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2002.03.18 Meeting Notes


  • AMD reports many working on its Hammer 64-bit processor are from the ex-Alpha CPU team at DEC.
  • AOL changing from IE to Mozilla.
  • SuSE 8.0 coming April 22nd.
  • Mandrake 8.2 out - Mandrake requesting money
  • Althon XP chips can be modified for use on dual-MP motherboards.
  • Microsoft monopoly case goes to penalty phase.
  • Many Java engines have vunerabilities (incl. Netscape 6.1's)
  • zlib has a memory bug which may cause vunerabilities.
  • PHP3/PHP4 file-upload code can lead to remote command execution.
  • GNU's HURD will finally be ready by the end of the year.
  • WINE has moved to LGPL.

Project Reports

  • Demo - The next demo will probably be Sat. March 23rd at the Davis Food Co-Op at 3pm.

  • Installfests - Our last Installfest was yesterday. About 12 people showed up.

  • LERT - No news.

  • Library - No news.

Other Business

  • California 4-H Presentation - Henry House and possibly Nicole Carlson and Bill Kendrick, will be representing LUGOD at a presentation to California 4-H kids at a leadership conference in the coming months. Details are still being ironed out.

  • Game - John Alden won a copy of Heretic II for making the closest guess as to how many lines of C code a Fortran95 compiler is made of: 200,000.

  • Raffle - We raffled off two Ikea plush penguins (Rod Roard and Tom won them), a copy of theKompany's "Kivio" design tool (Zach Johnson won it), and two DVD movies: Antitrust (Han won it) and AI: Artificial Intelligence, which, in an amazingly ironic stroke of luck, our speaker, Dr. Wallace, won!

  • Food - Steve Nguyen of TekSystems recruiting in Sacramento brought three deli sandwhiches, which were devoured within minutes. LUGOD then bought 8 pizzas, which didn't last much longer.

  • Financial Report - $98.96 in voluntary dues were collected.


  • Dr. Richard S. Wallace of the A.L.I.C.E. AI Foundation discussed "The Anatomy of A.L.I.C.E."

    Presentation slides (Powerpoint Presentation)


  • Pete Salzman
  • Henry House
  • Bill Kendrick
  • Rhonda Bailey
  • Melissa Hardenbrook
  • Alexandra Thorn
  • Gabe Rosa
  • Marianne Waage
  • Joel Baumert
  • Nicole Carlson
  • Rod Roark
  • Foo Lim
  • Jeff Newmiller
  • Matt Johnson
  • Dr. Richard S. Wallace
  • Mike Simons
  • Seth Nagao
  • Seth Z.
  • Brian Lavender
  • Marc Hasbrouck
  • Ryan
  • Mark K. Kim
  • Stephen Helms
  • Eric
  • Mike Simons
  • Zach Johnson
  • Jeff DeFay
  • Han
  • John Alden
  • ... and about 15-20 others


Photos of this meeting.

Quote of the Meeting:

  • "But you're nicer than I am" - Pete Salzman to Nicole Carlson, on why she'd be a better speaker for the 4-H presentation.

  • "I called my friend and said, 'I've committed the cardinal sin of computer science.' 'Oh no!,' he said, 'You've written a new [programming] language!'" - Dr. Wallace

  • "The brain is a really sh***y computer. The last thing I'd build a computer out of is meat." - Dr. Wallace

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