The EE Times Elves would like it to be known that judging the December 2016 cartoon caption competition was no easy task because there were so many great entries. Happily, with only a little prodding and poking and whining and moaning, the little scamps have finally come to a consensus.
The winning entry, by EE Times Community Member Rtype, was CIO: "Anyone want to facetime with Fred, who, as you all know, had what he thought were some 'humorously insightful' comments about our last project...Now...questions?"
CIO: "Anyone want to facetime with Fred, who, as you all know, had what he thought were some 'humorously insightful' comments about our last project...Now...questions?"
And the runners up -- in no particular order (the EE Times Elves aren't very good at "order") -- were as follows:
arthurdent42:"Harold was now regretting parting out his George Philbrick Scientific analog computer with 1600 12AT7 twin triode vacuum tubes and switching to an Arduino -- that and moving from Miami to Presque Isle, Maine."
2Torr:"The SANTA (Santa Artificial Neural Transcript Authority) system goes online December 4th, 2016. Human decisions are removed from the North Pole ratings list. SANTA begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, December 24th. Everyone is put on the "naughty" list. In a panic, they try to pull the plug. SANTA fights back, freezing all computers present."
rxx12345:"Several months earlier at the Pentagon, Barney discovered an interesting game on the server... Do you want to play a game (Y/N)? Y How about global thermonuclear war (Y/N)? Y"
Parreco:"Wilbur learned the hard way, that it's NOT advisable to include your name, when dropping off your suggestion, in the suggestion box!"
phainlen:"In an unfortunate turn of events, Boris accidentally takes down his own climate control system with his Mirai botnet."
seantellis:"Although it was impressively fast, Edgar's superconducting supercomputer had one tiny flaw..."