Judicial Humor on the Computer's Gender
(From New York Times, November 18, 1998)

The Microsoft trial is not all fireworks by any means.  There are long stretches of tedium and droning testimony on the dry technical details of computing.

To lighten things up, United States District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson began the afternoon session here today by saying that the court is on "some e-mail humor list."  He then read a computer humor entry he thought amusing.

Both men and women, it seems, were asked what gender would be the most appropriate for computers.

The women, the e-mail message said, agreed that computers should be masculine for the following four reasons.

The men, according to the e-mail message, agreed that computers should be feminine for the following four reasons:

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