Berkeley CSUA MOTD:1998:March:25 Wednesday <Tuesday, Thursday>
Berkeley CSUA MOTD
1998/3/25 [Computer/SW/Languages/C_Cplusplus, Science] UID:13858 Activity:nil
3/24    International Semiconductor Technology is looking for Java/C/C++
        programmers. Nowhere do I see jobs where I'm more appropriate, and this
        is true with a lot of companies nowadays. What the hell is going on?!?!?
        \_ You've become irrelevant.  Report to your nearest re-education
           camp to be re-engineered to new core competencies.
           \_ Will going to grad school just for a year or two and get an MS
                \_ That's a waste of time and money. Yeah go ahead.
              \_ Only if you learn something there.
1998/3/25-27 [Computer/SW/OS/Windows] UID:13859 Activity:kinda low
3/24    Judge orders m$ to stop calling its sabotaged piece of crap "Java."
        \_ has gone from anti-Microsoft to pro-Microsoft
           in a matter of weeks. Reading the articles you can just tell that
           they've ignored all anti-M$ pointers. Something is up!!!
                \_ What are you ranting about?  I read the only article there
                   and can't see your little conspiracy.
                   \_ Of course you can't see it.  IT'S _THAT_ GOOD!!!!1!!!
1998/3/25 [Reference/Tax] UID:13860 Activity:kinda low
3/25    Where can I get a Schedule D form? Thanks!!!
        \_ All tax forms are available on the IRS website
1998/3/25-26 [Computer/HW/CPU] UID:13861 Activity:insanely high
3/25    What is the human facination with the letter X? We have:
        DX (basic), LX (luxurious), EX (extra luxurious), FX (special effect),
        GX (Nissan GXE), MX (Cyrix MX chip), RX (Acura/Integra), SX (486 SX),
        TX (Fujitsu TX), XXX, X-files??? Why???
        \_ Of the 25486 words in my machine's /usr/dict/words file, 636 of
           them have the letter "x".  If there were an even distribution of
           letters among all words, then ~980 should have an "x".  At roughly
           2/3rds the purely staticially expected word count, I don't think
           there are as many "x"'s in use as there should be and advertisers
           recognise this and try to make up for it a bit by throwing in a few
           extra "x"'s here and there.  The letter is woefully under utilised.
           Use an X today!
             -President and Co-founder of the Society for the Better Use of X.
        \_ Well, exxxxxxxxxxcuse me!
                                \_ XXX-Files!
        \_ Dont' forget X window system...
           \_ and the worst gaming API ever - DirectX!
        \_ Cuz X is 'exotic' -- it seems special in marketing drool-speak
        \_ "sex" ends with an X, so everything else wants to.
        \_ The letter X has special appeal to the average clueless consumer
           who never really know what he/she really wants in life. It's all
           a result of marketting research.
1998/3/25-27 [Recreation/Computer/Games, Computer/Theory, Recreation/Sports] UID:13862 Activity:high
3/25    Are there any practical applications of Conway's Game of Life?
        \_ xlock
        \_ [ignorant babbling about the board game deleted]
        \_ A PC moria/angband/rogue/etc clone called ADOM uses it to determine
           growth for various plant life in the game.
           \_ Just saying "no" would have been shorter.
           \_ I thought there was some use for that and other cellular automata
              in generating pseudo-random numbers.
        \_ there's an encryption scheme based on a 1D cellular automaton
           called CA with a standing challenge to crack it
        \_ cellular automata are still an inspiration for some artificial
           life work.  And they're equivalent to Universal Turing Machines,
           so you can do math on Life if you want to go to the trouble.
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