Sean Eric Fagan

Sean Eric Fagan

  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Tempers appear to be flaring, and responses are starting to get heated. Please cool it for a while....
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Maybe I have been missing out on all the thrilling fantasy stories about refactoring the spells before they collapse under their own complexity What do you think Cthulhu is?...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    See also The Broken Crescent, by S. Andrew Swann. Much grimmer than Cook, but a more in-depth discussion of the magic system....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    MSDOS used CR+LF because CP/M (an 8-bit OS) did. Not because it had more memory or larger storage capacity....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Mac files traditionally had Creator and Type; each of those were 16 bit numbers (not necessarily ascii), stored in the FinderInfo structure. HFS had two sets of extents for the file -- data fork, and resource fork. The resource fork...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    wrote a webserver in Applesoft BASIC that does a decent job of serving up webpages. blink...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Fun historical note: the FPU emulator on Xenix and SysVr3.2 for the '386 ran in ring 1. The kernel ran in ring 0, and user mode ran in ring 3. This allowed the FPU to have a bit of privilege,...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    IBM also made a 68k based computer (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_System_9000) at the same time as their original PC....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I worked in '286 *nix for a long time. It had a couple of slight problems with its memory management that caused problems -- including one particular run of processors (from AMD) not handling a segment-not-present case, meaning it couldn't...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I keep typing a response, and then starting over, so I think I'm just going to have to quote history: "The question of whether Machines Can Think... is about as relevant as the question of whether Submarines Can Swim."...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    sendmail configuration is turing complete. :)...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    NOS's filesystem was a tape metaphor, so you had to do things like rewind a file after writing it. And files could have more than one EOF -- you read until you got EOT. It was not in any way...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    There's no reason for there to be more than one assembly language, and one high-level language. In a planned computer revolution, you'd probably want to have a couple of different ones, but for the most part, sticking with a variant...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    CDC 6000 series was designed -- and many hand-built -- by Seymour Cray. The Cray-1 instruction set was pretty much identical, but with vector register instructions added. The Cybers used secondary, external processors to handle I/O; these processors were barrel-rolled...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    You know, you can say whatever you want, but from the Wikipedia article: the Court unanimously affirmed the decision of the Federal Circuit that the patent exhaustion doctrine does not permit a farmer to plant and grow saved, patented seeds...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowman_v._Monsanto_Co. has a nice summary of the case....
  • Commented on Excuses
    Questions! Who taught the Alfar Enochian? Did the Alfar create the v-parasite, or only domesticate it?...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    In many of the places being discussed, flood insurance is already split out -- partially for risk isolation, and partially due to government subsidies. So, yeah, expect that to expand. Also expect the GOP to continue their work of preventing...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Insulation + bitcoin mining will keep houses warm in the winter!...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    Interesting. To me, in writing, extra credit is adding additional bits that aren't strictly necessary for the story -- one example that comes to mind is Steven Brust blending a Vlad Taltos scene with a scene from Amber. (Putting Devora...
  • Commented on Book day!
    So there'll still be humans around until the 22nd century? That's the most optimistic thing you've said about the series......
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Considering that there are billions or trillions of beings involved, one individual even if possessing god-like powers is insufficient to win the war Remember that the more powerful Bob is, the more magic as a whole is in the system,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I'm not sure that the Eater of Souls is sentient outside of a human host. In addition to the Deep Ones, there are the Chthonians....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Some of the Tesla superchargers are that -- they're referred to as "destination chargers." The one I used to use a lot was at Harris Ranch; this is a 90-120 minute drive from home, and the restaurant has superchargers. But...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    The 6400 was a 170-state before the name stuck. Same instruction set, same architecture. Just more of the units were hand-wired by Seymour. I use the term to differentiate it from the 180-state Cybers, and then the 200 series which...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Heads-up displays. Totally freaky until you get used to them, and then totally addictive....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    CDC 170-state Cybers had really good FORTRAN compilers. Amazing optimization. Too much so, in fact: the compiler would note that 3.14159 was used in multiple places, and assign it a single memory location. And then a function could change the...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    The executives had problems with understanding open source business models. (Remember, I left in '91 to go to Cygnus.)...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Last time I checked -- long time ago so it's not necessarily still the case -- long-haul was still done using ATM, which at 64 bytes per packet doesn't map well to IP, resulting in a series of decisions about...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    You really may want to try researching before scoffing. (To actually respond to your attempt at sarcasm: I am actually credited in multiple man pages across various *nix implementations. Usually only where I wrote the man page to go along...
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