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  1. The US Military still uses 8 inch floppy disks on outdated IBM computers to run the nuclear missile systems. It's because they are incredibly hard to hack. The computers are essentially air-gapped and the old IBM computers are reliable. They could run for another 40 years with spare parts.

  2. Phyllis from "The Office" would pay bills and do Christmas shopping online from the office computers in the background.

  3. Alan Turing, WW2 codebreaker and father of modern computer science, was also a world-class distance runner of his time. He ran a 2:46 marathon in 1949 (2:36 won an olympic gold in 1948). His local running club discovered him when he overtook them repeatedly while out running alone for relaxation

  4. Shortly before she died, Majel Barrett recorded an entire library of phonetic sounds, allowing her voice to be used in future products outside of Star Trek and, quite possibly, as the computer voice in Star Trek: Discovery. Thus, she could live on as the voice of Starfleet possibly for all time.

  5. In 2005, Sony used music CDs to illegally install a rootkit virus on 22 million computers; and when caught, they released an uninstaller that failed to remove the rootkit, installed further programs and illegally collected user information

  6. Dennis H. Klatt, a computer scientist who programmed Stephen Hawking's voice box. He tirelessly worked on the code while undergoing treatment for cancer, which eventually took his own voice, and his life. Hawking never changed his voice program, saying, "My friend Dennis' voice is my voice"

  7. Clifford Stoll a sysadmin who’d tracked a $0.75 accounting error back to a an East German spy ring in one of the first documented cases of a computer break-in.

  8. After the failure of the 1986 film "Howard the Duck", George Lucas sold some of his assets to recoup the budget, including a computer-animated company to Steve Jobs. That company would go on to become Pixar.

  9. In 2003 a computer worm called ‘Welchia’ infected many computers to forcibly patch vulnerabilities and remove malware. It was regarded as a ‘helpful worm’

  10. Rather than try to save himself, Abraham Zelmanowitz, computer programmer and 9/11 victim, chose to stay in the tower and accompany his quadriplegic friend who had no way of getting out.

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Code breakdown by language and activity for my fall semester as a computer science senior.

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Made a python program that tracks cursor position on computer monitor. This is after about 1:40 on AOE, but there was a bug at the time halving the displayed numerical data in the

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Only about 8% of the world's money exists as physical money, the rest is on computers

The dept of Homeland Security ran an experiment where they left CDs and USB sticks in the parking lots of government buildings and private contractors. 60% of those who picked them up plugged the device into their office computers, and if it had an official logo, 90% of them were installed.

Back in the 1980's people were able to download Video Games from a radio broadcast by recording the sounds onto a cassette tape that they could then play on their computers.

Not only does Eminem not know how to work a computer, he refuses to learn. "If I learn how to work a computer, I'm going to be on that b**** all day looking at comments about me, and it's going to drive me crazy." His manager says anytime he reads a review it affects him for a long time.

In 1978 Apple Corps (founded by The Beatles) sued Apple Computers for trademark infringement winning $80,000USD. As a condition of the settlement Apple Computers also agreed to never enter the music business, which they later violated in 2003 at the launch of the iTunes Music Store.

A scientist at the University of Florida, USA, grew a "living 'brain'" -- "a network of 25,000 rat brain cells" -- that when "connected to an array of 60 electrodes that can interact with a computer" learned to fly a simulated F-22 stealth fighter jet in a range of weather conditions.

The MissingNo glitch in the Pokemon games was studied by sociologists due to its effect. 'The child's outlook towards the game was altered drastically. The presence of such elements broke the illusion of the game as an enclosed world and reminded them that "at heart, it's a computer program".'

A computer algorithm created by Stanford University can identify a human's sexuality based on photographs. If shown five images of any guy, it can predict if he is gay with a 91% accuracy. The “gaydar” program has not been made public.

Shakuntala Devi, also known as the human computer, gave the 23rd root of a 201 digit number in 50 seconds. The answer(546,372,891) was verified at the US Bureau of Standards by the UNIVAC 1101 computer, for which a special program had to be written to perform such a large calculation.

In 2008 Russian hackers managed to infiltrate a computer network that wasn't even connected to the internet. Bugged USB drives were planted in a kiosk outside NATO headquarters in the hope that a NATO employee would happen to buy one and use it on their classified network, which they did.

An elementary school's obscenity filter changed every reference to the word "tit" to "breast," so when a child typed "U.S. Constitution" into the school computer, it changed it to "Consbreastution"

Despite increases in computer power, each Shrek movie has taken about twice as many hours to render as the one before it. Dreamworks calls this "Shrek's Law".

Osama Bin Laden had the "Charlie Bit My Finger" video in his computer's audio/visual collection

First game of chess against a computer was played in 1952 by Alan Turing. Because there were no computers powerful enough to actually run the program Alan Turing "ran" the program manually on a piece of paper

In the early days of home computers, late 70's to early 80's, computer magazines featured code listings that readers would spend hours typing into their computer in order to play a game or have a certain program.

An officially recommended solution to a common problem with the Apple 3 was to "lift the computer two inches and drop it"

IBM Had To Delete 'Urban Dictionary' Data from The Watson Super Computer System Because The Machine Started Cursing.

Prison inmates in Ohio made a computer hidden in the ceiling, wich was connected to the prisons network

Jack Black's older half brother, Neil Siegel, is a prolific computer scientist and engineer who has developed key systems for the US military and inventions that make GPS possible in our phones.

Webcams were invented because some computer scientists were too lazy to get up to check if their coffee was done.

The space shuttle flew 135 missions with a flight computer that had less than 1% of the computing power as an XBox 360.

The first SMS text message ever sent was on December 3, 1992. It was sent by a 22 year old test engineer from his computer to a phone. The message simply read "Merry Christmas".

African-American physicist and mathematician Katherine Johnson calculated the trajectory for Alan Shepard's first space flight by hand. When NASA used computers for the first time to calculate John Glenn's orbit around Earth, officials called on Johnson to verify its numbers.

In 1997 supercomputer Deep Blue made a completely counter-intuitive move against chess player Garry Kasparov that got into his head and may have caused him to lose the match; It was later revealed that a bug caused the computer to make the move at random

Dexter Holland, lead singer of Offspring, was valedictorian of his school and had a masters in molecular biology before the band became famous. He since earned his PhD and published a paper on the use of computational molecular biological approaches to identify microRNA sequences in HIV

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U.S. computer science bachelor's degrees awarded by gender

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Hours of online computer gaming each week based on age. Close to 15% of 15-19 years old plays more than 40 hours a week