• IBM vs. Microsoft

    From Sean Dennis@1:18/200 to All on Saturday, July 17, 2021 15:56:30
    Three Microsoft software engineers and three IBM software engineers are traveling by train to a conference. At the station, the three IBM
    software engineers each buy tickets and watch as the three Microsoft
    software engineers buy only a single ticket.

    "How are three people going to travel on only one ticket?' asks one of
    the IBM programmers.

    "Watch and you'll see," answers the Microsoft programmer.

    They all board the train. The IBM software engineers take their
    respective seats but all three Microsoft software engineers cram into a restroom and close the door behind them.

    Shortly after the train has departed, the conductor comes around
    collecting tickets. He knocks on the restroom door and says, "ticket,
    please." The door opens just a crack and a single arm emerges with a
    ticket in hand. The conductor takes it and moves on.

    The IBM software engineers witness all this and agreed it was quite a
    clever idea. So after the conference, the IBMers decide to copy the Microsofties on the return trip and save some money.

    When they get to the station, they buy a single ticket for the return
    trip. To their astonishment, the Microsoft programmers don't buy a
    ticket at all.

    "How are you going to travel without a ticket?" asks one of the
    perplexed IBM employees.

    "Watch and you'll see," answers one of the Microsoft programmers.

    When they board the train the three IBM programmers cram into the first restroom they can. The three Microsoft programmers pile into another one nearby. Shortly thereafter, the train leaves the station.

    After a brief interval, one of the Microsoft software engineers leaves
    his restroom and walks over to the restroom where the IBM programmers
    are hiding. He knocks on the door and says, "Ticket, please..."

    -- Sean

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