Throwing down the glove [was Re: Nanotech/Opensource: Opinions Needed.]

From: Robert J. Bradbury (
Date: Sun Jul 16 2000 - 22:00:06 MDT

On Sun, 16 Jul 2000, Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:

> Harvey Newstrom wrote:
> >
> > I currently use my iMac to run these operating systems: MacOS, Mac X,
> > BSD Unix, AT&T Unix, Linux, Mach-10, NextStep, DOS, Windows 3.1,
> > Windows 95, Windows NT, Windows 2000, OS/2, BeOS and AppleII.
> You win.

Not clear. Just because you run all of those things doesn't mean
you rack up the points (I myself have used 9 or 10 of 15), plus
one not mentioned by Harvey -- the original "Lisa". What matters also
is the "degree of difficulty". Now there, I've helped construct a
PDP-10 simulator (36-bit words) that ran quite nicely (but slowly)
on a PDP-11 (16-bit words) and used it to recompile DEC's Fortran 77
compiler (written in Bliss-11). Wadaya say to that -- piiilgrim?

Actually, I think one of the most outrageous claims I've heard with regard
to software development was made with regard to personal coding rate by
Carl Feynman at Extro3. Anyone else have good stories?


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