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Comment Re: Not "continuously" in the geek sense of the wo (Score 2) 137

"an old microchannel PC" - so relatively fancy in fact. The quality and reliability of IBM's Micro Channel machines (and their small number of licensees) was a notch or two above the typical AT clones of the time. In particular they were designed with some attention to airflow and cooling, rather than just a box with a fan in it, so would be more likely to survive a dust-covered existence.

Comment Re: Unfortunately no and I have a reason (Score 1) 381

It reminds me of Anthony Burgess's novel A Clockwork Orange. He realized that any real-world slang would soon become out of date so he invented his own slang language, Nadsat, for the characters to speak. Of course, this can be taken too far, where the made-up language comes to dominate the work with the story being an afterthought. Like some of JRR Tokien's works, for example. In fact you could say that TAOCP is the LOTR of computer science.

Comment Re: Unfortunately no and I have a reason (Score 1) 381

See what Joel Spolsky wrote:

If you show a nonprogrammer a screen which has a user interface which is 100% beautiful, they will think the program is almost done.

People who aren't programmers are just looking at the screen and seeing some pixels. And if the pixels look like they make up a program which does something, they think "oh, gosh, how much harder could it be to make it actually work?"

Comment Re:Adjective of Venus (Score 5, Informative) 125

As far as I know we say Martian because of the Latin Martis (which is the genitive case of the noun; Mars is the nominative). By the same rule Veneris is the genitive of Venus.

Looking on etymonline.com I see that Venerian was the older form of the word but has been displaced by Venusian. A pity.

Comment Nobody knows yet (Score 3, Informative) 165

While Brexit means London soon won't have access to the EU's open market across the continent,

Nobody knows yet whether this will turn out to be true. The negotiators may be able to cook up some deal that keeps the UK within the single market but outside the European Union (broadly as happens for Norway). On the other hand, a complete break is also a possibility.

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