Re: Extropians Mailing List - Approval Procedure

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Wed Nov 08 2000 - 21:54:03 MST

Spike Jones wrote:
> Oh, yes, thats another thing from the old days, my young friends.
> We used to get software by having the code printed out in
> a magazine. Then we typed it into our computer. And ran it.
> Programs were shorter in those days.

Ha, I may be young, but even I can one-up that one. Not only did I have to
type the program into the computer by hand, I had to retype the program into
the computer each time I turned it on. It had no persistent storage. I think
I was around six, seven years old.

"And we walked twenty miles to the schoolhouse /
 Barefoot, and uphill (both ways!) /
 In winter, and even in summer /
 Back in the good old days...
 Programming VAXen by candlelight /
 Back in the good old days...
 Sending packets by carrier pigeon /
 Back in the good old days..."

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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