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Comment: Re:"lava tubes" (Score 1) 124

by An ominous Cow art (#49303933) Attached to: Giant Lava Tubes Possible On the Moon

My first thought was the moon worms from Major Matt Mason stories/toys of the late 60s/early 70s.

Ah, ok:

There was also a Big Little Book, Moon Mission written by George S Elrick and illustrated by Dan Spiegle published in 1968 that had the astronaut and his friends confront both giant rabbits and huge burrowing worms on the moon.

I had the book and a couple of the astronaut toys. I didn't remember the rabbits until reading this...

Comment: Re:Not sure about that (Score 1) 274

by An ominous Cow art (#49283113) Attached to: Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World

A classic example is let/lassen. "Ich lasse mein Haar schneiden" doesn't literally mean "l let my hair be cut", although presumably it was a voluntary thing. However, the more precise translation would be "I have my hair cut", meaning, effectively that instead of permitting it to be done, I've ordered it to be done.

I noticed this while learning German as well, but I also noticed that you can see an echo of the German usage in programming/mathematics: LET X = 1, for example.

Comment: Re:Free Emulators for PDP-11 and VAX (Score 1) 62

by An ominous Cow art (#48091377) Attached to: Vax, PDP/11, HP3000 and Others Live On In the Cloud

This isn't a bad time to post a link to SIMH, too. It simulates:

        Data General Nova, Eclipse
        Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-1, PDP-4, PDP-7, PDP-8, PDP-9, PDP-10, PDP-11, PDP-15, VAX
        GRI Corporation GRI-909, GRI-99
        IBM 1401, 1620, 1130, 7090/7094, System 3
        Interdata (Perkin-Elmer) 16b and 32b systems
        Hewlett-Packard 2114, 2115, 2116, 2100, 21MX, 1000
        Honeywell H316/H516
        MITS Altair 8800, with both 8080 and Z80
        Royal-Mcbee LGP-30, LGP-21
        Scientific Data Systems SDS 940
        SWTP 6800

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