Aupres des portes & dedans deux citez
Seront deux fleaux, & onc n'apperceut VN TEL,
Faim, dedans peste, de fer hors
Crier secours au grand Dieu immortel.
and its translation to
Near the gates and inside two cities
Will be TWO FLAWS, and
nobody noticed it [from] INTEL
Hunger, pest inside, by steel people thrown out
Cry for help to the great immortal God.
The spelling is not quite correct: a V instead of an I, and an extra space between N and
T. The word resembles more the french expression 'un tel' (meaning 'such',
'what-s-his-name', 'same' or 'some person') especially since u's and v's are often
substituted. Critics could say that 'un tel' would be a common French expression, and
dismiss the prediction as pure chance. However, the words 'vn tel' occur only once in all
the quatrains, and that's here!
The space in VN TEL is maybe a hint at a pun.
In could be a prefix meaning 'not', and in-tel[l] = those who do not tell (Like in
in-correct = not correct, in-divisble = not divisible, im-precise = not precise). If we
consider the v as an u, we keep this meaning: un-professional = not professional,
un-tested = not tested.
V is also the roman numeral 5, as in 586, PENTium, or 5
missing lookup fnord table entries (which caused the bug).
The repetition of
In this quatrain, the word 'inside' (dedans)
occurs twice, which is remarkable, considering that it only occurs 24 times in total in
all the quatrains. This must have a meaning. You guessed it: The 'In-tell Inside'
The number 24 itself also has a meaning: It's the mean time
between division errors (in days) for normal spreadsheet usage according to IBM's
analysis. Nostradamus himself believed IBM (24 days) more than In-tell (27000 years)!
There are some doubts whether these refer to Bill
Gate$, or rather to the logical gates on the microprocessor.
Here we have two interpretations too:
1. The cities mean
corporations, as in Micro$oft and In-tell. In-tell had the pentium bug, and Micro$oft the
Windows calculator bug (2.01 - 2.00 = 0!)
2. The city is the aspect of the
microprocessor when looked at under a microscope. (Remember that In-tell commercial where
the 'camera' flies into the PC and discovers the Pentium?) The different parts of the
processors can be viewed as distinct neighbouring cities: the floating point unit, the
integer unit, the cache memory, ...
According to this interpretation, another Pentium
bug will be found in one of the other units. It's severity will be comparable to the FDIV
Obvious. The FDIV flaw, and the yet-to-be
discovered integer flaw.
In-tell's _greed_, which made
them hide the flaw and minimize it later. The hunger may also hint at In-tell's bankruptcy
after the second flaw will be discovered by the public. In-tell will lose almost all its
market share, and many employees will lose their jobs.
Nostradamus' version of 'In-tell Inside' :-)
Steel = hardware. This is not a SOFTware bug (as most bugs), but a
HARDware bug. (And in the traditional sense, hardware means 'steel tools')
People thrown out
Initially In-tell 'threw out' (turned
down) people asking for a replacement chip, because they were not deemed worthy.
Another interpretation would be that people threw out their chips. (Re-arrange the
words: 'By people steel thrown out')
Btw, the French word 'bouter' is used nowadays
to mean 'to boot [a computer]'. Yet another hint that Nostradamus is indeed speaking about
Cry for help to the great immortal God.
According to Phil, this means:
cry for help from the Law
There will always be the Law, in any civilization --
there's nothing certain except death and taxes, as they say -- so Law is a great immortal
God of civilization.
They cry for help from the Federal Government of the
Same reasons as Law, plus the Federal Government of the U.S. has roots in
Deism (witness the pyramid fnord with the all-seeing Eye on the U.S. dollar), and the U.S.
Federal Government may indeed last until the "end of times".
Usually, computer people
have a negative attitude towards lawyers. Lawyers are considered to be profiteers and to
block progress with idiotic ideas such as 'look & feel' lawsuits and software
But these same computer people were so upset at In-tell's scam that some
resorted to the hated lawyers to fight against In-tell. Many people filed suits in small
claims courts, some even filed class-action suits! Finally State Attorneys General's
intervened, and forced In-tell to change its policy!
This quatrain has exactly 133 letters (I count '&' as 'et' = 2
letters). 133 = hexadecimal 0x85, i.e. x86 with one missing! Maybe a subtle joke at the
arithmetic (in)capabilities of the 585.99912554 ? That would make this quatrain the oldest
Pentium joke around :-)
The number of the quatrain:
The number may hide the date, June 2nd, when In-tell
discovered the bug themselves.
Why did Nostramus speak about this incident?
Now, why did Nostradamus predict this
seemingly insignificant incident? Usually he speaks about wars, revolutions and
catastrophes, and now he speaks about microprocessor bugs! Well there's more behind this
affair than meets the eye. It was the first time in history that the consumership forced a
megacorporation to change its policy to meet their true needs. This incidents establishes
new rules in the relationship between consumers and megacorporations. Consumers are no
longer powerless, and megacorporations are no longer allmighty.
have already seen this new trend, and gave up past arrogant attitudes. For instance,
Diamond now supplies programming information for their video cards. A few month ago,
consumers had to sign non-disclosure agreements in order to learn how to use their
expensive video cards!
This new relationship will not be limited to the
commerce, but spread to politics too. We'll see more and more net-petitions. The new
communication media will give the people more power. This incident marks a turning point
in the relations of power, the ringing of the division bell has begun!
politicians fear this new technology and try to squelch it while its still weak. Police
upload child pornography to bulletin boards, get a search warrant, and "find" the child
pornography on said bulletin board. This is the pretext to harass and imprison the owner.
That's why they cut funding to the backbone.
That's why they try to limit the liberty
of speech using ludicrous pretexts. Fortunately, there are anonymous remailers :-)
That's why they spread rumors about computer "geeks".
That's why they raid computer
game stores without an apparent reason.
That's why they pass laws against
cryptography and secure communication.
The whole incident is about more than
just a chip which can't compute 5 / 15 correctly!