• Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    OTOH it's written into the US Constitution that the highest-ranked member of the US military (Commander-in-chief, I think you call them?) in the US gets to walk into the Capitol Building every year to give a speech and the elected...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    I recall reading an early paper on unix where Ritchie and/or Thompson said ease of typing was a novel design goal they adopted, but I can't find the reference. I remember the culture shock I suffered upon being introduced to...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Actually the votes are counted by people who are paid. I did it last time and got around £75. My wife did it this time for two days and picked up around £200. Paper ballots are way superior to the...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Regarding #222: what is TPTP? Additionally, wouldn't it be more accurate to call it 'Closest to the post' instead of 'First past the post'? Wherever that post is, with enough candidates, you needn't get anywhere near it to win, let...
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    In the mid-seventies the Rand Corporation produced a windowing editor for V5 Unix that showed multiple views of the same or different files. It was begat from the Yale editor, which ran on PDP-10s and which didn't have the multiple...
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