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A counter-terrorism expert even weighed in, saying that the bollards were “overkill” and “excessive and ugly.” Nevertheless the bollards remained — until now.

Straphangers and people who work at the terminal said they won’t miss the giant stone boxes.

Our intern Alfred Ng shows how unobtrusive they are.

The MTA has agreed to tear out the massive granite barricades ringing the Long Island Rail Road’s Atlantic Terminal, finally admitting that the concrete coffins at the borough’s largest transit hub were excessive and ugly.

At the terminal’s unveiling, LIRR President Helena Williams defended the Egyptian-style tombs as necessary “in this day and age,” and claimed that the NYPD had assessed the risk and demanded such a security ring.

But we later learned that the NYPD did not mandate such security measures.An "intelligent" terminal does its own processing, usually implying a microprocessor is built in, but not all terminals with microprocessors did any real processing of input: the main computer to which it was attached would have to respond quickly to each keystroke.The term "intelligent" in this context dates from 1969.Most terminals were connected to minicomputers or mainframe computers and often had a green or amber screen.Typically terminals communicate with the computer via a serial port via a null modem cable, often using an EIA RS-232 or RS-422 or RS-423 or a current loop serial interface.Councilwoman Letitia James (D–Fort Greene) hailed the news.The transit agency “recognized the errors of its ways,” James said.Keyboard/printer terminals that came later included the IBM 2741 (1965) or "Visual Display Units" (VDUs), and used no CPU, instead relying on individual logic gates or very primitive LSI chips.Nevertheless, they quickly became extremely popular Input-Output devices on many different types of computer system once several suppliers gravitated to a set of common standards: The Datapoint 3300 from Computer Terminal Corporation was announced in 1967 and shipped in 1969, making it one of the earliest stand-alone display-based terminals.“There’s a lot of police here anyway,” said Abdul Karim, a vendor who’s sold hot dogs outside of the station for the past three years.“It’s very safe.” How could the LIRR ever justify using these ugly monsters? With all the other problems the MTA has, I think the bollards should be at the end of the "to do" list. The removal of the "ugly stones" is considered a triumph when so many areas of the subway still require substantial improvement in regards to accessibility, service, and safety.


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