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Nothing says “retro cyberpunk” like a few lines of Beginners’ All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code

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Just feast your eyes on that.

That’s Beginners’ All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, also known as BASIC. It was pretty high tech in 1982.

But it showed up in New Dominion Tank Police, which was made in 1993, quite a long time after 1982. But 1993, computer people were endlessly gabbling about object-oriented stuff. I don’t understand why Masamune Shirow hadn’t heard about it.
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