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This article (bbc.com/future/story/20190919-) on a previously unknown (and still not understood) maze-generating algorithm burred in an 1982 Atari game is a perfect example of the Academia vs Business in action:

@codesections This is yet another thing we lose when proprietary software is the norm 😕

This is incredible, though! 😃

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I never thought I'd hear of actual programmer archeologists in my lifetime 🤨

@attilakinali

This might be another, simpler, example: an analysis of the one line BASIC random maze generator:

10print.org/

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@codesections I'm not a fan of this antagonising academia meme in programmer circles. If anything, that xkcd tells that work in industry can be abusive.

@cadadr

> I'm not a fan of this antagonising academia meme in programmer circles. If anything, that xkcd tells that work in industry can be abusive.

I'm not quite sure I follow you—I don't think I know what meme you're talking about.

For what it's worth, I read both the XKCD and the article as a bit critical of business—so many great ideas are lost/unappreciated there, as both the comic and story point out.

So certainly no antagonism towards academia comming from me!

@codesections Oh, sorry then!

I've noticed such trend, especially in HN I guess, back when I was active there. There are people who believe CS researchers don't really do anything useful, and that the programming they do isn't "real programming".

@cadadr @codesections That's a myth when I consider the attempt of some madman building a cluster with PC's powered by Ubuntu to test the strength of various cyphers.
@cadadr @codesections There is that meme, and it's not entirely undeserved, but the xkcd is on your side and is celebrating the upside of academia.

@codesections "in business they actually require results!"

We shouldn't overgeneralize, though.. still democracyatwork.info/

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