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Comment changed my life, and my children's (Score 1) 204

When I discovered that my girlfriend liked Star Trek, I bought a small color TV so I could entice her to come to my apartment to watch the original series. We both cheered when NBC announced that there would be a third season.

We were married in 1968 and had two children. We raised them in a very technology-friendly household. They played with my Apple II when I was at work. Today they both have Computer Science degrees and good jobs in the industry.

When my son got married I ended the customary father-of-the-groom speech with “live long and prosper” and the hand gesture. My son, his new wife, and all of their friends, understood me.

So, yes, you can say that Star Trek changed my life.

Comment Re:Elderly? (Score 1) 153

What happened to 35-50?

We (mostly) use password managers ;-) I only know one password and it's to decrypt my local password datastore. When that gets corrupted I'll be resetting passwords for weeks. All of my passwords resemble 2r9aIx'DbFbKRU;v4u!LgRn so there's no way I'm remembering or typing any of them in.

Those of us older than 69 also use password managers.

Comment Re:VR makes 25 to 50% of people sick (Score 3, Interesting) 90

...The problem is that we perceive distance by two mechanisms - focus and convergence. Everybody has fixed convergence - nobody has fixed the focusing issue....

There is a fix for the focusing issue, but it is quite expensive: Holography. You feed each eye with the same light waves that they would have received if they had been looking at the objects being depicted--two virtual images. I suspect this technology is too expensive for today's market, but it is the only good solution to the problem.

Comment Re:Forbes blocks browsers... and... this is absurd (Score 2) 330

...Humans evolved to live here, on Planet Earth. Not on our own star, or on any other star, and humanity's future is right here where we have an entire planet we were built for... not on a foreign star.

I disagree. No matter how inhospitable, we will go there, and try to live there. My opinion is based on history. People migrated out of Africa, where they had evolved, into Eurpoe and Asia, which had relatively inhospitable climates. More recently, people have chosen to live at the South Pole, which is almost as desolate as the Moon.

Comment Bendix G-15 (Score 1) 620

The oldest computer I programmed was a Bendix G-15, a computer that used a drum for memory and vacuum tubes for logic. I stumbled on it at Cal Poly, a college in California. They said they had traded a jet engine for it.

The documentation for the computer ended with a letter from Bendix saying that Control Data had taken over responsibility for the computer line, and it was henceforth to be known as the CDC Bendix G-15. When I returned to the main part of the campus I told some students that the engineering lab up the hill had a Control Data computer..They were very impressed—they were making do with an IBM 360, whereas Control Data Coropration was well known for their fast comptuers.

Comment I too get someone else's e-mail (Score 1) 213

My name isn't very common, but there is a retired medical professional in California who shares it. I occasionally get e-mail on my gmail account directed at him: I have watched him retire, visit resorts and get his fancy car serviced. I once printed out some correspondence directed at him and sent it to his home address using the US Postal Service, but nothing changed. Sometimes I reply to the e-mail explaining that I am a computer programmer in New Hampshire, not a medical professional in California, and once I got a very polite response thanking me for pointing out the problem. Usually, though, I get no response.

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