what life would be like in an Internet-addicted society learning to cope without it. Better hope it never happens, or be prepared for dry-erase message boards, carrier pigeon-powered Twitter, block-long lines to get into adult video shops, door-to-door Rickrolling, Lolcats on Broadway, and $199.99 CDs."

Submission + - Texas Requires Investigator License to Repair PC's (ij.org) 2

JeremyGa writes: The state of Texas now wants computer techs to obtain a private investigator license before they access data on the computers they work on, or else risk a year in jail, a fine, and civil penalties of up to $10,000 every time they fix a computer. Since 2007, anyone who accesses non-public files to gather information about the "causes of events" and the "actions of persons" is deemed by the government to have conducted an "investigation" and must therefore have a private investigator- license. Repairing a computer almost always involves looking at the data to determine the "causes of events" what went wrong with the computer. The cause of those events will frequently be tied back to the"actions of persons". Whether a careless child downloaded a virus or an unscrupulous employee visited prohibited websites that installed malware, the essence of computer repair is figuring out what happened to a computer and reporting the cause of the problem to the computer owner. The new law makes potential criminals out of thousands of PC technicians in Texas.
  Each licensed investigations company- including sole proprietorship's -must be managed by an individual who has completed either a criminal justice degree or a three-year apprenticeship under a licensed investigator. Each licensed investigator must submit his or her fingerprints to the FBI, pay a $441 licensing fee, complete a 200-question written examination, and obtain $200,000 in liability insurance.

The best way to avoid responsibility is to say, "I've got responsibilities."