Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Compare cell phone plans using Wirefly's innovative plan comparison tool ×
IT

IT Execs On Their Dream Dinner Guests 83

StewBeans writes: In this lighthearted article for the holiday, IT executives were asked, if they could invite any technologist living or deceased to their Thanksgiving dinner, who would they invite and why? One CTO said that he'd invite the CTO of Amazon, Werner Vogels, so he could hear his thoughts on the future of cloud computing. Another would invite Ratan Tata, who he calls the "Bill Gates of India." Other responses range from early visionaries like Grace Hopper and Vint Cerf to the mysterious inventors/designers of the Roland TR-808.
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

IT Execs On Their Dream Dinner Guests

Comments Filter:
  • by Anonymous Coward

    A few of their internal employees so they would learn first hand what a mess they created throughout the year. Most IT execs have no f*cking clue.

  • by 93 Escort Wagon ( 326346 ) on Thursday November 26, 2015 @03:22AM (#51007011)

    I really don't want to listen to someone ramble on and on with their mouth full of food.

    Perhaps inviting them to hang out afterward would be a better idea.

  • Seriously, this is a story?

    On the other hand I would want to talk to Archimedes, his work on the catapults is of great interest to me, I would like to use one of his inventions to catapult this site.

    • The comments make a story. And I bet this page will have tons of comments..
    • by Rei ( 128717 )

      On the other hand I would want to talk to Archimedes

      You speak ancient Greek and can communicate with the dead? Okay, I'm impressed. ;)

      Thanksgiving trivia for the day: the word for "turkey" comes from extensive and long-running confusion about where the bird came from. For example, in English it's called Turkey. In Turkey it's called "hindi", referring to India. In India it's called Peru. In Peru it's called "pavo", referring to peacocks, which are native to south and southeast asia, such as India (cyclic

      • "Thanksgiving trivia for the day: "

        Folks, put a copy of this post in your Evernote so that if some relative at the dinner table brings up Islam or Black Lives Matter, you can whip out your smartphone and deflect the conversation before everybody starts screaming and throwing turkey at each other.

    • On the other hand I would want to talk to Archimedes,

      Really? You know he discovered his famous principle while working for the King? In other words it was government work funded by the hard earned tax drachmas stolen under threat of violence from the greek populace.

      And you call yourself a libertarian.

    • Seriously, this is a story?

      On the other hand I would want to talk to Archimedes, his work on the catapults is of great interest to me, I would like to use one of his inventions to catapult this site.

      See - you played along. Got you to think, and you made an interesting and funny choice.

      I'd choose Ben Franklin myself.

    • I would want to talk to Archimedes

      Archimedes's life is well documented, so you wouldn't learn much that is new. I would want to talk to the inventor of the Antikythera device.

  • Alan Turing? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by hcs_$reboot ( 1536101 ) on Thursday November 26, 2015 @03:35AM (#51007059)
    Show Alan Turing how his own work and discoveries, indirectly widely used today, are of major importance. And also, maybe ask him what he thinks about the "posthumous pardon" he was granted from the queen, only 61 years after his death...
    • by Anonymous Coward

      He would probably lose some of his appetite, or at least barf a little to his tea when shown the latest Phi on the center of the cookie platter. Turing was slightly anti-floating point unit at one time.

  • Be sure to invite a representative number of non-hetero white phallocrats.

    P.S. Clickbait much?

  • So you guys woke me from the grave to discuss your thoughts on your IT business? I'm dead? I feel sick. What's going to happen when you're done with me? Can I go and see my family? This is horrible, I wish you'd left me in the ground.

  • by Jack Griffin ( 3459907 ) on Thursday November 26, 2015 @05:25AM (#51007261)
    My choice of dinner date would be a table full of porn chicks and a bag of coke. Who wants to talk shop outside of work hours?
    • Porn chicks? You mean the ones that have had a full body wax and look like they are doing their tax forms when they are mechanically copulating? Wouldn't an inflatable doll seem more interested? And it would come with less risk of infections.

      As for speeding along on coke or similar during sex: it really isn't interesting. Take a clue from the old Stones song "Satisfaction" - having hours of erection isn't much fun when the knob is is numb.

      • As for speeding along on coke or similar during sex: it really isn't interesting. Take a clue from the old Stones song "Satisfaction" - having hours of erection isn't much fun when the knob is is numb.

        Don't believe everything you read....

    • by laejoh ( 648921 )
      I work for the IRS you insensitive clod!
  • Bill Gates
    Steve Ballmer
    Larry Ellison
    Lennart Poettering
    Richard M. Stallman
    Lucretia Borgia

  • Come on, /.! You're missing the obvious. Spin this as a social justice troll FEEL GUILTY issue.

    Ada, Countess of Lovelace, Enchantress of Numbers; Rear Admiral Hopper, Pirate Queen (yarr!), Lady of the Nanosecond (ok, I'm just making shit up now); Alan Turing, and Hedy Lamarr are right there in TFA, but they don't make it into the summary!? Instead we just get a bunch of cis het white (performing type promotion Indian to white for Ratan Tata) misogynerds!

    I mean, ok, Dice, I get the cloud and Bill Gates wu

  • by lucm ( 889690 ) on Thursday November 26, 2015 @09:13AM (#51007721)

    I would spend the whole time giving him ideas like bashd, which would includes commands such as:
    -lsctl
    -rmctl
    -victl

    and I'd also suggest that he starts working on PulseWifi, because just like audio and daemons, wifi is something that needs to be reinvented.

  • Douglas Engelbart. I'd love for him to show my family the Mother of All Demos in person.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... [wikipedia.org]
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... [wikipedia.org]

  • IF I were a billionaire IT exec, I'd invite two African Americans, Neil de Grasse Tyson and Elon Musk and have them debate the future of the human presence in space. I'd make it like a fund-raising political dinner. Whoever won the debate would get a fresh infusion of funds for their pet space venture, whether of the radio-optical or propulsive variety.
  • would be an interesting showdown!
  • Genghis Khan, Napoleon, Hitler and the Tyrant of Rigel.

  • In no particular order:

    C.A.R. Hoare [wikipedia.org]
    Perr Brinch Hansen [computer.org]
    Gordon Bell [microsoft.com]
    Dave Cutler [wikipedia.org]

     

  • So we can tell them how badly that we need more H1B's

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Who the hell cares what or who the rich cats at the top want to eat with? You'll note none of them said "the poor bastards I laid off or that guys who's career I destroyed when he trusted me and I stabbed him in the back." I've known 100's of executives and about 3% of them got there in an honorable way.

The rich get rich, and the poor get poorer. The haves get more, the have-nots die.

Working...