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View Poll Results: How Old Are You?
Age Less Than 10 0 0%
Age 10 - 19 3 0.83%
Age 20 - 29 71 19.72%
Age 30 - 39 103 28.61%
Age 40 - 49 80 22.22%
Age 50 - 59 66 18.33%
Age 60 - 69 31 8.61%
Age 70 - 79 5 1.39%
Age 80 - 89 1 0.28%
Age Greater than 89 0 0%
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Old 08-30-2013, 12:29 AM   #121
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I just turned 77 while this thread is active, was only 76
when I posted last about starting out with version about
3 or 4. Not many of us old guys are computer guys. A lot
of us old guys though are veterans. It used to be that many
in the population were members of the military, but today
maybe less than 1 percent of us are serve in the military.

Any other of you old geezers out there veterans?
 
Old 08-30-2013, 09:18 AM   #122
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Originally Posted by volkerdi View Post
Is it a Smith Corona with a hard case and a black/red cloth ribbon?
Hermes 3000, with hard case(without manual and key, with original brushes) and black/red cloth ribbon


Since nobody voted under the age of 10, I will vote for my niece she is 7 (8 in September)
and knows how to login on conlose, startx, can use Gimp, SuperTuxKart, Firefox.
At console she runs a script I wrote to do some arithmetic.
I think her vote counts, what do you friends think?
 
Old 08-30-2013, 09:41 AM   #123
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Any other of you old geezers out there veterans?
Yup -- USNAR '66-'72, AQF.
 
Old 08-30-2013, 09:57 AM   #124
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Originally Posted by EldonCool View Post
I just turned 77 while this thread is active, was only 76
when I posted last about starting out with version about
3 or 4. Not many of us old guys are computer guys. A lot
of us old guys though are veterans. It used to be that many
in the population were members of the military, but today
maybe less than 1 percent of us are serve in the military.

Any other of you old geezers out there veterans?
USMC '65-70.
Between the the almost suicidal decline in the quality of public education and the lack of any sort of "national service," many, if not most, of the younger people I meet today don't have the first clue as to their rights and responsibilities as citizens, nor how their government is suppose to function. I have the uneasy feeling that many of our "elected representatives" have never read the Constitution or the Bill of Rights.


@tronayne,
"USNAR... AQF" ? I assume the first three letters represent the United States Navy, but the rest?
Thx.

Last edited by cwizardone; 08-30-2013 at 10:40 AM.
 
Old 08-30-2013, 10:23 AM   #125
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[QUOTE=cwizardone;5018927\
@tronayne,
"USNAR... AQF" ? I assume the first three letters represent the United States Navy, but the rest?
Thx.[/QUOTE]
Yeah, USN (United States Navy), AR (Air Reserve), AQF (Aviation Fire Control Technician Fire Control).

AQ existing from 1954 - 1991, it has since been changed to AT (see http://bluejacket.com/usn_ratings.html). The other AQ rating was AQB, Aviation Fire Control Technician Bomb Director.

It's weapons system(s) avionics (electronics), starting fires not putting them out.

The symbol was a flying theodolite, looks like a bar stool with wings.

Them were the days.

[EDIT]
Oh, forgot: I just finished rereading The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay. Essentially, the reasoning that went into the US Constitution to replace the Articles of Confederation.

That one should be mandatory in every school starting with the 6th grade and continuing though college.
[/EDIT]

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Old 08-30-2013, 10:39 AM   #126
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Yeah, USN (United States Navy), AR (Air Reserve), AQF (Aviation Fire Control Technician Fire Control).

AQ existing from 1954 - 1991, it has since been changed to AT (see http://bluejacket.com/usn_ratings.html). The other AQ rating was AQB, Aviation Fire Control Technician Bomb Director.

It's weapons system(s) avionics (electronics), starting fires not putting them out.

The symbol was a flying theodolite, looks like a bar stool with wings.

Them were the days.
Ah, so. Thanks, Squid. :-)))) <- Big grin.


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Oh, forgot: I just finished rereading The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay. Essentially, the reasoning that went into the US Constitution to replace the Articles of Confederation.

That one should be mandatory in every school starting with the 6th grade and continuing though college.
Couldn't agree more!
I would also suggest de Tocqueville's "Democracy in America."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexis_de_Tocqueville
 
Old 08-30-2013, 03:45 PM   #127
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I just turned 77 while this thread is active, was only 76
when I posted last about starting out with version about
3 or 4. Not many of us old guys are computer guys. A lot
of us old guys though are veterans. It used to be that many
in the population were members of the military, but today
maybe less than 1 percent of us are serve in the military.

Any other of you old geezers out there veterans?
USN '80-'83 and Israeli Army '87-'90
 
Old 08-30-2013, 03:49 PM   #128
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Ah, so. Thanks, Squid. :-)))) <- Big grin
Any time, Jarhead.

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Old 08-30-2013, 04:10 PM   #129
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Any time, Jarhead.
Semper Fi!
 
Old 08-31-2013, 10:08 AM   #130
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Let's not forget "On Liberty" by John Stewart Mill, particularly chapter 4 "Of The Limits To The Authority Of Society Over The Individual." But we digress.

Binary 1000000 is 64 in decimal. I can't wait to tell folks I'm 1,000,000 (how do you make a subscript 2?) years old. ...Well, come to think about it, yes, I can wait. I'll just say 0x40 and drop the 0x part.
 
Old 08-31-2013, 10:20 AM   #131
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Let's not forget "On Liberty" by John Stewart Mill, particularly chapter 4 "Of The Limits To The Authority Of Society Over The Individual." But we digress.

Binary 1000000 is 64 in decimal. I can't wait to tell folks I'm 1,000,000 (how do you make a subscript 2?) years old. ...Well, come to think about it, yes, I can wait. I'll just say 0x40 and drop the 0x part.
Just ask for back pay...
 
Old 08-31-2013, 09:09 PM   #132
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We must be a select group, old geezer veterans that use Linux.
 
Old 09-01-2013, 06:25 AM   #133
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Seems to have generated a lot of interest (or just curiosity): at this writing, 6,569 views, 131 replies and the graph is looking a whole lot like a bell curve, too. Must be something someone said...
 
Old 09-01-2013, 07:00 AM   #134
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The under representation of <20 year olds stands out. I'm curious whether that is specific to Slackware, or a wider trend, or perhaps it just reflects the LQ demographic.

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Old 09-01-2013, 07:23 AM   #135
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I have absolutely zero research to back this up but I'd bet that under-20 (and maybe up though under-30 as well) just don't use computers for much of anything. My great-nieces, 10, 11 and 15 live on iPhones, pretty much ignoring the "computers" at home except for school homework. They kind of think that I'm out of step because I hardly ever use a cellphone (I have one, it's in a little storage area in the instrument panel of my truck, turned off until I need it). They look at me strangely when I tell them to call the land line and leave a message if nobody answers and I can't "text" for beans without a keyboard.

It would seem that the declining market share for computers -- laptop and desktops -- has something to do with that. Don't see a lot of kids lugging computers around, but they're constantly thumbing away (not talking, just thumbing). What the heck, the average iPhone has more horsepower than the average laptop so why bother.

Maybe we're a dying breed, eh?

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