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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"I think the point is being missed: whether it's a good a idea or not, it's probably going to happen.

Your idealism just doesn't match with the reality of the last 40 years of computing.

I posit my opening line, and your opening means you've completely missed the point, as my opening line continues to predict.

"IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN", is not idealism. At best, it's a prediction, one way or another. A prediction is not an ideal.

We can all be old men decrying the falling standards and how the past was better and everything is worse. Strange how the best times coincides with our developmental years or a short time after and everything since is the work of the devil...

"Our earth is degenerate in these latter days. There are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end. Bribery and corruption are common."

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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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kwan_e Member since:

I then produced arguments to back it up. Address those or bow out of the discussion.

No you didn't. You said exactly what other commenters have already said, which I have already addressed, which continued to be ignored.

You have made the exact same flawed point that another commenter already has over and over again. Don't be so up yourself to think you had an original point that I didn't already address.

Address my points or piss off.

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