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Comment Re:that pre dates 9/11. laptops from late 90's for (Score 1) 184

When leaving the US I had to power up my HP48 and try to explain it was a calculator and how to do a sum using RPN.

It was in 1998, shortly after the Swissair 111 flight and there was no explanation for the crash.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swissair_Flight_111

Comment Re:This is nothing new. (Score 1) 702

I went to NY for a week with my family in 1998. As I was just starting my engineering degree I took the opportunity to get a HP 48G calculator which at the time was much cheaper in the US.

I remember having to explain in broken english to the security guard (pre-TSA) that this was a working calculator and that it could do math. RPN here didn't help at all, but eventually she let me go.

This happened shortly after Swissair 111.

The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch someone else doing it wrong, without commenting. -- T.H. White

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