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Updated 06/14/06
Learning The Benefit Of Hindsight

Up-and-coming visionaries get chided all the time by the establishment.
 Here are some classics that will inspire them to power on for the betterment of humanity.

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." --Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949.

 "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." --Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.

 "I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year." --The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957.

"But what ... is it good for?" --Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968
commenting on the microchip.

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." --Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977.

 "This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us." --Western Union internal memo, 1876.

 "The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?" --David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.

 "The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible." --A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)

 "Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" --H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927. "I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary Cooper." --Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in "Gone With The Wind."

 "A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make." --Response to Debbi Fields' idea of starting Mrs. Fields' Cookies.

 "We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." --Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.

 "Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible." --Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.

 "If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can't do this." --Spencer Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives for 3-M "Post-It" Notepads.

"So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we' ll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.'" --Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and HP interested in his and Steve Wozniak's personal computer.

 "Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools." --1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's revolutionary rocket work.

 "You want to have consistent and uniform muscle development across all of your muscles? It can't be done. It's just a fact of life. You just have to accept inconsistent muscle development as an unalterable condition of weight training." --Response to Arthur Jones, who solved the "unsolvable" problem by inventing Nautilus.

 "Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're crazy." --Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859.

 "Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau." --Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929.

 "Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value." --Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.

 "Everything that can be invented has been invented." --Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.

 "Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction". --Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872.

 "The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon". --Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria 1873.

"640K ought to be enough for anybody." -- Bill Gates, 1981.


 Great Moments in Physics

The following concerns a question in a physics degree exam
 at the  University of Copenhagen:

Question: "Describe how to determine the height of a skyscraper using a barometer."

One student replied:

 "You tie a long piece of string to the neck of the barometer,
 then lower the barometer from the roof of the skyscraper to
 the ground. The length of the string plus the length of the
 barometer will equal the height of the building."

 This highly original answer so incensed the examiner that
 the student was failed. The student appealed on the grounds
 that his answer was indisputably correct, and the university
  appointed an independent arbiter to decide the case. The
 arbiter judged that the answer was indeed correct, but did
 not display any noticeable knowledge of physics. To resolve
 the problem it was decided to call the student in and allow
 him six minutes in which to provide a verbal answer which
 showed at least a minimal familiarity with the basic principles
 of physics.

 For five minutes the student sat in silence, forehead creased
 in thought. The arbiter reminded him that time was running
 out, to which the student replied that he had several
 extremely relevant answers, but couldn't make up his mind
 which to use.

 On being advised to hurry up the student replied  as follows:

 "Firstly, you could take the barometer up to the roof of the
 skyscraper, drop it over the edge, and measure the time it
 takes to reach the ground. The height of the building can
 then be worked out from the formula H = 0.5g x t squared.
But bad luck on the  barometer."

 "Or if the sun is shining you could measure the height of the
 barometer, then set it on end and measure the length of its
 shadow. Then you measure the length of the skyscraper's
 shadow, and thereafter it is a simple matter of proportional
 arithmetic to work out the height of the skyscraper."

 "But if you wanted to be highly scientific about it, you could
 tie a short piece of string to the barometer and swing it like a
 pendulum, first at ground level and then on the roof of the
 skyscraper. The height is worked out by the difference in the
 gravitational restoring force T = 2 pi sqroot (l / g)."

 "Or if the skyscraper has an outside emergency staircase, it
 would be easier to walk up it and mark off the height of the
 skyscraper in barometer lengths, then add them up."

 "If you merely wanted to be boring and orthodox about it, of
 course, you could use the barometer to measure the air
 pressure on the roof of the skyscraper and on the ground,
 and convert the difference in millibars into feet to give the
 height of the building."

 "But since we are constantly being exhorted to exercise
 independence of mind and apply scientific methods, undoubtedly
 the best way would be to knock on the janitor's door and say
 to him 'If you would like a nice new barometer, I will give
 you this one if you tell me the height of this skyscraper'."

 The student was Niels Bohr, the only person from Denmark
 to win the Nobel prize for Physics.

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        BILL GATES AND THE NUMBER 666======s
====The real name of "the" Bill Gates is William Henry Gates III.
Nowadays he is known as Bill Gates (III), where "III" means the order of third (3rd.)
By converting the letters of his current name to the ASCII-values and adding his (III), you get the following:
B   =   66
 I    =   73
 L   =   76
 L   =  76
 G   =  71
 A    =  65
 T    =  84
 E    =  69
 S    =  83
 III    =    3
Some might ask, "How did Bill Gates get so powerful?"
Or just the beginning of mankind's ultimate and total enslavement?
Before you decide, consider the following:
M S - D O S 6 . 2 1
77+83+45+68+79+83+32+54+46+50+49 = 666
W I N D O W S 9 5
87+73+78+68+79+87+83+57+53+1 = 666


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