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Microsoft's secret child-prodigy

No, really. Assuming this story isn't an April Fool's joke (Edit: So it was. Sigh. Posted this before I finished reading... still appealing to geeks everywhere, I'm sure), they have a 9-year-old on staff in a black-budget program. Freakish, yet oddly appealing to the child-geek in us all, I bet:

http://www.seattleweekly.com/features/9913/features-barcott.shtml

Chris

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clevermanka
Jan. 20th, 2005 07:07 pm (UTC)
Did you read the Correction at the bottom?

"Correction
There were a number of errors in the 4/1 cover story on Microsoft's Thought Recognition technology. Robert Warburg, an analyst with the Bay Area venture capital firm Klein & Fairfield, does not, as was implied in the article, exist. Nor does Klein & Fairfield. Microsoft has never employed Vikram Narayan, who does not exist. Workers from Vanstar do not deliver Dell PowerEdge processors and Precision 610 workstations to Building 8 every Monday morning. Microsoft does not keep an account with Radio Shack. Radio Shack does not employ an individual named Scott Roberts. The waitstaff at the Redmond Red Robin does not turn the bar televisions to Pokemon every afternoon. Russell Meyer does not publish the zine Faster Machine, Kill! Kill! Carnegie-Mellon Institute of Technology does not employ an individual named Daniel Rabelli. There is no newspaper called the Soap Lake Tribune. There is no such thing as the Foundation for Online Privacy based in Bethesda, Maryland. The Kansas University Cognitive Science Project does not employ E. Claire Winchell, who does not exist. Nine-year-old genius Rupert Tollefsen does not exist, although the editors would like to thank Andrew Rowny, his mother, Lori Larsen, and his grandmother, Greta Larsen, for lending his presence to our writer, Bruce Barcott, and photographer, Rick Dahms. Seattle Weekly apologizes for these, and other, unregrettable errors."
mckitterick
Jan. 20th, 2005 07:32 pm (UTC)
Dammit, should finish reading an article before posting to LJ, eh?

;-)

Chris
clevermanka
Jan. 20th, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC)
Prob'ly, yeah.
saycestsay
Jan. 20th, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC)
Isn't that the kind of correction you'd expect to see at the bottom of an article leaking a super-secret research staff? I bet the Men in Black are behind it all.
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saycestsay
Jan. 21st, 2005 01:15 am (UTC)
Yeah, MIR: the super-SUPER-secret arm of MIB. We don't know if they wear sunglasses or not because all the reports have been denied as vicious April Fool's jokes. Ha!
stroppy_baggage
Jan. 20th, 2005 08:34 pm (UTC)
Hate to mention this, but that was put in the Seattle Weekly when you were still living here, doofus!

Your memory's going, oldster.
c3fyn
Jan. 21st, 2005 05:48 am (UTC)
But...but...I want it to be true!

When's the movie gonna come out?
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