Thursday, March 22, 2007

Laws, Taxes and Computer Science

So if I get a number of P=NP and P≠NP "proofs" what do the law professors get? A long email argument that most income tax is illegal. I'll spare you the full email (but if you are really curious here is the website).

How do I know about the email to our law faculty? Because the message was cc'd to the CS faculty because of the following line:

I know that some people aren't comfortable using a computer. If you need help with a computer to search the tax code (US Code, and Code of Federal Regulations), perhaps one of the computer science faculty can assist you.
I don't hold much credence in his legal arguments but I know for sure he has no clue about computer science.


  1. Hey Lance,

    "The Code does not lie."

  2. One of my favorite quotes, which I have on my office wall, due to E. W. Dijkstra:

    "Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes"

  3. BTW, I also have heard that Federal Reserve is actually a private central bank. Is this true?

  4. I think the best way to explain computer science is to list the things that it has nothing to do with them like tax code, photoshop, microsoft excel and etc.

  5. Judge: Who are you?

    Man in Courtroom: I'm a Doctor of Computer Science!

    Judge: Can you fix an iPod?

    Man: No.

    Judge: Well, sit down then!