Censorship and old less

Jonesy SPAM_TRAP_gmane at jonz.net
Sun Nov 11 12:50:33 UTC 2018

On Sun, 11 Nov 2018 08:47:23 +0900, Joel Rees wrote:
>> On Fri, 9 Nov 2018 at 10:54, Peter <petergoggin at bigpond.com> wrote:
>> >
>> > First programs were written in autocode for a computer using valves with
>> an average up time of two hours, then the establishment purchased an IBM
>> mainframe called Stretch which was the only true scientific computer made
>> by IBM.
>> Ooh, an IBM 7030! Nice!
>> The first IBM supercomputer, the first IBM transistor computer, and
>> the first computer to use instruction pipelining, prefetch,
>> speculative execution, branch prediction and recovery, memory
>> interleaving, multiprogramming, memory protection -- all standard
>> techniques in PC processors since the Pentium and almost all computers
>> today.
>> Roughly an order of magnitude quicker than any other computer in its
>> day, and roughly an order of magnitude more RAM.
>> Even so, they only sold 9, I believe, and it was considered a failure.
>> History sort of proved them wrong there.
>> https://www.cnet.com/news/fifty-years-later-ibms-inventors-celebrate-the-stretch/
>> http://www.drdobbs.com/its-not-easy-being-green-or-red-the-ibm/184404433
> Heh. Channeling on Don Mclean's Vincent (aka Starry, Starry Night).
> Things that work right just aren't meant for this world.
> If you want it to succeed in the market, you have to get it out there
> before you have it working right.

Thus the success of the IBM SYS/360


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