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There are 10 kinds of people in the world – those who understand binary, and those who don’t.






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  1. 1
    ThymeZone says:

    There are 10 kinds of people in the world – those who understand binary, and those who don’t.

    I am putting a Hex on you.

  2. 2
    dreggas says:

    ascii no questions ansi no lies…

  3. 3
    Tim F. says:

    Even though the one-liner is a triumphalist throat-clearing by the coder set, don’t walk away with the impression that I understand first thing about programming languages. I really don’t. But I found that bit funny as hell.

  4. 4
    dreggas says:

    But I found that bit funny as hell.

    Which one the 1 or the 0?

    :P

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    Marcus Wellby says:

    Ugh, its about this time when people starting throwing around Simpsons quotes…

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    steve davis says:

    A bit like something I said to a Dean once who was busy screwing me up the *** in my final year of an appointment: “There are three kinds of people in this world that I despise, and you’re two of them.”

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    chopper says:

    there are 10 kinds of people in the world – those who understand octal, those who don’t, and the other 6.

  8. 8
    Pb says:

    So, the Republicans have a plan now–what’s the Democrat plan to declare ‘Mission Accomplished’ before 2008win the war on terror?

  9. 9
    Mr Furious says:

    NERDS!!!!

    * Note to Welby, that doubles as a Simpsons quote.

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    Mr Furious says:

    ah, crap. stupid formatting..

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    jake says:

    Ugh, its about this time when people starting throwing around Simpsons quotes…

    Eeexcellent!

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    neil says:

    dreggas with a clear win.

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    RSA says:

    But I found that bit funny as hell.

    Sadly, that may be the funniest computer science joke you’ll ever hear, unless you’re a fan of AI koans.

  14. 14
    Fledermaus says:

    If anyone hasn’t noticed it yet: Sommersby at the daily howler is in rare form today. The combination of Dowd and Cohen on Al Gore this week seems to have blown a fuse and he is in full righteous rant mode.

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    demimondian says:

    God, RSA, how true.

    I gave a lecture at the mother ship yesterday, and the previous speaker made a joke about how you could tell a mathematician form a computer scientist: a mathematician starts all talks with a definition, a computer scientist, with a motivation. I stood up, and started my talk, got about fifteen minutes in, and said: “Oh, by the way, I’m a mathematician. Never mind that I haven’t given you a single definition yet.”

    My joke got a laugh — which shows how low the standard for cs humor actually is.

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    srv says:

    Let’s say there are people who can manipulate media channels to achieve a political or social goal. Many here would certainly believe a cabal in the WH and their friends (who aren’t ever right about anything, but always seem to keep their jobs as columnists) helped engineer the Iraq war.

    And are now trying to engineer a war in Iran.

    But let’s say you’ve got another goal. And you and your pals happen to have control over $100B or so. And you just happen to be athiests.

    Stuck in a hotel earlier this week, watching the cable news shows, Oprah and what-not, all these stories about finding Jesus in his tomb and “The Secret” book (you’d be happy if you just gave up worrying about all that religious crap), I’m almost thinking this isn’t all a coincidence.

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    caleb says:

    I see what you did there.

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    Zifnab says:

    Bill Donahue has exposed the well-known liberal bias in archeology.

    Fox News devoted a much longer segment to Cameron’s announcement on today’s edition of “The Live Desk with Martha MacCallum.” Leading off with a statement by Catholic League President Bill Donahue, in which Donahue calls Cameron an “egomaniac” who makes “preposterous claims” that amount to a “titanic fraud,”

    I blame Amanda Marcotte.

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    West Coast Libertarian says:

    I always understood that there were three kinds of people in the world; those who get math and those who don’t.

  20. 20
    r4d20 says:

    I got this quote on a tee-shirt 2 years ago.

    I’m a cooler geek than you :P

  21. 21
    r4d20 says:

    I got this quote on a tee-shirt 2 years ago.

    I’m a cooler geek than you :P

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    Kav says:

    that amount to a “titanic fraud,”

    oooh, did you see what he did there? if this whole religion thing doesn’t work out for him he can start doing comedy.

  23. 23
    rachel says:

    Did you guys know that it’s possible to die from a rotten tooth? But the USA has the best healthcare in the world!

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    Nikki says:

    Oh great. Geek speak.

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    MathBlock says:

    When I was in junior high school, decades and decades ago, “new math” was taught, and it took me a whole year plus a long summer’s tutoring to get to the point that I can understand that joke.

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    RSA says:

    My joke got a laugh—which shows how low the standard for cs humor actually is.

    I’ll embarrass myself slightly with another example of the low bar for humor in computer science. Several years ago I used to read and post to comp.lang.lisp, a newsgroup for the Common Lisp programming language. I recently discovered that someone had submitted a post of mine to alt.humor.best-of-usenet, my response to a student asking for a homework answer:

    Three missionaries and three cannibals are on one side of a river. They have a boat that can carry three people. At least one missionary is needed in the boat to row. They need to cross the river. The difficulty is that at no time is it safe to allow the cannibals to outnumber the missionaries on either side of the river or in the boat. If outnumbered, the missionaries would be eaten by the cannibals. How should they proceed to cross the river in a safe manner?

    I’d suggest tying the cannibals up, building a raft out of them (cf. Monty Python), and towing them behind the boat. To implement this solution in Lisp, you’ll need to learn about bindings, constructors, and floats.

    Barely comprehensible to a non-computer scientist, not especially funny (though I’d obviously thought it was clever at the time), and yet it passed for humor. . .

  27. 27

    Descartes walks into a bar. The bartender asks him if he wants a beer. Descartes responds “I think not.”

    So what were we talking about again?

  28. 28

    Did you guys know that it’s possible to die from a rotten tooth? But the USA has the best healthcare in the world!

    Yup. It seems that we are relearning a lot of things that can go wrong that we used to consider solved.

  29. 29

    Good news: Mission Accomplished!

    On Monday, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s cabinet in Baghdad approved the draft of the new Iraqi oil law. The government regards it as “a major national project”. The key point of the law is that Iraq’s immense oil wealth (115 billion barrels of proven reserves, third in the world after Saudi Arabia and Iran) will be under the iron rule of a fuzzy “Federal Oil and Gas Council” boasting “a panel of oil experts from inside and outside Iraq”. That is, nothing less than predominantly US Big Oil executives.

    The law represents no less than institutionalized raping and pillaging of Iraq’s oil wealth. It represents the death knell of nationalized (from 1972 to 1975) Iraqi resources, now replaced by production sharing agreements (PSAs) – which translate into savage privatization and monster profit rates of up to 75% for (basically US) Big Oil. Sixty-five of Iraq’s roughly 80 oilfields already known will be offered for Big Oil to exploit. As if this were not enough, the law reduces in practice the role of Baghdad to a minimum. Oil wealth, in theory, will be distributed directly to Kurds in the north, Shi’ites in the south and Sunnis in the center. For all practical purposes, Iraq will be partitioned into three statelets. Most of the country’s reserves are in the Shi’ite-dominated south, while the Kurdish north holds the best prospects for future drilling.

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    Punchy says:

    OT….

    Uh, anyone with a serious investment in the market needs to start shopping for diapers. If the Dow crosses undie 12K (yeah, it’s got a way to go) by Friday, it could be a free-for-all next week.

    Traders are always one step ahead. Sumpin’s up.

    Down 161 already.

  31. 31
    Jimmmm says:

    A neutron walks into a bar. The bartender says, “for you, no charge.”

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    RSA says:

    Uh, anyone with a serious investment in the market needs to start shopping for diapers.

    Can I start blaming Bill Clinton, or should I wait?

  33. 33

    “There are only two things I can’t stand in this world. People who are intolerant of other people’s cultures… and the Dutch.”
    — Nigel Powers

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    demimondian says:

    Speaking of blaming Clinton. Remember that DPRK uranium enrichment program? Yeah, well…not so much. Oops.

    Smooth move, Shrub!

    (h/t TPM.)

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    Face says:

    Remember that DPRK uranium enrichment program? Yeah, well…not so much. Oops.

    North Korea, charter member of the Axis of Suddenly Not Really All That Evil.

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    kchiker says:

    If anyone hasn’t noticed it yet: Sommersby at the daily howler is in rare form today. The combination of Dowd and Cohen on Al Gore this week seems to have blown a fuse and he is in full righteous rant mode.

    Bob Somerby is GOD.

  37. 37
    Third Eye Open says:

    So a goose walks into a bar, and the bartender says, “Hey!, your pants are down…”

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    canuckistani says:

    Would it be pedantic to point out the existence of 10 types of people, those who know binary, those who don’t, and those who know that the first element of an array is 0?

  39. 39

    There are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide people into two types, and all the many other types of people.

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    Face says:

    Would it be pedantic to point out the existence of 10 types of people, those who know binary, those who don’t, and those who know that the first element of an array is 0 never get laid?

    Fixed. Whoops! Sorry, the last part is just describing the first. Nevermind.

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    RSA says:

    those who know that the first element of an array is 0?

    Pure cultural bias.

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    demimondian says:

    Would it be pedantic to point out the existence of 10 types of people, those who know binary, those who don’t, and those who know that the first element of an array is 0?

    Not really.

    It would, however, be pedantic to point out that there are 10 types of people, those who know ternary, those who don’t, and those who’re read Knuth.

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    Rome Again says:

    Stuck in a hotel earlier this week, watching the cable news shows, Oprah and what-not, all these stories about finding Jesus in his tomb and “The Secret” book (you’d be happy if you just gave up worrying about all that religious crap), I’m almost thinking this isn’t all a coincidence.

    Just wait until they find the ark of the covenant in Ireland.

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    ThymeZone says:

    I’m getting a little behind the curve on this thread. I am, after all, almost an Octalgenarian.

    I’m sorry, that was base 8 of me to say.

  45. 45
    Rome Again says:

    I’m getting a little behind the curve on this thread. I am, after all, almost an Octalgenarian.

    I’m sorry, that was base 8 of me to say.

    You are NOT, and if you want some excuse, I can see some ex-10-uating circumstances.

    :)

    Just trying to help!

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    ThymeZone says:

    Just trying to help!

    Thank you 100 that.

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    Punchy says:

    Is a Hedgehog a rodent?

    If so, this makes much more sense. The money shot:

    I don’t think the phrase ‘hung like a harvest mouse’ will be catching on any time soon.”

    I disagree. Darrell uses that all the time, from what the local high schoolers have been telling me…

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    Ryan S. says:

    I can’t count on one hand, about 110 times, how many time I thought about buying one of these and putting it up at work. Then I have second thoughts and worry some idiot will pass by and do a “Boston”. Then a 1000 men will show up and detonate my cubicle.

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    demimondian says:

    My mother decided that she so loved the BCD clock that she inflicted one on me some years ago. It proved incredibly useful when I was running interviews in my office; until quite recently, very few candidates actually knew that there was a clock anywhere in my office.

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    Bombadil says:

    Two guys walk into a bar, which is stupid, because after the first one hit it the second one should have walked around it.

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