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offline fleetmouse from Gorilla Mind Smooth on 2017-03-11 14:40 [#02515012]
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This is Margaret Hamilton, the woman who wrote
the code that runs the Roland TB-303 Bassline, used by our
brave Astro-Men on the Moon to compose Moon Acid.

A piece of Excellent Electronic History.


 

offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2017-03-11 17:05 [#02515013]
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Harry potter looks alot like her


 

offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2017-03-11 17:07 [#02515014]
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seriously though she is an amazing woman, imagine how much
the code could have been compressed if they had object
orientated language


 

offline mohamed on 2017-03-11 17:55 [#02515023]
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thanks for the info!


 

offline fleetmouse from Gorilla Mind Smooth on 2017-03-11 18:17 [#02515025]
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Am I the only one who thinks she is the holy grail of
smokin' hot nerd babes there, or as the English might call
it, a well fit boffin?


 

offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2017-03-11 18:24 [#02515026]
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tidy bit of skirt


 

offline Portnoy on 2017-03-11 18:26 [#02515027]
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No, she is indeed mighty fine. It's no wonder the 303 sounds
so sexy.


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2017-03-11 20:52 [#02515031]
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seriously though she is an amazing woman, imagine how
much the code could have been compressed if they had object
orientated language


this is so stunningly wrong i don't even know where to
begin. pretty much every technical term in your statement is
used incorrectly


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2017-03-11 20:53 [#02515032]
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she does look like harry potter, though.

my reaction was similar: is this another walter gone wendy
carlos situation? i squint at the chin

is this sexism? would i have even thought that without all
the noise about transgender in the news? what a fucking
confusing planet we live on


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2017-03-11 20:57 [#02515033]
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i think we need a proper writeup rather than just a photo.
if all you got is the photo, well, of course we're staring
at it a bit hard. your thread says "she wrote the 303
firmware" imgur says she wrote an "apollo guidance program"
and which is it? both?

so i google: margaret hamilton 303

the first result is thread. no other sources. shame on you,
fleetmouse


 

offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2017-03-11 20:57 [#02515034]
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sorry what i meant was the file size wouldn't be smaller but
i imagine it would take less code to accomplish the same
thing what they did with whatever language they were using
at the time


 

offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2017-03-11 21:00 [#02515035]
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yes i am wrong i just realised it was done in assembly
language


 

offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2017-03-11 21:11 [#02515036]
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i wonder how long it took to compile, bet they were
shitting themselves it would work


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2017-03-11 21:16 [#02515039]
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what on earth are you talking about


 

offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2017-03-11 21:20 [#02515040]
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the code for the apollo program


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2017-03-11 21:32 [#02515047]
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bet they were shitting themselves it would work

i wasn't sure if we were still talking about fleetmouse's
fib or what the lady actually did. in fact-checking that,
though, i found this on wiki-p:

The computer (or rather the software in it) was smart
enough to recognize that it was being asked to perform more
tasks than it should be performing. It then sent out an
alarm, which meant to the astronaut, I'm overloaded with
more tasks than I should be doing at this time and I'm going
to keep only the more important tasks; i.e., the ones needed
for landing ... Actually, the computer was programmed to do
more than recognize error conditions. A complete set of
recovery programs was incorporated into the software. The
software's action, in this case, was to eliminate lower
priority tasks and re-establish the more important ones ...
If the computer hadn't recognized this problem and taken
recovery action, I doubt if Apollo 11 would have been the
successful moon landing it was.


we would have made some astronaut pancakes if it hadn't been
coded up with the implicit assumption that murphy was an
optimist**.

i wonder how long it took to compile

that's like asking, "i wonder how long it took to bake that
wedding cake!" baking it is the boring part. you put it in
the oven and wait. making the batter (coding) is probably
what you were thinking of

** murphy's law: "anything that can go wrong, will." then
engineers go around saying, "murphy was an optimist" and the
bit of gallows humor makes the truth tolerable


 

offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2017-03-11 21:36 [#02515048]
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seriously impressive stuff, yes i remember something about
the priortising stuff,


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2017-03-12 00:07 [#02515136]
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after the days of margaret doing some badass hand-coding
NASA moved over to VxWorks


 

offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2017-03-12 00:09 [#02515138]
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LAZY_TITLE

they should employ this guy


 

offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2017-03-12 20:22 [#02515305]
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he already works for god. intel is a good company, but that
would still be a step down, careerwise


 

offline fleetmouse from Gorilla Mind Smooth on 2017-03-13 19:43 [#02515358]
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I forgive Hyperflake any number of past or future computer
confusions for introducing me to the phrase "tidy bit of
skirt". I'm going to be using that one on the missus.


 

offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2017-03-13 19:52 [#02515360]
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id show her my saturn 5


 


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