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In the meanwhile I'm reading James Tomayko's _Computers In Spaceflight: The NASA Experience_ and am entertained by all the trouble NASA had in the 60s understanding just what it wanted from the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory programmers, but also that the best way to get MIT in line was threatening their self-esteem.

(This would not have worked with my grad school, RPI, because we've never had self-esteem.)

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