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Computers quotes
Computers
Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equpped with 18,000 vaccuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vaccuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1 1 2 tons.

- Popular Mechanics
The word user is the word used by the computer professional when they mean idiot.

- Barry, Dave
If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside.

- Robert X. Cringely
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.

- Pablo Picasso
A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history -- with the possible exceptions of hand guns and tequila.

- Ratliffe, Mitch
Unlike human beings, computers possess the truly profound stupidity of the inanimate.

- Bruce Sterling
Computer science only indicates the retrospective omnipotence of our technologies. In other words, an infinite capacity to process data (but only data -- i.e. the already given) and in no sense a new vision. With that science, we are entering an era of exhaustivity, which is also an era of exhaustion.

- Baudrillard, Jean
And, of course, you have the commercials where savvy businesspeople Get Ahead by using their MacIntosh computers to create the ultimate American business product: a really sharp-looking report.

- Dave Barry
We are now in the third stage of the industrial revolution. The first involved machines which extended human muscle; the second used machines to extend the human nervous system (radio, television, telephones); the third is now utilizing machines which extend the human mind-computers. About half of all service workers (43 percent of the labor force by 2000) will be involved in collecting, analyzing, synthesizing, structuring, storing, or retrieving information... By 1995, 80 percent of all management will be knowledge workers.

- Davies, Owen
Electronic aids, particularly domestic computers, will help the inner migration, the opting out of reality. Reality is no longer going to be the stuff out there, but the stuff inside your head. It's going to be commercial and nasty at the same time.

- Ballard, J. G.
The trouble with computers, of course, is that they're very sophisticated idiots.

- Doctor Who
There will still be things that machines cannot do. They will not produce great art or great literature or great philosophy; they will not be able to discover the secret springs of happiness in the human heart; they will know nothing of love and friendship.

- Russell, Bertrand
To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.

- Farmers'Almanac
The computing field is always in need of new cliches.

- Alan Perlis
Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.

- Kennedy, John F.
Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining.

- Jeff Raskin
I really don't care that I don't have what's current because whatever is at the moment, it will be infinitely better in a few months and even better months later.

- Fink, William
Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.

- James Magary
Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.

- E. W. Dijkstra
A distributed system is one in which the failure of a computer you didn't even know existed can render your own computer unusable.

- Lamport, Leslie



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