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    John Conway, RIP

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/...n-in-the-world

    I cannot at this point remember how many times I've implemented Conway's Game of Life, it's what I've generally done after writing "Hello World" in a language I've not used before. The first time was in FORTRAN IV.

    The link above was five written years ago but I'm sure it's better than any obituary.

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    Re: John Conway, RIP

    Quote Originally Posted by spot View Post
    https://www.theguardian.com/science/...n-in-the-world

    I cannot at this point remember how many times I've implemented Conway's Game of Life, it's what I've generally done after writing "Hello World" in a language I've not used before. The first time was in FORTRAN IV.

    The link above was five written years ago but I'm sure it's better than any obituary.

    https://xkcd.com/2293/
    Nineteen seventy one, just after his paper came out describing the problem and the rules, I coded a version in machine code on a Stantec Zebra, a then twenty year old valve computer. My last attempt was on the Archimedes in its superb assembler.

    He was personally responsible for more “wasted” coding and machine time than anyone I can think of, may he rest in peace.

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    Coding may be. Time, you're forgetting SETI.

    I bet your play area was no more than 20x20, first time.
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    Re: John Conway, RIP

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    Quote Originally Posted by spot View Post
    Coding may be. Time, you're forgetting SETI.

    I bet your play area was no more than 20x20, first time.
    About that, the total memory was only four kB.

    BTW, Seti@home has gone into hibernation ?through lack of results? As a consequence there’s an awful lot of serious processing power migrated within Boinc to useful projects such as cancer and COVID research.

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