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Process by which material is transferred from the professor's notebook to that of the student without passing through the mind of either.

Drug Dealers

Software Developers

Refer to their clients as "users".Refer to their clients as "users".
"The first one's free!""Download a free trial version..."
Have important South-East Asian connections (to help move the stuff).Have important South-East Asian connections (to help debug the code).
Strange jargon: "Stick," "Rock," "Dime bag," "E".Strange jargon: "SCSI," "RTFM," "Java," "ISDN".
Realize that there's tons of cash in the 14- to 25-year-old market.Realize that there's tons of cash in the 14- to 25-year-old market.
Job is assisted by the industry's producing newer, more potent mixes.Job is assisted by the industry's producing newer, faster machines.
Often seen in the company of pimps and hustlers.Often seen in the company marketing people and venture capitalists.
Their product causes unhealthy addictions.DOOM. Quake. SimCity. Duke Nukem 3D. 'Nuff said.
Do your job well, and you can sleep with sexy movie stars who depend on you.Damn! Damn! DAMN!!!

To the tune of "Mr. Ed":

A host is a host from coast to coast
But no one will talk to a host that's close
Unless of course the host that's close is busy, hung, or dead.
- I originally saw it in the CMU CS undergraduate lounge. It's been around, though.
The graduate with a Science degree asks, "Why does it work?"
The graduate with an Engineering degree asks, "How does it work?"
The graduate with an Accounting degree asks, "How much will it cost?"
The graduate with a Liberal Arts degree asks, "Do you want fries with that?"
Yeah, I know this could be offensive. If any of the material on this page offends you, my apologies...but asking me to remove it won't work ;-)

I figure, when I'm confronted with something new, my statements go like this: How does this work, why does it work, how much does it cost, and I want fries with that.

Engineers think that equations approximate the real world.
Scientists think that the real world approximates equations.
Mathematicians are unable to make the connection...

"The POP3 server service depends on the SMTP server service, which
 failed to start because of the following error:
 'The operation completed successfully.'" -- Windows NT Server v3.51

A Mathematician, a Biologist and a Physicist are sitting in a street cafe watching people going in and coming out of the house on the other side of the street. First they see two people going into the house. Time passes. After a while they notice three persons coming out of the house.

The Physicist: "The measurement wasn't accurate."
The Biologist: "They have reproduced".
The Mathematician: "If now exactly 1 person enters the house then it will be empty again."

Pittsburgh Driver's Test

(7) The car directly in front of you has a flashing right tail light   
    but a steady left tail light.  This means                          

        (a) one of the tail lights is broken; you should blow your horn
            to call the problem to the driver's attention.             
        (b) the driver is signaling a right turn.                      
        (c) the driver is signaling a left turn.                       
        (d) the driver is from out of town.                            

The correct answer is (d).  Tail lights are used in some foreign       
countries to signal turns.                                             

USER, n.:

The word computer professionals use when they mean "idiot."

-- Dave Barry, "Claw Your Way to the Top"

Did you hear about the statistics professor who drowned in a pool which had an average depth of 30 cm?

Three engineering students were gathered together discussing the possible designers of the human body. One said, "It was a mechanical engineer. Just look at all the joints." Another said, "No, it was an electrical engineer. The nervous system has many thousands of electrical connections." The last said, "Actually it was a civil engineer. Who else would run a toxic waste pipeline through a recreational area?

An engineer, a physicist, and a mathematician are shown a pasture with a herd of sheep, and told to put them inside the smallest possible amount of fence. The engineer is first. He herds the sheep into a circle and then puts the fence around them, declaring, "A circle will use the least fence for a given area, so this is the best solution." The physicist is next. She creates a circular fence of infinite radius around the sheep, and then draws the fence tight around the herd, declaring, "This will give the smallest circular fence around the herd." The mathematician is last. After giving the problem a little thought, he puts a small fence around himself and then declares, "I define myself to be on the outside!"

In some foreign country a priest, a lawyer and an engineer are about to be guillotined. The priest puts his head on the block, they pull the rope and nothing happens -- he declares that he's been saved by divine intervention -- so he's let go. The lawyer is put on the block, and again the rope doesn't release the blade. He claims he can't be executed twice for the same crime, and so he is set free too. They grab the engineer and shove his head into the guillotine, he looks up at the release mechanism and says, "Wait a minute, I see your problem......"

An engineer, a mathematician, and a physicist went to the races one Saturday and laid their money down. Commiserating in the bar after the race, the engineer says, "I don't understand why I lost all my money. I measured all the horses and calculated their strength and mechanical advantage and figured out how fast they could run..."

The physicist interrupted him: "...but you didn't take individual variations into account. I did a statistical analysis of their previous performances and bet on the horses with the highest probability of winning..."

" if you're so hot why are you broke?" asked the engineer. But before the argument had a chance to grow, the mathematician takes out his pipe and they get a glimpse of his well-fattened wallet. Obviously here was a man who knows something about horses. They both demanded to know his secret.

"Well," he says, between puffs on the pipe, "first I assumed all the horses were identical and spherical..."

Pittsburgh Driver's Test

			(8) Pedestrians are                             

			    (a) irrelevant.                             
			    (b) communists.                             
			    (c) a nuisance.                             
			    (d) difficult to clean off the front grille.

The correct answer is (a).  Pedestrians are not in cars, so they are    
totally irrelevant to driving; you should ignore them completely.       


The true story of user interfaces

A great story about the FreeBSD Daemon

Here is a link to a period piece, actually a just little before my own time, but it is extremely funny none the less. I didn't proofread the document for errors, just htmlized it. The BBS LoserUsers: HTML or the original TXT.

Just a little something passed on to me on the history of virus

Some of this Section removed to the comics page.

Humor Links...

The BOFH CollectionComputer professionals everywhere give Simon applause for these great works...may the Bastard Operator From Hell rock on! Hmm. Not functional. Need to find new site.
GreenguyText rendition of the green guy from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the coolest book in the Galaxy.
World's Smallest Political QuizNot exactly humor, but Politics is humorous, so it fits in.
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