LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1   Report Post  
Old August 19th 07, 01:51 AM posted to
external usenet poster
First recorded activity by ChessBanter: Jul 2004
Posts: 834
Default Bill Gates vs. Richard Stallman

Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8Bit

Kenneth Sloan wrote:

Guy Macon wrote:

... That was the way things were in the early days
of computing before that first coder decided that he
"owns" the code he wrote. That code was Altair BASIC,

Anyone who believes that this was anywhere near the
"early days of computing" is a hopeless newbie.

Straw man or lack of reading comprehension?

Nowhere in the above paragraph did I set a lower bound on
the period when software was free. I just set an upper
bound of 1975~1976.

If you had asked rather than assuming without evidence, I would
have told you that I consider the start of the time period in
which nobody owned software to have started either some time
after 1833 when Ada Byron-King met professor Babbage, or in
1941, when Konrad Zuse ran the very first program on the very
first programmable computer. Which date one accepts depends
on how one defines "software" -- is it really software if no
machine can run it, or is it just design notes?

Also, if you had asked, I would have told you that I consider
the difference between early computing and more modern computing
to be a matter of progress made, not years passed. Pretty much
nothing happened between the Difference Engine and Analytical
Engine and the Zuse Z3, things started slowly with Colossus and
Atanasof–Berry, and they didn't really start to take off until

I got my start on the NCR Century 50 (remember NEAT/3? it was a
sure bet to displace COBOL and FORTRAN...) and DEC PDP-8, and was
an engineering technician for the Perkin-Elmer/Wangco clones of the
IBM 30/30 Winchester drive. That's the one that caused IBM to keep
changing the interface of the System/360 so as to make the clone
drives incompatable.

I do believe that takes me out of the "hopeless newbie" category.

Guy Macon

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules

Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Goichberg's List samsloan (Chess Politics) 3 March 19th 07 09:09 PM
Goichberg's List samsloan (Chess Analysis) 1 March 19th 07 09:09 PM
Goichberg's List samsloan (Chess - Play by Email) 1 March 19th 07 09:09 PM
Goichberg's List samsloan (Computer Chess) 2 March 19th 07 07:25 PM
Goichberg's List samsloan (Chess General) 2 March 19th 07 07:25 PM

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 09:11 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©2004-2019 ChessBanter.
The comments are property of their posters.

About Us

"It's about Chess"


Copyright © 2017