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Comment FORTRAN (Score 1) 616

on punched cards, put through a reader and then waiting for the operator to tear off your dot-matrix printed output to find out why it failed to compile (again). Within the hour, if they weren't too busy.

Later on a teletype connected via Gandalf modem to a Honeywell multics timesharing system.

Still later on a monochrome green CRT -- the first CRTs I'd ever seen. And the computer would respond in real time!

Finally from home on a Compaq luggable via 300 or 1200 baud modem over a telephone line. And then things really took off.

Comment Re:Fortran (Score 2) 616

Not from Calgary, by any chance, are you? They brought in Multics in my 3rd year of engineering -- after I'd already put in 2 years of late nights in the computing centre in the basement of Math Sciences, submitting FORTRAN programs in the form of punched card decks.

I can still read it, too; I read a paper last year with a FORTRAN subroutine printout appended and was able to pick out the transcription errors (undoubtedly made by the secretary who typed it up) which would have prevented it from compiling in the first place.

Comment Re:Legality (Score 1) 97

How is this even legal? It is a crime to waste the money of corporations..

It is a crime to waste the time of Slashdot readers with idiotic drivel like this.

Maybe some of these tech support companies will put him in prison or send someone to physically harm him.

The first of your suggestions is ludicrous. The second is (surprisingly, coming from you) indeed possible -- provided they can find him. They are criminal enterprises, after all. And there's hope for you! You actually had a coherent thought!

Comment Re:IMHO (Score 1) 176

Donald Knuth is an elitist. It is not necessary to have a background in mathematics to write software.

By this standard, anyone striving to enhance general knowledge in a field is an elitist. Albert Einstein was an "elitist". Richard Feynman was an "elitist". Carl Sagan was an "elitist".

I taught myself PHP and I certainly don't have any kind of mathematics background whatsoever. It isn't dumbing down as he claims. It's about creating opportunities. If you can code and you can do it well without mathematics, so be it. The math side is for those that want to do research. I work in the real world ....

As you didn't invent PHP yourself, you stand on the shoulders of giants to achieve what you are doing. Those giants quite possibly benefited from the work of Donald Knuth -- one of the true trailblazers of the field. Unknowingly and unwittingly, therefore, you are a vicarious beneficiary of his work. Have some respect.

Comment Re:What's the objection to a recount? (Score 1) 524

But the country insists on ignoring these systems. Oddly enough, every time this topic comes up on /., a nominally nerd-oriented side where I'd expect people to be fascinated by them, I post about them... and nearly always get ignored.

That's because you're making good sense. This is certainly not the forum for that.

Comment Re:Just more correlation (Score 3, Interesting) 89

I thought the same thing until I read TFA a second time. The authors mention oil production practices -- depletion without fluid replacement, which is rarely done anymore -- and they specifically cite an instance of an existing well located over the epicenter of the 1933 quake being deepened and surging in production 9 months prior to the actual quake. They go on to say that because production practices changed after 1935, no further correlation of quakes with drilling/production activity in the LA basin have been found. So there are mechanistic hints here: pressure depletion (evidenced by land subsidence) changing the energy balance in underlying strata.

I wonder if anyone has looked at the Middle East oil fields -- where primary production was common practice for much longer and wells are hugely prolific -- to see if there is a similar correlation with seismic activity there?

Comment Re:This is deeply offensive (Score 1) 410

What has this person done of note, other than charge lots of money for a product? I imagine some here will try to be civil, and ask him a serious question, but why? He is not a remarkable person, so please do not treat him as such. I know, I know, everyone is interesting in their own way, but then, we might as well interview a stomped cockroach on Slashdot next.

I'd really rather hear from the stomped cockroach.

Comment Re:Hasn't this been done before? (Score 0) 208

If MS made this a 1st class citizen of Visual Studio it might gain some traction.

The same Visual Studio that phones home with telemetry about what you're coding and how well it's going? Yeah, thanks very much but no thanks.

I mean, the irony is hilarious: Microsoft (MICROSOFT!) being concerned about language safety issues!

Comment Re:So wrong... (Score 1) 742

And one more:

"[...] reluctance to overthrow sovereign Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [...]"

In what dreamworld of Assange's was Gaddafi a "sovereign" leader by any stretch of the imagination? That's just ludicrous! Gaddafi seized power in a military coup in 1969 and clung to power for the next 42 years as a murderous despot. He is not forgotten and he is never missed. Libyans themselves shot him when they finally got the chance.

So ... that part is just complete horseshit, Julian.

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