Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Dec 2012 10:19 UTC, submitted by anonymous
General Development "Computers are ubiquitous in modern life. They offer us portals to information and entertainment, and they handle the complex tasks needed to keep many facets of modern society running smoothly. Chances are, there is not a single person in Ars' readership whose day-to-day existence doesn't rely on computers in one manner or another. Despite this, very few people know how computers actually do the things that they do. How does one go from what is really nothing more than a collection - a very large collection, mind you - of switches to the things we see powering the modern world?"
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All you can provide is a tired trite response about 'being old men'.

It just happens that my developing years as you put it coincided with the development of computers and did require much more programming knowledge in general for the user whether we went on to become bankers, professors, or computer scientists. That is not the case today for those in their developmental years. The only ones getting or even requiring that kind of knowledge are those who now solely intend to be in the field.

I didn't miss your point.

Your point was a flawed prediction and was very much 'idealistic'. It involves ideas that just don't jive with the reality of the fields you were making the predictions about.

I stated that your prediction was wrong. I then produced arguments to back it up. Address those or bow out of the discussion.

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