CIA director tells a funny computer engineering joke

CIA Director David Petraeus: Four engineers get in a car….

Had to pass this one along. Seems

CIA Director David Petraeus
CIA Director David Petraeus made an amusing computer engineering joke to start of his speech at the recent In-Q-Tel CEO Summit.  It goes like this:

"Well, up front, I know it takes a wide variety of expertise to come up with the truly amazing applications that are associated with In-Q-Tel and its portfolio. And when I thought of that, I recalled the story of the four engineers driving home from one of our partner startups in Silicon Valley-a mechanical engineer, a chemical engineer, an electrical engineer, and a computer engineer. And, sure enough, while heading up the West Valley Freeway, their car broke down.

They of course immediately sought to determine the cause, and the mechanical engineer naturally said, "Sounds to me as if the pistons have seized. We'll just have to strip down the engine."

"I'm not sure about that," offered the chemical engineer. "Seems to me the fuel might be contaminated. We should flush out the fuel system."

"No," the electrical engineer replied, "I think it's a grounding problem, or maybe a faulty plug lead. We need to check the wiring."

They all then turned to the computer engineer, who had said nothing, and asked for his opinion.

"Well," he said, "this is a tough one. How about if we all get out of the car and get back in again?"

Indeed. Know any good computer engineering jokes yourself?

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