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Originally posted by freedomSlave
reply to post by bluestar.ranch
No the economy is so bad because manufacturing has been out sourced , The banks and corporations are taking free tax money for their efforts of ripping off it's customers . has nothing really to do with smart phones that are manufactured anywhere but in the usa.
Also I really hate voice mail seeing how many people will listen to the message just to hang up after they hear a beep .
I really don't get about peoples dislike about technology no one is forcing them to use it.
Originally posted by jimmiec
Like my grandma said 50 years ago. " That damn TV will be our ruination!" Grandma was always right. It has been down hill from there. The days of doing math in your head or with a pencil and paper are long gone. Technology is dumbing down the world little by little. There will be unintended consequences.
The abacus, that ancient, no-batteries-required, bead-based calculator, is making a comeback in after-school programs across Canada. The schools, which are modelled after programs common across India and Japan, use the low-tech tool to teach children to perform complex calculations without the help of pen or paper. Dozens have taken root in Canada over the past eight years, mostly in areas dense with Southeast Asian immigrants.
The period 2700–2300 BC saw the first appearance of the Sumerian abacus, a table of successive columns which delimited the successive orders of magnitude of their sexagesimal number system. Some scholars point to a character from the Babylonian cuneiform which may have been derived from a representation of the abacus. It is the belief of Old Babylonian scholars such as Carruccio that Old Babylonians "may have used the abacus for the operations of addition and subtraction; however, this primitive device proved difficult to use for more complex calculations"