On Sat, September 17, 2005 4:15 pm, Randy Kramer said:
> On Saturday 17 September 2005 05:51 am, Robert Klemme wrote:
>> First of all it's five philosophers (i.e. as far as I remeber it's
>> important that the number of resource aquisitors is odd).
[snip]
> Just replying for "fun", iirc, when I went to school it didn't make any
> difference whether the number was odd or even--there was one fork for each
> philosopher but he could only eat if he had two forks.  (Sounds odd, now.)

When I first learned of the Dining Philosophers, they used chopsticks so
it made sense that they would need two in order to eat.

-- 
Jason Voegele
"There is an essential core at the center of each man and woman that
remains unaltered no matter how life's externals may be transformed
or recombined. But it's smaller than we think."
    -- Gene Wolfe, The Book of the Long Sun