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Subject: Re: UKNM: The fundamental issue: who is the *real* "Top of the
From: Tim Hayward
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 1998 17:37:48 +0100

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Well Mat, You've got one of the nicest little bots that I've ever seen

Mat Morrison wrote:
> Jo Guest has won the Star readers' "rear of the year" competition.
> MegaStar is running a similar poll online, entitled "top of the bots"
> (http://www.megastar.co.uk/megastar-cgi/vote/vote_botty.pl)
> If only they knew how right they were...
> In a fit of unusual chivalry, an account director at a well-known
> interactive agency took pity on the daughter-in-law elect, Emma Noble (who
> was falling behind in the polls, err... coming bottom). He decided to
> support the Noble cause.
> A quick phone call to one of the more technically minded members of this
> list seemed to provide the solution, a neat little piece of code which voted
> mindlessly for Ms. Noble about five times every second.
> To the account director's joy, Ms. Noble began to creep up the charts.
> Quarter of an hour later, however, he was surprised to notice that Ms. Guest
> had more than doubled her votes.
> A quick flurry of calls later, and the issue became clear. Someone else had
> built a better bot, running off a Unix box somewhere.
> Internet diva Jo Guest is now well ahead of Ms Noble, and is set to become
> bottom of her class.
> But the question remains. Who was the *real* top of the bots? Can anyone
> shed any light on this?

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Tim Hayward
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