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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

Open Source

Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In" 993

Posted by samzenpus
from the let-the-flamewar-begin dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Free software programmer Lennart Poettering has been part of his fair share of controversy in the open source community, and his latest essay may raise the most eyebrows yet. Poettering takes on the idea that the community is one big happy family and has some harsh words for the loudest and most obnoxious members. He says in part: "I don't usually talk about this too much, and hence I figure that people are really not aware of this, but yes, the Open Source community is full of a#@&oles, and I probably more than most others am one of their most favourite targets. I get hate mail for hacking on Open Source. People have started multiple 'petitions' on petition web sites, asking me to stop working (google for it). Recently, people started collecting Bitcoins to hire a hitman for me (this really happened!). Just the other day, some idiot posted a 'song' on youtube, a creepy work, filled with expletives about me and suggestions of violence. People post websites about boycotting my projects, containing pretty personal attacks. On IRC, people /msg me sometimes, with nasty messages, and references to artwork in 4chan style. And there's more. A lot more."

In Nature there are neither rewards nor punishments, there are consequences. -- R.G. Ingersoll

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