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The neologism "tripodics" was coined as a more-appropriate word for software programming and the study of computers. It derives from the oldest known term for automata, as used by Homer, and later cited in Aristotle's "Politics".

There is only one condition in which we can imagine managers not needing subordinates, and masters not needing slaves.
This condition would be that each (inanimate) instrument could do its own work, at the word of command or by intelligent anticipation, like the statues of Daedalus or the tripods made by Hephaestus, of which Homer relates that
"Of their own motion they entered the conclave of Gods on Olympus"
as if a shuttle should weave of itself, and a plectrum should do its own harp playing.

This usage by Homer, to describe autonomous devices that follow commands, predates by millenia Karel Čapek's coining of the term "robot" (in his play, "R.U.R"), as well as the roughly-contemporaneous introduction of the word "computer". See [ What did Aristotle say about computers?]. 20:31, 12 September 2008 (UTC)

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Bruce A. Martin further proposed that the units be abandoned altogether, and the letter B be used as a binary exponent, similar to E notation, to create shorthands like 3B20 for 3×220[1]

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In Wikipedia article on "Hexadecimal" <A HREF=""></A> from section on "Representing hexadecimal"

The choice of the letters A through F to represent the digits above nine was not universal in the early history of computers. During the 1950s, some installations favored using the digits 0 through 5 with a macron character ("¯") to indicate the values 10-15. Users of Bendix G-15 computers used the letters U through Z. Bruce A. Martin of Brookhaven National Laboratory considered the choice of A-F "ridiculous" and in 1968 proposed in a letter to the editor of the ACM an entirely new set of symbols based on the bit locations, which did not gain much acceptance.[2]

In Wikipedia article on "Fortran" <A HREF=""></A>

Letter O considered harmful[edit]

During the same Fortran Standards Committee meeting at which the name "FORTRAN 77" was chosen, a technical proposal was somehow smuggled into the official distribution, bearing the title, "Letter O considered harmful". This deceptively simple proposal purported to address the confusion that sometimes arises between the letter "O" and the numeral zero, by eliminating the letter from allowable variable names. However, the method proposed was to eliminate the letter from the character set entirely (thereby retaining 48 as the number of lexical characters, which the colon had increased to 49).

Among the "PRO" arguments was the assertion that this would also promote structured programming, by making it impossible to use the notorious GO TO statement as before. (Troublesome FORMAT statements would be eliminated, as well.)

The sole "CON" argument conceded that "this might invalidate some existing programs" but noted that most of these "probably were non-conforming, anyway".[3]


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See [ What did Aristotle say about computers?].

20:31, 12 September 2008 (UTC)


Bruce Martin hexadecimal notation proposal.png
Bruce Martin hexadecimal notation proposal.png

Bruce Martin hexadecimal notation proposal.png

Bruce Martin hexadecimal notation proposal.png

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