[TUHS] PR1ME - was Re: And now ... Weirdnix?

Toby Thain toby at telegraphics.com.au
Wed Sep 20 00:09:16 AEST 2017


On 2017-09-18 9:54 PM, Dave Horsfall wrote:
> On Mon, 18 Sep 2017, arnold at skeeve.com wrote:
> 
>> That Pr1me had a Unix emulation layer is news to me (I think). I
>> worked on the Georgia Tech Software Tools Subsystem for Pr1me
>> Computers for several years. (Oh, how I wish I had saved that last
>> release tape!!!)
> 
> What I hated about Pr1me was they implied that "1" is prime; it is not,
> as any mathematician will tell you.
> 
> In fact, I turned down a job opportunity there for precisely that
> reason, on the grounds that if they got a simple concept like that
> wrong, then where else did they screw up?
> 

The name clearly doesn't reference the concept of prime numbers; that's
only coincidence (and the incompatibility might have been a clue).

Isn't it more obviously connected to Latin 'primus', meaning 'first'?

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/prime#Etymology_1


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