[TUHS] How to Kill a Technical Conference

Dave Horsfall dave at horsfall.org
Tue Apr 6 15:49:02 AEST 2021

On Mon, 5 Apr 2021, John Gilmore wrote:

> I'm an engineer, not an academic.  [...] The paper was rejected by the 
> program committee, on the objection that "ports aren't research".

This of course will come as news to those of us who had to port Unix to a 
different architecture...  Especially when the hardware didn't work as 
documented :-(

I think the most egregious example was DEC's Unibus; the specs were vague 
enough that 3rd-party cards wouldn't work (timing issues) so DEC could 
turn around and say that you ought to use our gear (which of course 
observed the undocumented precise timing).

-- Dave

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