Inside Intel - Not sure what this says about our culture ...
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 94 12:46:52 PST
Subject: Inside Intel - Not sure what this says about our culture ...
[I've known the story quoted here since childhood, but this certainly puts it
in an unexpected light... -psl]
Subject: Pentium rejoinder circulating inside Intel ...
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 94 10:34:51 PST
Subject: Putting the Pentium FPU problem in perspective
The Pentium fiasco has cast a somber shadow over our company
this holiday season. This little story is one that I heard
just recently. It helps me view the problem with a different
perspective, and I urge you to distribute it to anyone and
everyone that you know who might be "down in the dumps,"
working the Pentium hot line, or otherwise in need of a more
positive view of the matter.
... Jxx Gxxxxx ...
Once there was a little boy named Amos, who was considered
by most to be a little "slow." The other boys in the
neighborhood teased him unmercifully. Their favorite method
of ridicule was to place a dime and a nickel in the palm of
their hand and let Amos select whichever of the coins he
wanted to keep. Amos would invariably choose the nickel, and
the boys would roar with laughter and mockery. They would
sarcastically congratulate him on correctly choosing the
larger coin, since it must surely be of greater value than
the smaller one.
One day, the boys enacted their mockery upon Amos while his
father stood a short distance way, just outside their view.
Much to their delight, and just as predicted, he once again
chose the nickel. The boys cheered and laughed, and then ran
off, leaving Amos behind to contemplate his choice.
"Son," said his father, "those boys are teasing you. You
know that, don't you?"
Casting his eyes to the ground, Amos replied "Yes, I know."
"You're smart enough to know that the dime is more valuable
than the nickel, aren't you?" His father asked.
"Yes," replied Amos, without looking up.
"Then why do you always choose the nickel?" his father
"Because if I took the dime," answered Amos, looking up with
a devilish squint in his eye, "they would stop making the
© 1994 Peter Langston