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Comment Re:This better not be misused... (Score 2) 389

Competitor: Wow! Call the lawyers! Open the champagne! We're set for life!

At the same time, at every major lawfirm: Quick, call Competitor and ask them if they would like our services for 5% of the award!

At the same time, at Apple and consumer rights societies: Quick, issue a press release!

Comment Re:Not British (Score 1) 258

AmigaDOS was the shell / file system component of the whole AmigaOS, not the core of the OS. Not sure what fraction I'd call that (maybe 10%?). And yes, that part was based on TRIPOS. The core was Exec (message passing, threading, scheduling, memory allocation, etc), which is the bit written by Carl Sassenrath.

David Gay, who spent a lot of time programming his Amiga 1000/2500...

Comment Re:not relevant if reducible to mathmatics. (Score 2) 323

Fallacy of composition, people. Its like making the argument "This chair is of wood, which came from trees, and you can't patent a tree, therefore you can't patent this chair!". Just because all software is reducible to math doesn't mean you can't patent some of it. This is as likely to open the door to patenting mathematics as making chairs will open the door to patenting trees.

Actually this just shows you don't understand programming. The inherent nature of a chair is not a tree. The inherent nature of a program/programming language IS its semantics, which is defined mathematically if you have any desire to be rigorous (and aren't patents supposed to be precise?). The only rigorous definition of a program is a mathematical equation.

David Gay
PS: Lookup axiomatic, denotational or operational semantics for details.

Comment Re:Have you been to the U.S., at all - ever? (Score 1) 705

You only see the differences with California or Ohio because you don't have an external reference point to see the similarities (similarly, most English people don't see the similarities with the US as well as, e.g., French people who know both the US and England).

David Gay

Comment Re:The processor that sunk HP's UNIX line (Score 1) 235

You may have long argued that, but if you actually looked at its history (how the architecture was defined, etc), you would actually understand that Itanium(ic) is a not-very-successful(*) joint HP-Intel project.

David Gay
*: For ambitious definitions of success.

Comment Re:You are aware, aren't you... (Score 1) 580

[...] so that we can check for proper spelling?

Spoken like somebody who has never paid any attention to the difficulty of transliterating (not translating) Cyrillic.

As an example, from wikipedia (and note that the first letter of Tchaikovsky is the same as the first letter of Chernobyl...):

His names are also transliterated "Piotr" or "Petr"; "Ilitsch", "Il'ich" or "Illyich"; and "Tschaikowski", "Tschaikowsky", "Chajkovskij" and "Chaikovsky" (and other versions; the transliteration varies among languages).

Comment Re:Bullshit. (Score 1) 832

There are valid reasons not to want to get vaccinated, and people have the right to decide for themselves and their children. Am I saying it's the right decision not to vaccinate yourself or kids? No, not generally - but there are times where it may be, and people need to make that decision for themselves.

I'm sorry, but no. Vaccination is not effective if it's not sufficiently widely used. So arguing for arbitrary opt-out is arguing to be allowed to let other people die. You may think that that makes you a worthy person, but the rest of us will disrespectfully disagree.

David Gay

Comment Re:I have a story (Score 3, Interesting) 65

Good times. In those days, there was a rule: never meet anyone from the internet IRL. That used to be condsidered a good way to end up in a bodybag.

One of the sillier comments I've seen on slashdot... (weird yes, but bodybags is ridiculous)

David Gay, who did use the internet in 1993, and met people IRL in 1994...

Genius is ten percent inspiration and fifty percent capital gains.