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Calculator Saves Woman's Life
Posted by Duncan & Travis on 7 July 2010, 22:13 GMT

It's not exactly easy to get at the article text, but the Today show has an article on a Tennessee college student whose calculator stopped a bullet for her. She encountered an armed mugger who grabbed her cell phone and fired at her. Fortunately, the shot missed, instead hitting her purse. Her TI-83 Plus (along with some other items in her purse) took the hit and stopped the bullet, saving her life.

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Re: Calculator Saves Woman's Life
schoolhacker hacker  Account Info
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wow...
this here is proof that we should all carry our TI calcs with us at all times! XD

Reply to this comment    7 July 2010, 23:52 GMT

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KermMartian  Account Info
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Judging by my preferred calculator carrying location of my left pants pocket, the only thing my calculator would be protecting from bullets would be my hip.

Reply to this comment    8 July 2010, 14:11 GMT

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schoolhacker hacker  Account Info
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yeah... same here...

and side ways too

Reply to this comment    8 July 2010, 19:34 GMT


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Steve Randle Account Info

If I was programming on it, then most likely it would save me.

Reply to this comment    13 July 2010, 23:55 GMT


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zeromp  Account Info

We'll all have to start carrying a full vest of calculators just to be safe. Does anybody have any ideas for a calculator helmet, shin guards, and jock strap?

Reply to this comment    9 July 2010, 03:18 GMT

Re: Calculator Saves Woman's Life
Lewk Account Info
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I think we should all have a moment of silence for the brave caculator that lost it's life saving this woman.

Reply to this comment    8 July 2010, 00:38 GMT

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Andrew V  Account Info
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Reply to this comment    8 July 2010, 01:14 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Calculator Saves Woman's Life
Andrew V  Account Info
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Now that the moment has passed, are you sure it's really gone? Those things are bricks, $10 says it still works.

Reply to this comment    8 July 2010, 15:56 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Calculator Saves Woman's Life
Steve Randle Account Info

Doesn't matter what your $10 says...the article says otherwise :)

Reply to this comment    8 July 2010, 21:28 GMT


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KermMartian  Account Info
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I bet it's just the screen that's trashed, and if you connected it to a serial link that all its files would be intact.

Reply to this comment    9 July 2010, 01:40 GMT


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zeromp  Account Info

That way she could recover her favorite quadratic formula program.

Reply to this comment    9 July 2010, 03:13 GMT


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Steve Randle Account Info

Yup...I would hate to lose my precious, 70-byte quadratic formula program XD

Reply to this comment    13 July 2010, 23:52 GMT


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Spencer Coleman  Account Info

Well what if the bullet entered through the top and exited lower down on the backside? If you look how it entered into the purse, the calc would have had its top facing the gun. That surely would have destroyed the processor.

Reply to this comment    11 September 2010, 23:53 GMT


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Travis Evans  Account Info

 

Reply to this comment    8 July 2010, 01:16 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Calculator Saves Woman's Life
Kevin Ouellet Account Info
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lolwut how did you do that?

Reply to this comment    8 July 2010, 01:36 GMT


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Person Dude Account Info

he put one space

Reply to this comment    8 July 2010, 19:21 GMT


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Travis Evans  Account Info

The system doesn't allow comments with just spaces, but it doesn't know about UTF8 nonbreaking space characters (please don't abuse it, though). :-)

Reply to this comment    9 July 2010, 01:35 GMT

Re: Calculator Saves Woman's Life
Kevin Ouellet Account Info
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Note: this article dates back in 2008, but it doesn't really matter much, since nobody have posted it on calc sites/channels before TI-BANK did this week.

I was shockedy when I saw the calc saved that poor girl life. I would hate to get attacked like this. I'm not sure how I would react if it suddently happened to me.

Reply to this comment    8 July 2010, 01:02 GMT


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schoolhacker hacker  Account Info
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i would feel really said still...
since my calc would be broken... T.T

Reply to this comment    8 July 2010, 03:28 GMT

Re: Calculator Saves Woman's Life
Ronakbhai Account Info
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Wow. I don't know what I would've done either. Hopefully my TI is as quick witted as hers was.

Reply to this comment    8 July 2010, 01:27 GMT


Re: Re: Calculator Saves Woman's Life
yunhua11  Account Info
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nah... I would give up myself to save my TI. (j/k)

Reply to this comment    8 July 2010, 01:47 GMT

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