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Comment: SDS/XDS Fortran IV compiler authors (Score 1) 285

by NikeHerc (#47416903) Attached to: The World's Best Living Programmers
Several of us were talking recently about the SDS/XDS Fortran IV compiler. If my memory is correct, Steve Hartman (not sure of the spelling) and Buzz O'Gard (not sure of this spelling either) were the authors. I would definitely nominate them as the best programmers, along with whoever wrote the MetaSymbol assembler.

In addition to a number of amazing features, Fortran IV had the first Easter egg I ever saw, a funny compiler message that came out if you used a GO TO JAIL statement.

Comment: Re:So who is behind this? (Score 1) 112

by NikeHerc (#47379121) Attached to: FCC Proposal To Limit Access To 5725-5850 MHz Band
... on my local cable system, The Weather Channel has been replaced by the lamer WeatherNation...

There's something lamer than the Weather Channel? Hard to imagine. It was ok (exception noted below) before they tried to be the next Today show, now it's approaching worthless. I don't want endless moronic, idle chitchat, I want the weather.

Exception: whoever thought it was a good idea for the Wx Channel to broadcast all the idiotic reality crap needs to go back to the janitorial crew.

Comment: a bit of history (Score 1) 179

by NikeHerc (#47255503) Attached to: Russian RD-180 Embargo Could Boost American Rocket Industry

Comment: Re:Not "important work" (Score 1) 422

by NikeHerc (#47104449) Attached to: Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work
... "spreadsheets should not be used for work that's not suitable for spreadsheets".

I previously worked for a multi-billion dollar, multi-national company that everyone has heard of. They did the goofiest things imaginable with spreadsheets and thought they were providing us tools. It was similar to using jello to build a hundred foot tall tower.

As someone else wrote, most people who build spreadsheets have no business building spreadsheets.

I often convert the things to plain text files so I can use Unix or Linux tools such as grep, awk, less, and others.

Comment: not good enough (Score 1) 230

by NikeHerc (#46928733) Attached to: One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983
Good Enough For Government Work In 1983 isn't good enough, even for government work.

In the mid- to late-70s, our XDS Sigma computers ( were doing everything online (unless you really wanted to do it offline for some reason). As many as 16 offline ("batch") jobs ran at one time with (in our environment) about 60 to 70 online users. And this was with one CPU and two megabytes (yes, 2MB) of memory.

People knew how to code operating systems well with few resources back in those days.

This is a good time to punt work.