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At the NY MOMA exhibit (sadly static) I saw dozens of people explaining to their kids how the boards updated with a clacka-clacka-clacka. I could see the nostlagia in their eyes. For some reason the kids didn't see the connection between this and the airport monitors typically displaying the "Windows has encountered a problem and needs to be restarted" dialogue.
My guess is that e.g. the "BER" is from numBER or novemBER or somesuch. I have no idea if the LINC computer was important enough to be immortalised here. However, no luck looking for quotations with e.g. octoBER LINC LOCK... etc.
Maybe a bit longer that you want, but the UNIX 6th Edition source code, as presented in John Lions' commentary book is excellent reading. Clean, functional code with some well-documented "wow" moments.
Drug companies often find that biological science from academia cannot be reproduced (or is much less robust than indicated. Amgen and Bayer have both published on this topic, and when they called the researchers to ask why, they were told that the bettter results had been picked for the publication. Reuters article
Plus they are doing it at the behest of their evil human overlords, so this is MURDER, rather than "suicide"....but "NASA murders their worker [robots]" probably isn't the kind of headline they'd like.