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1.) A Programmer and an Engineer were sitting next to each other
on an airplane.
The Programmer leans over to the Engineer and asks if he wants to play a fun
game. The Engineer just wants to sleep so he politely declines, turns away
and tries to sleep. The Programmer persists and explains that it's a real
easy game. He explains, "I ask a question and if you don't know the answer
you pay me $5. Then you ask a question and if I don't know the answer I'll
pay you $5." Again the Engineer politely declines and tries to sleep.
The Programmer, now somewhat agitated, says, "O.K., if you don't know the
answer you pay me $5 and if I don't know the answer I pay you $50!" Now,
that got the Engineer's attention, so he agrees to the game. The Programmer
asks the first question, "What's the distance from the earth to the moon?"
Then Engineer doesn't say a word and just hands the Programmer $5.
Now, it's the Engineer's turn. He asks the Programmer, "What goes up a hill
with three legs and comes down on four?" The Programmer looks at him with a
puzzled look, takes out his laptop computer, looks through all his
references and after about an hour wakes the Engineer and hands the Engineer
$50. The Engineer politely takes the $50 turns away and tries to return to
The Programmer, a little miffed, asks, "Well what's the answer to the
question?" Without a word, the Engineer reaches into his wallet, hands $5 to
the Programmer, turns away and returns to sleep.
1.) Bill Gates wanted to look good and impress everyone with his
decided to measure the accomplishments of Microsoft against General Motors.
The comparison went like this: If automotive technology had kept pace with
computer technology over the past few decades, you would now be driving a
V-32 instead of a V-8, and it would have a top speed of 10,000 miles per
hour. (160,000km/hr) Or you could have an economy car that weighs 30 pounds
(14 kilos) and gets a thousand miles to a gallon of gas. In either case the
sticker price of a new car would be less than $50.
In response to all this goading, GM responds: "Yes, but would you really
want to drive a car that crashes four times a day?"
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