Written by Gail Farrelly

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Monday, 17 January 2011

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"It's elementary, my dear Watson."

Sherlock Holmes is trying to calm Dr. Watson down. No luck.

As the IBM computer Watson (the company says it's named for IBM founder Thomas J. Watson) gets a lot of attention in the news for appearing as a contestant on the TV show Jeopardy, Dr. Watson seethes. "I had the name first," he claims, "and I'm furious that the little twerp has now grabbed it for himself. Good grief, he isn't even a person, for Pete's sake."

Discussing his outrage with friends in London, Dr. Watson has suggested that the computer could be called something like Trump, Moses, Caesar, Ozzy, Churchill, Washington, Prince Charles, Sting -- even Sherlock. "Why, oh why, did he have to choose MY name to steal?" the good doctor asks.

Watson continued his rant: "It's a crime, that's what it is. And we all know who the perp is. I hope that Holmes will put him in his place."

But Sherlock Holmes is not sympathetic to his partner in crime, telling him, "Chill out. What the computer did is annoying, but not criminal. It's elementary, my dear Watson."

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