tunnel rat posted on April 20, 2010 23:42
EXT. WIDECOUNTRY HEADQUARTERS – DAY 

               The big interview day.  Rudy parks his old pickup in the lot
               outside the twenty-story shimmering office building of the
               largest sub-prime mortgage company in the country.



               INT. WIDECOUNTRY HEADQUARTERS – LATER THAT DAY

               Rudy sits across from three stern-faced INTERVIEWERS in a
               conference room.  He's more polished in the dark suit, pastel
               shirt, and matching silk tie that Carina picked out for him.

               He remembers to smile, just like she taught him, and each
               interviewer smiles back, except for one.

                                   INTERVIEWER #1
                         What's the difference between
                         server transfer and server
                         redirect?

                                   RUDY
                         Server transfer doesn't require a
                         trip to the client, so it's twice
                         as fast.

                                   INTERVIEWER #2
                         What's the difference between view
                         state and session?

                                   RUDY
                         View state is only for the life of
                         the page, session persists in
                         between page calls.

                                   INTERVIEWER #2
                         That's all I have.  Boss?

               Belligerent MITCH DOWNS (33), WideCountry's VP of Application
               Development, pushes a note pad across to Rudy.  He speaks
               with a nasal lisp.

                                   MITCH
                         Write a function to determine if an
                         input is a prime number.

                                   RUDY
                         Sorry.  Prime what?

                                   MITCH
                         Do you know what a prime number is?

               Rudy rolls with it.

                                   RUDY
                         Yes...a natural number which has
                         two distinct natural number
                         divisors and itself.
                             (beat)
                         But what if the input is zero?

                                   MITCH
                         Write the function.  Quickly.

               Rudy works quickly and it's obvious he knows what he's doing. 
               He checks his work and politely pushes the note pad to Mitch.

                                   MITCH
                         Incorrect.  This function will
                         return false if the input is one.

                                   RUDY
                         One is not a prime number.

                                   VOICE #1
                         He's correct, Mitch.

               Mitch is faced, so he gives Rudy his best shot

                                   MITCH
                         Why is a manhole round, Rudy?

               Rudy thinks about this for a moment, then has the answer.

                                   RUDY
                         That's not fair.

                                   MITCH
                         Ha, you think life is fair?

                                   RUDY
                         Every programmer knows that's an
                         old Microsoft riddle.  The manhole
                         is round so it doesn't fall in.

               The others smile then straighten up as Mitch glares at them.

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United States Rodney
April 21. 2010 16:39
Rodney

Outstanding writing!

Hollywood awaits you my friend.


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