25th Anniversary of the Personal Computer" 4197
Yea, well. It was a VAX attack.
That's what they called it?
Think about it. There was many millions spent to emulate what a gal had to do to prevent messes made by braindead marketing pricing decisions. I know what I would have done to "fix" the problem (which was what are we going to do if the lady dies or retires or gets fed up with this bullpoo?). It was so complicated that DEC wouldn't have made any deliveries because they software-dependencied themselves into a CATCH-22 to the nth degree.
25th Anniversary of the Personal Computer" 4198
the I Right. Now, please listen. VMS was not this simple. It should have been but the pricing nazis created a dozen CATCH-22s with each product...
I think this kind of decision tree couldn't be done until the CD tech came around. There are just too many elements with n settings that decided a certain sifting. Remember that display at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry in the math section? It had a couple hundred pegs, sticking out horizontal to the floor, set in a regular grid pattern. Balls would be dropped at the top and they would take different, seemingly random, pathways through the grid.
A configurator decision tree is similar, with the except that the grid is not in a regular configuration.
I can't explain it better. I always wanted my brain to pop out an equation that could describe these pathwasy. Only after that, an AI decision making tree might be possible. I don't think the grid can be 2-D as in the above peg display. I'm working on learning how to think in 3-D geometry. Perhaps I can then learn how to think in n-D.