Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Fri 30th Dec 2011 08:24 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems In the world of alternative OS development, portability across multiple architectures is a challenging goal. Sometimes, it may be intrinsically hard to come up with hardware abstractions that work well everywhere, but many times the core problem is one of missing information. Here, I aim at learning more about the way non-x86 architectures deal with CPU IO ports, and in particular how they prevent user-mode software from accessing them.
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RE[3]: Moto 68k
by BushLin on Sat 31st Dec 2011 13:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Moto 68k"
BushLin
Member since:
2011-01-26

I love looking back at the early Amiga days and wonder what might have been, wasn't going to reply but I'm really pedantic:

"to coin a phrase" means to invent a phrase, if it's then followed by a cliché I find it really jarring... enough to write a reply to someone I don't know, in the hope they don't do it again.

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RE[4]: Moto 68k
by ricegf on Sat 31st Dec 2011 23:46 in reply to "RE[3]: Moto 68k"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

When I list a cliché followed by "(to coin a phrase)", I'm making a mildly humorous reference to the fact that it is a cliché - not claiming that I actually invented the phrase! It's a little like saying "the Internet (as invented by Al Gore)..." - it's humor by farcical excess.

And yes, I'll do it again, as you're the first person in my 22 years of Internet posts to have admitted missing the intended humor. ;-)

Edited 2011-12-31 23:47 UTC

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RE[5]: Moto 68k
by siride on Sun 1st Jan 2012 03:24 in reply to "RE[4]: Moto 68k"
siride Member since:
2006-01-02

It's not about humor, it's about the fact that you simply misused the phrase. "To coin a phrase" means to invent or come up with a new phrase. You were using a phrase, not inventing it.

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