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Comment: Ric Weiland (Score 1) 224

by Beorytis (#46869479) Attached to: 50 Years of BASIC, the Language That Made Computers Personal

I would have liked to hear from Ric Weiland but it's not possible since he died in 2006. He was responsible for the BASIC that I learned on: The Microsoft BASIC-in-ROM that came with my family's Ohio Scientific Challenger 4P (a 6502-based system from 1978 that had hardware similarities to Commodore systems). It also featured the first "Easter Egg" I remember: The system's boot prompt was "C/W/M?" (i.e. cold boot, warm boot, monitor). If you selected "A", it responded with "WRITTEN BY RICHARD W. WEILAND."

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 94

by Beorytis (#45093565) Attached to: Google Offers Cash For Security Fixes To Linux and Other FOSS Projects

Google isn't hiring people to actually look at the code and submit changes if problems were found (either internally patched/unreleased, or publicly available; The license allows for either). That would be the truly responsible thing to do.

Maybe they plan on hiring people, but they're establishing the market wages for that job in advance.

An Ada exception is when a routine gets in trouble and says 'Beam me up, Scotty'.