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Articles written in 1981 that Hacker News still talks about.
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1981Will cable TV be invaded by commercials? (nytimes.com)
440 points across 2 posts | 2 years ago with 354 comments
1981How does a gas pump know to shut itself off? (straightdope.com)
384 points | 2 years ago with 390 comments
1981Starting FORTH (forth.com)
358 points across 5 posts | 1 week ago with 23 comments
1981Design Principles Behind Smalltalk (cs.virginia.edu)
321 points across 4 posts | 6 months ago with 80 comments
1981Changing San Francisco Is Foreseen as a Haven for Wealthy and Childless (nytimes.com)
318 points across 2 posts | 3 years ago with 109 comments
1981Rare cancer seen in 41 homossexuals (nytimes.com)
215 points across 2 posts | 1 year ago with 10 comments
1981Ronald Reagan fires 11,359 air-traffic controllers (history.com)
200 points | 1 year ago with 251 comments
1981Feynman: Simulating Physics with Computers (cs.berkeley.edu)
187 points | 6 years ago with 22 comments
1981M-16: A Bureaucratic Horror Story (theatlantic.com)
180 points | 3 years ago with 191 comments
1981A Review of Modern Sail Theory (ljjensen.net)
167 points | 5 years ago with 54 comments
1981Rob Pike: An important message from Dennis Ritchie (plus.google.com)
163 points | 11 years ago with 3 comments
1981EMACS: The Extensible, Customizable Display Editor (gnu.org)
144 points | 8 years ago with 57 comments
1981A.I. (newyorker.com)
124 points | 6 years ago with 10 comments
1981Operating the Lisp Machine (bitsavers.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de)
116 points | 7 years ago with 41 comments
1981Why Pascal Is Not My Favorite Programming Language (lysator.liu.se)
104 points across 2 posts | 3 years ago with 55 comments
1981Flipping your Disk (atarimagazines.com)
100 points | 3 years ago with 61 comments
1981The $10,000-a-year college education has arrived (nytimes.com)
98 points | 6 years ago with 145 comments
1981Apple II Mouse Card (folklore.org)
94 points | 1 year ago with 50 comments
1981Landing the Nostromo (archive.org)
92 points | 7 years ago with 42 comments
1981The Gernsback Continuum by William Gibson (web.archive.org)
91 points | 1 year ago with 50 comments
1981Expense Calculator (c2.com)
86 points | 5 years ago with 15 comments
1981Byte Magazine: Future Computers (archive.org)
84 points | 2 years ago with 69 comments
1981Captain Grace M. Hopper: The Mother of COBOL (books.google.nl)
83 points | 2 years ago with 18 comments
1981RFC 791: Internet Protocol (datatracker.ietf.org)
78 points | 1 year ago with 43 comments
1981History of Ball Bearings (ntrs.nasa.gov)
78 points | 5 years ago with 12 comments
1981The truth about Unix: The user interface is horrid (ceri.memphis.edu)
78 points | 7 years ago with 87 comments
1981Round rectangles are everywhere (folklore.org)
74 points | 1 year ago with 26 comments
1981Changing San Francisco is foreseen as a haven for wealthy and childless (nytimes.com)
70 points | 7 years ago with 94 comments
1981Symbolic Self-Completion, Attempted Influence, and Self-Deprecation (interruptions.net)
69 points | 7 years ago with 12 comments
1981The 25¢ Apple II Real Time Clock (atarimagazines.com)
66 points | 3 years ago with 62 comments
1981Car and Driver's Review of the 1981 De Lorean (caranddriver.com)
64 points | 7 years ago with 49 comments
1981Emacs Manual for ITS Users (dspace.mit.edu)
58 points | 3 months ago with 12 comments
1981The Interlisp Programming Environment (ics.uci.edu)
58 points | 9 years ago with 10 comments
1981A study of branch prediction strategies (courses.cs.washington.edu)
57 points | 5 years ago with 1 comments
1981ZMOB: A multiprocessor computer with 256 Z80 CPUs. (ijcai.org)
55 points | 2 years ago with 4 comments
1981Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Art of Fiction No. 69 (theparisreview.org)
54 points | 8 years ago with 2 comments
1981Lisp: Basically Speaking (mypage.iu.edu)
52 points | 9 years ago with 5 comments
1981A Source Book in APL (softwarepreservation.org)
51 points | 5 years ago with 17 comments
1981The Optical Mouse (bitsavers.trailing-edge.com)
51 points | 8 years ago with 11 comments
1981Venture Capitalist: A Rise to Riches (nytimes.com)
49 points | 2 years ago with 7 comments
1981The Origin of Spacewar! (masswerk.at)
48 points | 8 years ago with 9 comments
1981The Origin of the VM/370 Time-Sharing System (lass.cs.umass.edu)
47 points | 2 years ago with 13 comments
1981Preliminary Macintosh Business Plan (archive.computerhistory.org)
45 points | 3 years ago with 11 comments
1981The Scientific Straightjacket (documents.uow.edu.au)
37 points | 2 months ago with 0 comments
1981Madman, architect, carpenter, judge (sci-hub.st)
31 points | 11 months ago with 3 comments

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