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If you have, I’ve missed it. Or forgotten about it. Or repressed it.
The FDIV bug on the other hand I remember. And … some … ridiculing of how Intel handled things.
At the risk of repeating myself then…
I was interviewing at Intel for a job as a “system architect.” (Whatever that meant at Intel). The year would have been 1995’ish, I suppose, as I recall that my research colleague, Atul (https://sites.ecse.rpi.edu//frisc/students/garg/) , was also along for the trip. In retrospect, I believe I didn’t know, going in, what job I was interviewing for, and didn’t learn until later that they pencilled me in as “system architect.”
Having successfully peed in a cup in Troy, NY and Intel having decided my urine was the appropriate shade of yellow (I assume), I was invited to fly to Santa Clara, CA to interview with the good folks at Intel HQ. I think they put me up at some shitty hotel on El Camino Real.
Anyway, on the day of the interview I drove my rental car over to Mission College Blvd for my interview, and observed somebody writing down the license plates of cars in the parking lot. As I was being escorted to the small conference room where I would interview (unlike pretty much everyplace else I interviewed, rather than take me from room-to-room, my interviewers met me in one spot), my “tour guide” introduced me to a southeast Asian gentleman whose name I cannot remember, and who happened to be passing by the other way.
As soon as he was out of earshot, my guide said, not in a whisper, “that’s the dummy who introduced the FDIV bug.”
The rest of my day consisted of listening to people arguing in the hallways whenever the door to the conference room opened.
I got the job offer, and turned it down. Later I was approached by a small start-up who had been following my research without me knowing about it, and I took that job instead