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Another example may be Glass's "Symphony No. 1", which was based on David Bowie's album "Low", which can be seen as Eno re-introducing more approachable narrative tropes.

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This may be obvious to most, but the loops in question were literal tape loops, it being 1978. ("...running around a series of tubular aluminum chairs in Conny Plank's studio.")

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Oh but there was VMS and Lisp and others that are gone, with all the ideas. All replaced by the Unix way. The Unix way is gone, too. Linus should be given some credit for that as well.

BTW, Gnu's "Hello" is 709k.

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The Altair took advantage of the recent microprocessor, which was the real innovation AFIC.

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"Prize" can be used as a synonym for "pry" as a transitive verb.

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RCS is a good option for dotfiles.

RCS is a version control system that is useful for individual files which must remain in a specific location.

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If you are a Unix user, you almost need to know enough vi to edit a simple file. crontab -e is considered a minor sin in the Church of Emacs, but only a minor one.

ESC:q!

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export EDITOR=emacs

Then crontab -e will start emacs instead of vi.

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Try:

    export ALTERNATE_EDITOR=emacs EDITOR=emacsclient VISUAL=emacsclient
and set up Emacs to run (server-start) on startup.

This way, crontab -e should open a new Emacs frame (or start Emacs, if it isn't already running). It will speed things up and make the experience better, while giving you access to all the things you're working on in an already running Emacs.

See also: http://www.emacswiki.org/EmacsClient.

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If emacs is installed. It often isn't. vi almost always is.

I know enough vi to open a file, move up, down, left, and right, search, delete and insert text. And I often run afoul of my emacs muscle memory just doing that. But you really need to know the vi basics if you admin unix machines.

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I’ve learnt enough ed to use that instead of vi. If that isn’t installed, I’ve had to resort to nano, and, in rare cases, sed --in-place. But I never need to know vi.

Of course I realize that this is mostly me being silly, but it’s also rather educational.

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You are absolutely right. Especially if we are talking about BSD or Unix proper. But, there is a cognitive load to remembering what machine you are on, or if certain variables have been set and so on.

I have been on machines that fire up nano with crontab -e, in the name of user friendliness. These same machines will not respect EDITOR or VISUAL anyway, so I have no idea what to do about them. I usually just get up and creep away making sure not to turn my back on them.

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Or buy a patent. Sit on it for a while, hoping the technology becomes valuable. Profit.

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I realize that's probably said tongue-in-cheek, but I agree with the statement. The problem with patent trolls isn't that they exist. The problem is that patents are being granted for things that are obvious (Do X, but now on a PC!). And, the courts appear to be correcting that problem.

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Phillip Glass

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Definitely. I was also going to add Steve Reich, although his music is mostly not what you'd call "orchestral". But you could add Jonny Greenwood, Krystof Penderecki, George Benjamin, and more, and more. It's such a tragedy to see classical music as being "Beethoven or film scores". There are great modern recordings of Beethoven by good orchestras, too, and I'm as excited to hear a fresh new recording of Beethoven as I was when I discovered that Augustin Hadelich had recorded the Ades violin concerto (there are now three recordings of this marvelous work).

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Marijuana isn't a performance enhancer. What interest does the NFL have in whether a player is using it?

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Perhaps the league disapproves of Marijuana because it would be counter productive to their ulterior motives.

If players were allowed to smoke pot they might become generally calmer people, leading to less ground shattering hits and anger released on the field, ultimately leading to a decrease in profits for the NFL, since most of the people tuning into this sport watch for the aggressive nature of the game.

The fact that alcohol is allowed, which as a substance probably leads to increased anger, seems like it would fit the leagues agenda much better.

Marijuana is not a performance enhancing drug in sport unless you consider increased relaxation and pain relief an enhancement. I'm not advocating that the players should be using pot before gametime, but I can see it being a very effective way for players de-stress after games or during the off-season.

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