Breck Carter

Last modified: August 30, 1996

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The fRiDaY File, for August 30

"Sybase and Powersoft are about democracy, all the other guys are communists!" -- Mitchell Kertzman, President and CEO of Sybase, making the point that distributed processing is good and re-centralized computing is not. "For a good time call IBM, hit zero a few times, to hear the dulcet tones "The number you have dialed... ohh... ohh... ohh... ohh... is not a valid extension."" -- Name witheld by request A Chemical Engineer, a Mechanical Engineer and a Windows programmer were riding in a car when the engine stopped. The Chemical Engineer said it must have something to do with the lead level in the gas. The Mechanical Engineer thought it was the fan belt. The Windows programmer disagreed, and suggested "Why don't we try getting out of the car, close the doors, and then get back into it." A mathematician, a physicist and a programmer were asked to prove that all odd numbers are prime. The mathematician said that 1 is prime, 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime and therefore by induction all odd numbers are prime. The physicist said that 1 is prime, 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is not prime but that's just experimental error, 11 is prime and therefore by observation all odd numbers are prime. The programmer said that 1 is prime, 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is... prime, 9 is... prime, 9 is... prime... |

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