Let's ask the waiter
In the 1970s, at a Chinese restaurant just across El Camino from the Stanford Campus.
A waiter approaches a round table seating eight or nine Silicon Valley
corporate technology employees from a company like I.B.M. or Digital Equipment.
They are chattering loudly:
What's the size of the cache on our new model ? What's the fish of the day ? Let's ask the waiter.Then the waiter answers:
The cache size on you new model is eight kilobytes, and the fish of the day is halibut Schezwan.