destinyland writes: Amazon fulfilled a massive number of pre-Black Friday orders last week just for post-hurricane items like gas-powered generators. And just two days after Hurricane Sandy hit, a New York City man ordered a bicycle from Amazon at 4 p.m. — and was amazed that it showed up on his doorstep by 8 a.m. the next morning! "I'm trying to figure out how I can order stuff from Amazon to be delivered to the people who need it on Staten Island or the Jersey Shore," he remembered later, "because apparently Amazon are the only people who can get things places right now...!" His bicycle cost less than a week's worth of taxis — and in fact, New York's transportation department reported 17,000 more bicyclists on the Brooklyn Bridge, and the three other biggest bridges in Manhattan, Queensboro, and WIlliamsburg.
COMPASS [for the CDC-6000 series] is the sort of assembler one expects from
a corporation whose president codes in octal.
-- J.N. Gray