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Comment: Re:Highway Robbery (Score 1) 453

by pgpalmer (#45675773) Attached to: NZ Traveler's Electronics Taken At Airport; Interest in Snowden to Blame?

A broken clock might be missing the hour, minute, or second hand. Is it ever "right"?

Not to mention that I've yet to encounter a clock that compensates for the amount of time it takes for light to travel from the clock face to my eyes, as well as the time it takes for my brain to process that information.

Comment: Classic science fiction (Score 2) 129

by pgpalmer (#45614655) Attached to: Add USB LED Notifications To Your PC With Just a Bit of Soldering (Video)

When watching science fiction made a few decades ago, one thing that bothered me was that the technology had a lot of fancy LEDs/bulbs that flashed but apparently did nothing else.

See any console on the original Star Trek, or Al's handheld during the first season of Quantum Leap.

But now it makes total sense. They were notification LEDs! Notifying about EVERYTHING!

No amount of careful planning will ever replace dumb luck.

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