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5 Oct 2001 (updated 5 Oct 2001 at 17:51 UTC) »

Prompted by raph's post:

Bad patents

I posted about this to livejournal once: Sun patented a three-line assembly program that had already appeared in a famous paper in the previous decade. There needs to be a wiki or something for collecting these cases; I helped start one up but its server is down now.

Readability of RPN

I agree that having to track through the effects of stack manipulations hurts Forth's readability. That's why when I made up a variant of Forth for idel it had no stack-manipulation words: you use local variables for everything instead. The result seems more readable than assembly code, the more obvious language type that could've been used there.

If indeed workers do serve a large colony in order to win prestige and acquire rank, there must be a mechanism that demonstrates each individual's ability reliably.

The mechanism that seems likeliest to us is pheromones. ...It is known that the pheromone secreted by the queen motivates workers to serve her. Bees are very eager for the pheromone and lick it off the body of the queen. Workers can get the pheromone directly from the body of the queen when they serve her, or indirectly, from workers who have served the queen.

from The Handicap Principle by Zahavi and Zahavi.

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