On Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 11:44 AM, Noel Chiappa <jnc@mercury.lcs.mit.edu> wrote:
    > From: Norman Wilson

    > It is just plain wrong to code
    >  kill(9, pid)

_All_ uses of magic numbers in numeric form are wrong!

I completely agree, although you can do worse. A junior programmer I worked with at MIT wrote (in IBM assembler)

twelv dc 10

(I probably have the syntax wrong, but he was declaring the value of symbolic name 'twelv' to be 10). I have no idea why he did this. He didn't last long.