664: Academia vs. Business
|Academia vs. Business|
Title text: Some engineer out there has solved P=NP and it's locked up in an electric eggbeater calibration routine. For every 0x5f375a86 we learn about, there are thousands we never see.
Cueball has solved some tricky and very important problem in computer science.
The comic splits into two timelines. Showing the brilliant computer code he'd written to somebody who actually knows computer code allows the academician to see the programmer's true brilliance and get him much-earned plaudits from the academic community.
In the alternate timeline (implied to be what actually happens), the boss, not possessing that knowledge, simply sees the results, and not the means Cueball used to attain them. He then gives Cueball another assignment. This, sadly, is Truth in Television, as the private sector seems to only care about your results, not how you came about them.
- [Cueball sits at a desk in front of a computer. There are cans on the desk and more crushed ones on the floor.]
- Cueball: I just wrote the most beautiful code of my life.
- Cueball: They casually handed me an impossible problem. In 48 hours and 200 lines, I SOLVED it.
- [Lines divide the comic into two possible end panels here, labeled "Academia" and "Business."]
- Professor: My god ... this will mean a half-dozen papers, a thesis or two, and a paragraph in every textbook on queuing theory!
- Boss: You got the program to stop jamming up? Great. While you're fixing stuff, can you get Outlook to sync with our new phones?