Ok, I'm sorry if this is inappropriate, close the post, delete it, ban me for a week, delete my account, kill my cat, burn me alive, but I just couldn't resist...

The question is: Why wouldn't Olin Lathrop deserve his own facts statements ? Chuck Norris has them, Jon Skeet has them, so I see no reason not to apply this to the most reputed man here, right ?

Here are a few:

  • Olin built a circuit that could read the contents of the write-only memory from Signetics. When he was 10.
  • Olin isn't actually active on StackExchange. The posts you see are sent from a PIC18F97J60 programmed by Olin some 4 years ago, simply connected to a DSL router (that he designed).
  • On the first day, God said "Let there be light". Olin posted a comment: "You didn't specify the number of LEDs and the supply voltage. Screw this."

Do you have some more ?


closed as primarily opinion-based by W5VO Apr 27 '16 at 20:43

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    \$\begingroup\$ @Olin, I'm sorry, but I just had to laugh out loud at that last one! \$\endgroup\$ – Dave Tweed Apr 27 '16 at 20:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ On hold already ? I was hoping a few more... Ok, I'm sorry. \$\endgroup\$ – dim Apr 27 '16 at 21:06
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    \$\begingroup\$ No. If you go to the Jon Skeet Facts page, you will notice that it is locked with a notice saying: "This question exists because it has historical significance, but it is not considered a good, on-topic question for this site, so please do not use it as evidence that you can ask similar questions here." \$\endgroup\$ – W5VO Apr 27 '16 at 22:12
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Dave: I laughed at that one too, and the others. \$\endgroup\$ – Olin Lathrop Apr 28 '16 at 12:10
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    \$\begingroup\$ The real Olin Lathrop facts: Interview with Olin Lathrop. \$\endgroup\$ – Nick Alexeev Dec 20 '16 at 21:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ I just saw this. ROFL! :-]] Add this, if you want: Olin never uses the watchdog. The MCU firmware is already too scared: it will never ever think of deadlocking. \$\endgroup\$ – Lorenzo Donati Oct 16 '18 at 19:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ BTW, from that interview @Nick linked to it seems also that... Olin never flushes the toilet alone. Every time he flushes, any toilet in a 100m radius automatically develops a temporary embedded AI that forces it to flush at the same time. \$\endgroup\$ – Lorenzo Donati Oct 16 '18 at 19:20
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    \$\begingroup\$ @LorenzoDonati I like the watchdog one. But I'm afraid the bump from the editing will remind people of this post, which will lead to its deletion... Oh, nevermind, I'm doing it anyway. \$\endgroup\$ – dim Oct 17 '18 at 7:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ @clabacchio I guess the rollback means: "Just leave this post alone and let everyone forget about it"... All right, then, I won't touch it again. \$\endgroup\$ – dim Oct 24 '18 at 8:24
  • \$\begingroup\$ The post had been flagged, as fun as it is (and I agree) it should be left alone to avoid creating a precedent. Perhaps you could try to get it reopened \$\endgroup\$ – clabacchio Oct 24 '18 at 8:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ In 1978 Olin was the creator of the first portable computer which was named after him. Unfortunately people constantly misspelled and miss-pronounced his name. \$\endgroup\$ – Fredled Feb 13 at 1:19

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