Or -- sat down and decoded it by hand. (Not too difficult --
Also -- not too difficult to write a decoder in C (or perl, or
pretty much any reasonable language). Lots of ways to do it.
I don't think that I would want to try it in INTERCAL, however. :-)
I had to look that one up.
"Caution! Under no circumstances confuse the mesh with the interleave
operator, except under confusing circumstances!"
That is a Riot! Reminds me of Douglas Adams.
Download the original paper on it and read that if you haven't.
I remember being introduced to it at an early local computer club
meeting, perhaps around 1978 or so.
Better -- it was written (in part) by one of the two programmer
responsible for the original Adventure. :-)
Hmm ... I don't remember reading that in _HHGTTG_ -- some
supplementary publication, or my failing memory?
Oddly enough..there are a significant number of women who use these
things, but dont wave them around. Long haul truck drivers, tour bus
drivers, etc etc.
I know at least 5 ladies who keep one in their gear.
"Confiscating wealth from those who have earned it, inherited it,
or got lucky is never going to help 'the poor.' Poverty isn't
caused by some people having more money than others, just as obesity
isn't caused by McDonald's serving super-sized orders of French fries
Poverty, like obesity, is caused by the life choices that dictate
results." - John Tucci,
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