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Re: Polysemy in programming langs (was: Why does the meaning of words change?)

From:Nokta Kanto <red5_2@...>
Date:Tuesday, April 20, 2004, 19:42
On Sun, 18 Apr 2004 21:29:15 -0400, John Cowan <cowan@...> wrote:

>Ph. D. scripsit: > >> Then there was the PDP-8, the first mini-computer IIRC, >> introduced in the 1960s. The only way to store the value >> of the accumulator into memory was via the instruction >> DCA, Deposit and Clear Accumulator. This copied the >> value to memory then set the accumulator to zero. > >Yup. The "accumulator" (AC), for younkers, was the main (and on some >models the only) register, so-called because it was used to >accumulate sums. The PDP-8's instruction set was small enough >that I still remember all of it: > > [snip]
Interestingly, wikipedia classifies the PDP-8 assembly language as a Turing Tarpit, i.e. technically Turing-Complete but impractical. Which is exactly the impression I got when reading the description. :)