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Comment Re: Simpleish (Score 1) 198

I never saw a DisplayWriter.

I could have sworn there was a commercial attachment/accessory for the Selectric that turned it into a normal printer. This was around the time where the daisy-wheel typewriters hit the consumer scene (Olivetti and Smith Corona had ball typewriters for a while too) and a considerable amount of them also had Centronics interfaces available as attachments.

Nothing beats the Selectric. Much faster than a daisywheel, and they had that lovely mechanical staccato sound that was music to the ears. The sheer number of them that are still out there (and working) is incredible.

Comment Re:l taped six D cells to a christmas tree light (Score 2) 198

This was a lot like my "magic cat vanisher" when I was in grade school.

It was a simple device, requiring only a 9V battery and a flash cube from a camera.

Walk in room, see cat. Short terminals of flash cube while looking at cat. *FLASH*. When vision returns, cat has vanished.

Comment Re:Google had a chance . . . (Score 1) 191

I only pointed out a counter example to an earlier post. I'm not on a mission to convert Android users or get into a pissing match - the choice of OS in this case is just a matter of personal taste.

It's like arguing over speakers. Specs are good and all that, but the best choice ultimately is what sounds good to the buyer.

Comment Re:I liked the cartoon that read: (Score 1) 662

Since I posted those two examples, another article came up with this very topic. I feel it was rather inflammatory and brings up left-right politics, but it does bring up some points:

How Ahmed’s clock became a false, convenient tale of racism

and another:

Suspicious Pop-Tart guns versus scientific suitcase clocks

In here is the white kid who was expelled for biting aPop-Tart into an "L" shape and expelled for bringing a gun to school. Another was pointing a finger and saying "bang". Yet another I recall was kicked out for saying "bless you" to a student that sneezed.

After all these examples, I think rather than point out the treatment white vs. minority kids get, I think the system as a whole needs a good enema.

Comment Re:Google had a chance . . . (Score 1) 191

Funny you mention this, My 2014 iPhone 6+ runs this year's iOS 9 better than it ever did iOS 8. Same goes with the iPad Air too. We have a 5s and a 5c here and their owners haven't complained any either.

I'd guess you may be right talking about the 4s, but that's 4 years old now and it too runs iOS 9.

Comment Re:I liked the cartoon that read: (Score 1) 662

May I ask what years you did this?

I had no trouble myself, but I went to school in the 80's. The environment in the schools now is totally different than what I remember.

I already gave one example of a non-muslim running into trouble with a science project. And here's another: MIT Sophomore Arrested at Logan For Wearing LED Device

Comment Re:I liked the cartoon that read: (Score 1) 662

To anyone that opened it, it would look like a box of electronic junk and wires. Yes, there's a huge red display, but LED alarm clocks do not turn on their display when they are not plugged into AC power. The 9V battery is just to run the clock and alarm circuit. There were no ominous huge red numbers counting down when they opened the box.

It was nothing like this alarm clock.

Comment Re:I liked the cartoon that read: (Score 1) 662

While I have some doubts as to how wise it was to bring the device to school, I do not find it in any way odd that a kid of that age would be tearing apart electronic stuff and messing with it in the way that he did. He's also not an adult, so holding him to strict interpretations of the word "invent" is a little unfair too. He's a tinkerer, a critical first step in figuring out how stuff works.

The Islamophobia angle is what irritates me. Anyone who brought something like that into a school unannounced would raise a concern, no matter what their ethnicity/religion may be.

This student was up on felony charges for a science fair volcano project:

16-year-old expelled, charged with felonies over volcano science experiment (auto play video warning)

There was a fair amount of media furor over that too.

Comment Re: Problem with the solution? (Score 2) 194

I've been on those planes.

Yes, the service is pretty good - a lot of their cross-country flights are being upgraded to those thinner plastic seats to cram more passengers in and there's no seat-back screen anymore. Only problem is you have your phone, pad, or computer and no in-seat power in cattle class.

On a recent flight from FRA to LAX, the aging 747 had this installed and you had the screens in business class and the wifi on your device with 2-3x the selection. Better than 2 years ago when they had CRT's hanging over the aisle.

Comment Re:The Struggle (Score 1) 410

You know nothing then.

The state of the schools in the LAUSD in the late 70's to mid-80's compared to today gives absolutely no insight on my attitudes towards segregation.

All I asked is: Why is no one is asking to integrate schools with a supermajority of hispanic students?

I then supplied proof that these schools do indeed exist and the 90%+ was not an exaggeration.

Comment Re:The Struggle (Score 1) 410

Well, the first thing that came to mind when the article mentioned "declining diversity" was yet another swipe at white males. The homophobia caused by the unmentioned boogeyman was yet another, this time at CIS white males.

Diversity as I hear it used nowadays typically means "we need more minorities". When our schools were predominately white, we needed diversity. So we bussed diversity in from minority neighborhoods. Demographics have changed over the years and now many of our schools are no longer predominately white, but 80-90%+ hispanic.

No one is asking for diversity anymore.

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