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Comment: Re:And the Spinning BeachBall of Death? Sad Mac? (Score 1, Insightful) 61

by Brett Buck (#49211363) Attached to: Classic Mac Icons Archive Bought By MOMA

I have used Macs since they existed, and I never once saw the Sad Mac, aside from looking it up, or seeing it in documentation. The spinning beach ball was also exceptionally rare until OS X came along, now you do see that one occasionally.

    On "IBM machines" AKA DOS machines , I have seen xxx failed, Abort, Retry, Fail? almost incessantly. Not artistic, not particular memorable, aside from being drilled into one's head like "Polly Want a Cracker?" is for parrots.

Comment: News? (Score 5, Interesting) 33

People have been launching sounding rockets into the aurora borealis for something like 60 years - in the many hundreds, if not thousands. The facilities in AK and Canada are far and away the most active sounding rocket sites in the world because of it.

    How is this news?

Comment: Re:What's the term for a prophylactic prediction? (Score 1) 677

by Brett Buck (#49041639) Attached to: Empirical Study On How C Devs Use Goto In Practice Says "Not Harmful"

Whether he was right or wrong, people have taken his statements, as with most religious zealots, to the ultimate ridiculous end.

      I heard the capper in about 1988 or so, when one of our customers asked, during a code review, if an unconditional branch in assembly code wasn't just like a GOTO, which was prohibited.


"Now this is a totally brain damaged algorithm. Gag me with a smurfette." -- P. Buhr, Computer Science 354