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I remember reading, in a Heinlein sci-fi thing, something like "People who don't know how to use a slide rule shouldn't be allowed to vote.

I thought it sucked shit at the time. I was about eleven.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri May 13th, 2016 at 04:32:49 PM EST
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I've run into that remark in at least 3 of his juveniles, or something to that effect.  Fortunately they are asides and easily ignored.  I taught Space Cadet, Citizen of the Galaxy, and Spaceman Jones in upper-intermediate ESL classes in middle school, with good resuts every time.
by Zwackus on Fri May 13th, 2016 at 07:54:32 PM EST
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You do have to admit that learning to use a slide rule is a hell of a lot easier than learning to program in most languages.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri May 13th, 2016 at 10:12:54 PM EST
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I wouldn't know. I was just barely young enough that, although I played with elder siblings' slide rules, I never learned to use one properly.
Technology is good. I don't miss fountain pens either.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Sat May 14th, 2016 at 06:40:45 PM EST
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... and I was just barely old enough to learn to program in high school.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Sat May 14th, 2016 at 06:41:49 PM EST
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You'll find that opinion, express or implied, strewn throughout his work.  Fartship Poopers is even worse,  I nice demonstration of there being no meaningful difference between Randian libertarianism and fascism.
by rifek on Mon May 16th, 2016 at 05:57:46 PM EST
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I liked how the movie showed a fascist tale in fascist esthetics and by doing so showed how close it is to standard Hollywood action tales and their esthetics.
by fjallstrom on Tue May 17th, 2016 at 05:57:47 AM EST
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