[extropy-chat] man man

Anders Sandberg asa at nada.kth.se
Fri Jan 26 10:16:15 UTC 2007

My computing teacher in highschool had once been a Ph.D. in the team that
built the first Swedish computer. The memory was Williams-Kilburn type
cathode ray memories in big racks. My teacher is probably the only person
in the world who has managed to have his foot crushed by a byte when he
accidentally pulled out one too far.

I still remember an exam he gave where we had to write small assembly code
programs for the machine. At the start the programs invariably consisted
of a series of "read the next word from punched tape"-instructions: each
instruction was only half a word long, so it could read the next two. That
way you only had to flip the switches to make the first read instruction
to start your program.

Anders Sandberg,
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University

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