Too much college? (was: Connectors (was: NEXT Color Printer find

From: Lawrence Walker <>
Date: Mon Dec 31 19:55:08 2001

 Well from what I've heard about the "father of electricity" and Henry Ford for
that matter, he would hire a bunch of "promising" engineers like Tesla,
take what they've already discovered, claim them as products of his own
and become a wold-famous inventor. And of course, like Marconi, become the
"inventor of Radio" which we are now celebrating, despite the fact that Tesla
won a court decision in US courts to his primacy with it. History is written by
the Victors.


> On Mon, 31 Dec 2001, Dave McGuire wrote:
> > Ahh, those "engineers" who don't know which end of a soldering iron
> > gets hot.
> > A fond memory from around 1991, while working for a small defense
> > contractor in NJ, talking with a 2nd-year "summer slave" on loan from
> > MIT (of all places!). I'd assigned him to write some data reduction
> > code in FORTRAN for a remote sensing project, and later wound up
> > having to do it myself: . . .
> > Me: "No. You're fired."
> I catch a lot of flack at the college for teaching real-world programming,
> instead of UCBerkeley academic style. (such as teaching students to NOT
> use scanf() for keyboard input (According to Ritchie, it was NEVER
> intended for keyboard)).
> There is a classic old story about Edison.
> He had a college intern one summer. He handed the intern an empty
> lightbulb and asked him to find out what the volume was. The intern
> proceeded to calculate an equation for the shape, and integrate that
> around the rotational axis. After a few hours, Edison took the bulb away
> from him, filled it with water from the sink, and poured that into a
> graduated beaker.
> OB_CC: That makes the old Apple ad exceptionally out of line. Apple's ad said
> that if Edison were to have had an Apple, he could have simulated everything,
> instead of actually having to try things out in his workshop. Would he?
> --
> Grumpy Ol' Fred

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