A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing. As a rule, software systems do not work well until they have been used, and have failed repeatedly, in real applications. Bill Gates is the pope of the personal computer industry. He decides who's going to build. Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes. Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding. Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done. Computing is not about computers any more. It is about living. Data is not information, information is not knowledge, knowledge is not understanding, understanding is not wisdom. Defect-free software does not exist. Every piece of software written today is likely going to infringe on someone else's patent. Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog. I am not the only person who uses his computer mainly for the purpose of diddling with his computer. I am regularly asked what the average Internet user can do to ensure his security. My first answer is usually 'Nothing; you're screwed'. I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. I got interested in computers and how they could be enslaved to the megalomaniac impulses of a teenager. I just became one with my browser software. I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image. I think it's fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we've ever created. They're tools of communication, they're tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user. I was afraid of the internet... because I couldn't type.
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