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#13 - thenewnuggubler (08/01/2013) [-]
Call me a moron for not completely understanding it, but in the first one, those women were born in 1941, and it says the problem was a computer error. How was social security managed by computers in 1941? I really gotta doubt that computers were used like that, in the 40's. Maybe I'm wrong, but it just doesn't seem to make sense.
#24 to #13 - stankfinger (08/01/2013) [-]
Actually from doing a bit of research I've found out two things. A) The first time they issued out SS cards were through typing centers located out America so at most it was still a computer, just one based on old typewriters, which are old mechanical computers. B) Until 1986 it was rare to be given a SS card before the age of 14, so if they were born in 1941, they wouldn't have been given one till the age of 14, or the year 1955, which in that same year according to a bit of research the idea of artificial intelligence is coined as a word and work to research such an idea is started. Also computers in 1955 were only 3 cubic feet.
User avatar #29 to #24 - thenewnuggubler (08/01/2013) [-]
That was my best guess, too, but I just figured it wouldn't have been left to mechanical computers.
#21 to #13 - xxxsonic fanxxx (08/01/2013) [-]
they would have been paper records originally and then transferred to computer at somepoint (maybe in the 80s). Sometimes you will get transcription errors because the data entry person can't read the original handwriting etc.
#19 to #13 - bazda (08/01/2013) [-]
You're absolutely right. It's ******** . IF computers even existed in the 40's, they'd be nothing more than calculators, they'd be the size of a house, and slow as **** .
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