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Checksum

Started: 2004-06-03 15:58:29

Submitted: 2004-06-03 16:06:46

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I had a bizarre idea not that long ago -- what if spoken languages included a checksum in each sentence so that the recipient would know when she didn't properly parse the sentence or it was garbled in transmission? The language would define some algorithm that a human could easily perform to create a checksum on every sentence. Small children (and non-native speakers) would learn the checksum algorithm as they learned the language itself. The rest of the world would think the language bizarre, but native speakers would know better.

Having rejected DOS, we're paranoid about anything that isn't
"user-friendly," that requires some adjustment on our part and a
commitment to meet the technology halfway. It's as if Henry Ford rigged
a bridle and set of leather reins to his Model T instead of a steering
wheel and clutch, and to this day we were still driving our cars the way
a 19th century groomsman would handle a horse and buggy.
- Jonathon Keats, "'You Send Me' by Patricia T. O'Conner & Stewart
Kellerman", Salon.com