[nycbug-talk] UNIX Trivia Questions

Isaac Levy ike at blackskyresearch.net
Thu Jun 7 08:52:01 EDT 2012

On Jun 7, 2012, at 8:10 AM, Dan Cross wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 7:59 AM, Isaac Levy <ike at blackskyresearch.net> wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> For the record, here's the UNIX trivia questions from last night:
>> Who wrote the first Unix screen editor?
>>        irons
>> Who bought the first commercial Unix license?
>>        rand
>> Who bought the first Unix license?
>>        columbia
>> What does FUBAR mean?
>>        failed unibus address register
> This last one, at least, isn't completely true: 'FUBAR' definitely
> predates the advent of Unix, and comes from military slang.  In good
> military fashion, it is an acronym that stands for, "Fucked Up Beyond
> All Recognition."  It is often paired with its other military cousin,
> 'SNAFU': "Situation Normal: All Fucked Up."
> I'm not saying that Rob Pike was wrong when he put those questions
> together, but that one is certainly ambiguous.
>        - Dan C.

Agreed, next time I'll re-phrase it with context, e.g.:

What does FUBAR mean to PDP-11 users?
	failed unibus address register


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