Finally, the team point out that since the technique makes few assumptions about the languages themselves, it can be used on argots that are entirely unrelated.
Once again, Star Trek is ahead of the curve.
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System admins don't need and generally aren't capable of making C-langauge source changes for using software in normal configs.
That's news to me. I think you might underestimate sysadmins.
The problem with a lot of British computer companies was, as usual, lack of vision. LEO Computers was an offshoot from a bakers; the engineers themselves always thought that they would be "found out" by the "real" computer companies before too long, and it would all be over for them. They were proud of their work, but had a small-world, almost cottage industry attitude. It's no wonder that the Americans wiped the floor with the British and European companies.
Computing in the UK really had a head start on the US in many ways, but in usual form it was underfunded and lacked vision; in many ways it suffered from the 50's post-war glow that "Britain Will Always Be Great". Once the Americans got in on the act they of course wiped the floor with everyone, and then socialist government meddling in the 60's just about finished off any hope of the UK compan[y|ies] being able to fight back.
This is like this news stories you see where they tell you what someone is going to "announce" later. If we already know what they're going to say, why are you telling me before they've said it?
The only people who'll pretend to be outraged by this will be the Daily Mail, and we'll all giggle at them when someone makes a joke about them on Have I Got News For You.