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

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) 702 702

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.

May Euell Gibbons eat your only copy of the manual!

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