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Quotes About Computers

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Apple Inc.
“Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
Apple Inc.

Veronica Roth
“Two things you should know about me; The first is that I am deeply suspicious of people in general. It is my nature to expect the worst of them. And the second is that I am unexpectedly good with computers.”
Veronica Roth, Divergent

Ray Bradbury
“I still love books. Nothing a computer can do can compare to a book. You can't really put a book on the Internet. Three companies have offered to put books by me on the Net, and I said, 'If you can make something that has a nice jacket, nice paper with that nice smell, then we'll talk.' All the computer can give you is a manuscript. People don't want to read manuscripts. They want to read books. Books smell good. They look good. You can press it to your bosom. You can carry it in your pocket.”
Ray Bradbury

Stephen Hawking
“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.”
Stephen Hawking

Agatha Christie
“I know there's a proverb which that says 'To err is human,' but a human error is nothing to what a computer can do if it tries.”
Agatha Christie, Hallowe'en Party

Patricia Briggs
“Any idiot can put up a website.”
Patricia Briggs, Blood Bound

Joseph Campbell
“Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.”
Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

Roger Ebert
“Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly. ”
Roger Ebert

E.A. Bucchianeri
“No one messes around with a nerd’s computer and escapes unscathed.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

Richard P. Feynman
“Well, Mr. Frankel, who started this program, began to suffer from the computer disease that anybody who works with computers now knows about. It's a very serious disease and it interferes completely with the work. The trouble with computers is you *play* with them. They are so wonderful. You have these switches - if it's an even number you do this, if it's an odd number you do that - and pretty soon you can do more and more elaborate things if you are clever enough, on one machine.

After a while the whole system broke down. Frankel wasn't paying any attention; he wasn't supervising anybody. The system was going very, very slowly - while he was sitting in a room figuring out how to make one tabulator automatically print arc-tangent X, and then it would start and it would print columns and then bitsi, bitsi, bitsi, and calculate the arc-tangent automatically by integrating as it went along and make a whole table in one operation.

Absolutely useless. We *had* tables of arc-tangents. But if you've ever worked with computers, you understand the disease - the *delight* in being able to see how much you can do. But he got the disease for the first time, the poor fellow who invented the thing.”
Richard P. Feynman, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character

Robert A. Heinlein
“Don't explain computers to laymen. Simpler to explain sex to a virgin.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

Ian Stewart
“There are 10 kinds of people in the world: those who understand binary numerals, and those who don't.”
Ian Stewart, Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities

Mitch Ratcliffe
“A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention with the possible exceptions of handguns and Tequila.”
Mitch Ratcliffe

Charles Stross
“Idiots emit bogons, causing machinery to malfunction in their presence. System administrators absorb bogons, letting machinery work again.”
Charles Stross, The Atrocity Archives

Scott Douglas
“I am convinced that grandkids are inherently evil people who tell their grandparents to "just go to the library and open up an e-mail account - it's free and so simple.”
Scott Douglas, Quiet, Please: Dispatches From A Public Librarian

Douglas Rushkoff
“Computers don't kill books; people do.”
Douglas Rushkoff

Larry Niven
“That's the thing about people who think they hate computers. What they really hate is lousy programmers.”
Larry Niven

“Man is a slow, sloppy, and brilliant thinker; computers are fast, accurate, and stupid.”
John Pfeiffer

Douglas Adams
“I really didn't foresee the Internet. But then, neither did the computer industry. Not that that tells us very much of course--the computer industry didn't even foresee that the century was going to end.”
Douglas Adams

Dave Barry
“I am not the only person who uses his computer mainly for the purpose of diddling with his computer.”
Dave Barry

Steve Wozniak
“Our first computers were born not out of greed or ego, but in the revolutionary spirit of helping common people rise above the most powerful institutions.”
Steve Wozniak

Earl Warren
“The fantastic advances in the field of electronic communication constitute a greater danger to the privacy of the individual.”
Earl Warren

“Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”
Frederick P. Brooks Jr.

Wernher von Braun
“The best computer is a man, and it’s the only one that can be mass-produced by unskilled labor.”
Wernher von Braun

Jaron Lanier
“Emphasizing the crowd means de-emphasizing individual humans in the design of society, and when you ask people not to be people, they revert to bad, mob-like behaviors.”
Jaron Lanier, You Are Not a Gadget

Jaron Lanier
“The intentions of the cybernetic totalist tribe are good. They are simply following a path that was blazed in earlier times by well-meaning Freudians and Marxists - and I don't mean that in a pejorative way. I'm thinking of the earliest incarnations of Marxism, for instance, before
Stalinism and Maoism killed millions.

Movements associated with Freud and Marx both claimed foundations in rationality and the scientific understanding of the world. Both perceived themselves to be at war with the weird, manipulative fantasies of religions. And yet both invented their own fantasies that were just as weird.

The same thing is happening again. A self-proclaimed materialist movement that attempts to base itself on science starts to look like a religion rather quickly. It soon presents its own eschatology and its own revelations about what is really going on - portentous events that no one but the initiated can appreciate. The Singularity and the noosphere, the idea that a collective consciousness emerges from all the users on the web, echo Marxist social determinism and Freud's calculus of perversions. We rush ahead of skeptical, scientific inquiry at our peril, just like the Marxists and Freudians.”
Jaron Lanier, You Are Not a Gadget

“Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes”
Edsger W. Dijkstra

Michelle Gagnon
“For most people, home we represented by four walls and a roof. Not for Noa. She preferred a motherboard to a mother, a keyboard to house keys. Nothing was more comforting than the hum of a spinning hard drive.”
Michelle Gagnon, Don't Turn Around

“If the automobile had followed the same development 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 Cringely

Pablo Picasso
“Οι υπολογιστές είναι άχρηστοι, μόνο απαντήσεις μπορούν να δώσουν.”
Pablo Picasso

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