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Comment Re:Obligatory Star Trek: TNG episode (Score 1) 250

It's possible that we are one of the "old ones" but an early stage. It's also possible that we are one of the younger races but, to the "old ones" we are nearly indistinguishable from ants (G'Kar gives a nice speech about this).

G'Kar talks to Catherine about Sigma 957.


Comment Re:Reminds me of Visicalc (Score 1) 92

Short NPR "Planet Money" podcast about the history of spreadsheets, including interviews with the inventor of Visical:


> Note: This episode contains explicit language.

> Spreadsheets used to be actual sheets of paper. Sometimes, a bunch of sheets of paper taped together.

> Then, in the late '70s, a bored student invented the electronic spreadsheet. It transformed industries. But its effects ran deeper than that.

> As one journalist wrote more than 30 years ago, "The spreadsheet is a tool, and it is also a world view — reality by the numbers."

> Today's show was inspired by A Spreadsheet Way of Knowledge, a 1984 article by Steven Levy.

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