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Bob Munck
Haymarket, VA -- Virginia suburbs of DC
Techie, old hippy. Brown '67 in CS. SofTech, Prime, MITRE, NRL, Unisys. Now builds high-tech web sites. Haymarket, VA
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In the phrase significant individuals and heroes, does the adjective "significant" modify "individuals and heroes" or just "individuals?" In other words, is it "significant individuals" and "significant heroes" or "significant individuals" and "heroes?" Althouse insists on the latter, rejects the former. I myself would have assumed it was the former in the absence of further information, and am quite confident in that given the rest of their documents. Of course, you can't tell; the text is sufficiently ambigious -- weaselly even -- that both interpretations are legitimate. Althouse just doesn't like being made fun of.
Toggle Commented May 25, 2010 on Kicker of Elves at Whiskey Fire
How on Earth do you have such a magnificent item?! Strenuous resistance to my wife's efforts to throw out all my stuff! She finally got the Interdata Mod 3, probably while I was fighting a PHP bug, but I've still got the RS Color Computer, the nameplate from my first IBM/360 mainframe, and my 10,000 SF paperbacks. And she's a geek too; she was a student in the first programming course I taught at Brown, has run DARPA projects. I'm serious about the offer. Just you; all others pay cash. I get email at acm.org, username my last name.
Toggle Commented Apr 8, 2010 on the fountain of youth at WWdN: In Exile
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I have a Vectrex in an unopened box, mint. Want it? Also all the associated extras like the 3-D imager, but those have been used. Vectrex always seemed to me like the right way to do graphics, because I'd started out on the IBM 2250 vector display and then the ARDS/Tektronix storage tube display (used on the bridge in the original Battlestar Galactica series). Kids these days are using something called a "raster." Never liked the attempt at 3-D; we did it with a viewer with mirrors and prisms. A guy named Tom Banchof wrote a program that displayed a tesseract projected into 3-D and then rotated it in four dimensions. My brain is still tied in a square knot.
Toggle Commented Apr 8, 2010 on the fountain of youth at WWdN: In Exile
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@Andrew: I'm sorry, I don't do C++.
Toggle Commented May 26, 2008 on Emerald City ComiCon Memories at WWdN: In Exile
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@Andrew: I'm sorry, I don't do C++.
Toggle Commented May 26, 2008 on Emerald City ComiCon Memories at WWdN: In Exile
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Please don't use open parentheses when you're simulating swearing: "ComiCon was @!#$!%&(*ing awesome." After 42 years of writing code, it sets a little switch in my head that isn't reset until I see a close parenthesis. So excuse me while I say this: ) ) Whew! (One for your original text and one for my quoting of it.)
Toggle Commented May 25, 2008 on Emerald City ComiCon Memories at WWdN: In Exile
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Please don't use open parentheses when you're simulating swearing: "ComiCon was @!#$!%&(*ing awesome." After 42 years of writing code, it sets a little switch in my head that isn't reset until I see a close parenthesis. So excuse me while I say this: ) ) Whew! (One for your original text and one for my quoting of it.)
Toggle Commented May 25, 2008 on Emerald City ComiCon Memories at WWdN: In Exile
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Wil, have you tried reading a novel on something like the Sony eBook reader? I haven't, but I think I'd be quite happy with it. Sure, reading on a computer display is different from curling up in an easy chair with a paperback, but I think a hand-held device with an acceptable display could be perfectly acceptable in the latter situation. Maybe the Sony isn't quite that device, but I can imagine one existing. And on long trips, books take up too much of my luggage.
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Wil, have you tried reading a novel on something like the Sony eBook reader? I haven't, but I think I'd be quite happy with it. Sure, reading on a computer display is different from curling up in an easy chair with a paperback, but I think a hand-held device with an acceptable display could be perfectly acceptable in the latter situation. Maybe the Sony isn't quite that device, but I can imagine one existing. And on long trips, books take up too much of my luggage.
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