[OT] UTMs and linenumbering
- By heck, our Phil, when I were a young lad in Stockport in
1960 me mum spent all of two-and-a-tanner on a Pears encyclopedia
so I would know about them there Turing machines and transistors
and wotnots. It said (69th edition: page F55)
Line 1: Clear accumulator and add line 22 into it
Line 2: Print contents of accumulator
Line 3: Add line 22 to accumulator
Line 4: Print contents of accumulator
Line 19: Add line 22 to accumulator
Line 20: Print contents of accumulator
Line 21: Stop.
Line 22: 0.30303
And I said to meself: must be something better to
do in life than write things like that.
Then I found out about them there particles in Geneva
(page F66) and thought that might be better to try.
But I always remembered: proper Turing machines
read programs with line numbers. So when I had
to write a prgram about them there particles
I knew it would always be best to "goto 137".
> From: djbroadhurst [mailto:d.broadhurst@...]You have, perhaps inadvertently, indicated a regrettable limitation of
> But I always remembered: proper Turing machines
> read programs with line numbers. So when I had
> to write a prgram about them there particles
> I knew it would always be best to "goto 137".
FORTRAN. If you had been writing in FOCAL, it would have been more
natural to write "GOTO 137.03599765"
(Do I get a prize for needless obscurity?)