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No more Knuth checks

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Have you seen the news? Knuth has announced that he will no longer be writing personal cheques, for security reasons. As an alternative, he suggests

Instead of writing personal checks, I’ll write personal certificates of deposit to each awardee’s account at the Bank of San Serriffe, which is an offshore institution that has branches in Blefuscu and Elbonia on the planet Pincus.

As most Knuth cheques are never cashed anyway (they “have apparently been cached”), this is perfectly as good and perfunctory as the old system, with the additional advantage that there is now a Hall of Fame :-)

Although it is brownie points that are being awarded now (“kudos, not escudos”), he also offers to find a way to send actual money to anyone who wants it :P

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Written by S

Thu, 2008-10-30 at 05:03:37 +05:30

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  1. Interesting how you use “check” in the title and “cheque” in the post.

    P

    Thu, 2008-10-30 at 10:51:45 +05:30

  2. The title is somewhat like a quotation; the post is my own language :-)
    Oh well, in this case the post is mostly quotation too, but still…
    [Before this post, there was only one Google result for "Knuth cheques" :)]

    Shreevatsa

    Thu, 2008-10-30 at 12:24:51 +05:30

  3. Just a passing remark that off-late I have been observing that many people I know who had no professional contacts with computer science have also been getting interested in Donald Knuth.

    Anyway Knuth’s cheques are in a way a method to commmunicate to people that there are other things to live for in life than just marks and grades in life.

    But ofcourse it is debatable as to whether it is a very professionally efficient way to live…

    Anirbit

    Sun, 2008-11-02 at 20:16:55 +05:30

  4. Of course seeing one’s name written on that hall of fame page does seem to be a greater reward than getting that cheque..

    Anirbit

    Sun, 2008-11-02 at 20:21:49 +05:30


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