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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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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TM99 Member since:

You are attempting to mix economic arguments with political idealism, education reform, and predictions about events 50 years into the future concerning programming.

You want to predict the future? Look at the past in that particular field or arena and conservatively estimate probabilities no more than five years out.

Otherwise you are just in a fucking fantasy world.

Obviously you were not trained well in critical thinking or in argumentation as you have not addressed any of the replies that address various flaws in your ideas, your logic, or your arguments.

I did address your points so this discussion with you is at a close. Enjoy your day.

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