[Unix-jun72] UNIX V1 bootstrap
doug at remarque.org
Sat May 17 23:23:48 EDT 2008
> I'm going to take a "devil's advocate" stance here, and argue to keep the
> existing "as" binary untouched.
As first priority, certainly. We want to preserve original
data for posterity.
As second priority, there may be several possibilities.
A best-guess reconstruction of an approximation of V1
is one such additional possibility. Interpolation based
on noisy data sources is a time honored practice -- as
long as one carefully differentiates the results from
pristinely clean data.
I don't see one kind of reconstruction as inherently better
or worse than another kind; it depends on what the goal is.
I think Apout, for instance, is a *really* nice variation
on the usual approach of a closed-world simulation.
And certainly there are sharp limits on what we have available
right *now*, but I would be quite cautious about saying "never".
Additional data sources may become available; who knows.
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