* * *and on.
A novice was trying to fix a broken Lisp machine by turning the power off
Knight, seeing what the student was doing, spoke sternly: "You cannot fix amachine by just power-cycling it with no understanding of what is going wrong."
Knight turned the machine off and on.garbage collector. We must keep a reference count of the pointers to each cons."
The machine worked.
* * *
One day a student came to Moon and said: "I understand how to make a better
Moon patiently told the student the following story:
"One day a student came to Moon and said: `I understand how to make a better garbage collector...[Ed. note: Pure reference-count garbage collectors have problems with circular structures that point to themselves.]
* * *In the days when Sussman was a novice, Minsky once came to him as he sat hacking at the PDP-6.
"What are you doing?", asked Minsky.replied.
"I am training a randomly wired neural net to play Tic-Tac-Toe" Sussman
"Why is the net wired randomly?", asked Minsky.said.
"I do not want it to have any preconceptions of how to play", Sussman
Minsky then shut his eyes.morning meal.
"Why do you close your eyes?", Sussman asked his teacher.
"So that the room will be empty."
At that moment, Sussman was enlightened.
* * *
A disciple of another sect once came to Drescher as he was eating his
"I would like to give you this personality test", said the outsider,"because I want you to be happy."
Drescher took the paper that was offered him and put it into the toaster,saying: "I wish the toaster to be happy, too."