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Comment Re:It could work. (Score 0) 686

It's not a theory, it's the truth.

In fact the mkLinux you mention was originally a port done by two guys named Mark and Karl, hence "mk".

Steve Jobs saw Slackware on a CD and, being that he wanted to see the floppy disk die, he chose that distro to port as Mac OSX. Most other distros at that point were still on floppy disk. Woz and Seymour Cray were drinking buddies so when they needed some high performance multi-threading support from Cray's UNICOS system, Woz tapped his pal and got access to the necessary code for a handshake rather than the usual multi-million dollar licensing fees.

The whole "NeXTSTEP" thing was to fool investors into thinking they had a solid product, not something they hacked out over a few weeks. In fact if you do any development on Mac OSX or iOS, you will see "ns_____" things called all the time. The "ns" does not mean "NextStep" as many people think. It means "Nice Seymour" as a tip of the hat to the man that made all that code available for free.

I remember all this like it was yesterday.

Comment Re:It could work. (Score 0) 686

Nope. OSX is a fork/mix of early Slackware Linux with some earlier Cray UNICOS multi-threading library support.

NeXTSTEP is based on AT&T SysV UNIX with graphical libraries borrowed from Ashton-Tate's (ahead of its time) Framework suite. If memory serves I think they also uses some of CP/M's successor MP/M 86 for some sweet multiuser stuff.

I remember it all like it was yesterday!

Comment Re:It could work. (Score 2) 686

Good thing you mentioned Apple's OSX, I forgot about that one in my well-researched history.

OSX is a fork of Linux, Slackware specifically, which itself is some original old Linux code with some Cray UNICOS bolted on for what was then some decent HPC.

Comment It could work. (Score 5, Funny) 686

Remember that forks sometimes do succeed.

Take Linux. It forked from OpenBSD which itself was forked from QNX with smatterings of FreeBSD code.

QNX programmed itself from vacuum tubes and trace wires left on the ground at Quantum Software in Ottawa one evening. Dan Hildebrand (RIP) apparently had something to do with this metamorphosis.

Meanwhile across the ocean, FreeBSD was forked from Windows 95 which itself came from the unholy union of MS-DOS and the GEM environment. MS-DOS was bought from a company in Washington State and was a fork of CP/M. GEM was a stand alone thing and should never have been born.

Where was I? Oh yeah, CP/M. CP/M was a copy of Apple's SOS used in the Apple /// series of super-powerful business computers. The source code was left at an airport where Gary Kildall read it when his plane was on auto-pilot.

Apple SOS was a mix/fork of Apple ProDOS and TRS-80's OS; I forget the name, not important. Radio Shack forked their TRS-80 OS from some source code they saw in Lions' Commentary on UNIX 6th Edition.


Comment Re:so, YOU'RE saying... (Score 1) 194

"You get more of what you subsidize"

Apparently, what you really want is more obscenely overpriced committee-designed rehashed space shuttle hardware.

Face it, this is an extravagantly expensive social program for keeping engineers with overly bureaucratic personalities out of trouble.

Comment Re: Does Excel work yet? (Score 0) 119

All computer numerical models are imprecise.

Accountants have a favorite model. It's full of its own errors (like rounding many intermediate results to only two digits of fractional precision), but these are the errors accountants are used to seeing, regardless of how large the errors are. So they go on and on about how "superior" their model is when other models come up with slightly different results, even if those results might sometimes be closer to the abstract ideal. Accountants are smug in their knowledge that their peers can calculate erroneous results that exactly match their own.

Comment Re:Fixed summary (Score 1) 21

What good is being pedantic if you're still using arbitrary anthropocentric units? Let's really fix the summary:

yyzmcleod sends news that AeroVelo, a Canadian team of engineers and students, has built a bike that successfully broke the human-powered land speed record. (This is the same group that built a human-powered helicopter 1.1e51 tp before present.) The team's Eta recumbent speed bike managed a speed of 1.2779283e-07 c. The previous record was 1.2391581e-07 c.

The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison