|Help! Help! I'm being held prisoner in a systems software factory|
(This post might turn into hours of distraction from the task in hand, so I will try to be brief).
Way back when I was a Macintosh user. It was about the time that Apple switched to the PowerPC CPU series (System 7 I believe, I assume all of us here remember fat binaries?). The gossip in the halls, and I recall verifying it myself, was that there was an ASCII string in the code for System 7 which said something along the lines of "help! help! we're being held prisoner in a systems software factory" and was signed the blue meanies. I always assumed that they were called that as a reference to those nice folk at IBM who provided the CPUs for the machines, but apparently that's not the reason for the name.
Anyways, I'm spending the evening attending a school play (which was really quite good, and involved some nice product placement for my employer without any input from me ), and reviewing the 1.4 billion paper proposals for LCA. Yes, there is a constant scaling factor applied to that number, but I am sure you can work out to an order of magnitude what I am talking about. Anyways, there's some really good stuff there. I'm impressed. I sure hope I get to actually see some of the conference, as well as panicking and being grumpy.
1: There was a hobo character in the play. Apparently these school kids decided the best way of conveying hobo hood was to ware a cap from my employer. How very flattering. :)
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