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A computer does not substitute for judgment any more than a pencil substitutes for literacy. But writing without a pencil is no particular advantage.
- Robert McNamara
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Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.
- Laws of Computer Programming, X
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All sorts of computer errors are now turning up. You'd be surprised to know the number of doctors who claim they are treating pregnant men.
- Isaac Asimov
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Any given program costs more and takes longer.
- Laws of Computer Programming, II
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Any given program, when running, is obsolete.
- Laws of Computer Programming, I
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Any non-trivial program contains at least one bug.
- Laws of Computer Programming, VIII
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Any program will expand to fill available memory.
- Laws of Computer Programming, V
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Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch.
- Tim Berners-Lee
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As long as they are going to steal it [software], we want them to steal ours. They'll get sort of addicted, and then we'll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade. - Speaking of Chinese computer users
- Bill Gates
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Computer dating is fine, if you're a computer.
- Rita Mae Brown
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Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.
- Joseph Campbell
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Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding.
- Louis Gerstner
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Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
- Pablo Picasso
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Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done.
- Andy Rooney
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Computing is not about computers any more. It is about living.
- Nicholas Negroponte
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Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.
- Doug Larson
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I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.
- Isaac Asimov
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I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.
- Thomas J. Watson
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If a computer cable has one end, then it has another.
- Lyall's Conjecture
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If a program is useful, it will have to be changed.
- Laws of Computer Programming, III
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If a program is useless, it will have to be documented.
- Laws of Computer Programming, IV
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If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization.
- Weinberg's Second Law
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If something's expensive to develop, and somebody's not going to get paid, it won't get developed. So you decide: Do you want software to be written, or not?
- Bill Gates
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If you don't know how to do something, you don't know how to do it with a computer.
- Anonymous
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In comparison with the industrial age, the information era is at the steam engine stage. By the time information systems reach jet-plane status, we will focus on utility over fads, triple our productivity, use our computers as naturally and easily as we now use our cars...
- Michael L. Dertouzos
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Like almost everyone who uses e-mail, I receive a ton of spam every day. Much of it offers to help me get out of debt or get rich quick. It would be funny if it weren't so irritating.
- Bill Gates
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Microsoft has had clear competitors in the past. Itís a good thing we have museums to document that
- Bill Gates
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Never trust a computer you can't throw out a window.
- Steve Wozniak
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No computer has ever been designed that is ever aware of what it's doing; but most of the time, we aren't either.
- Marvin Minsky
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Not even computers will replace committees, because committees buy computers.
- Edward Shepherd Mead
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Program complexity grows until it exceeds the capabilities of the programmer who must maintain it.
- Laws of Computer Programming, VII
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Reading computer manuals without the hardware is as frustrating as reading sex manuals without the software. -- (Clarke's 69th Law, The Odyssey File, 1984)
- Arthur C. Clarke
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Thank you for your e-mail. This Internet of yours is a wonderful invention. -- (email to Al Gore, mocking his famous Internet invention claim, quoted in Newsweek, Mar 2000)
- George W. Bush
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That's what's cool about working with computers. They don't argue, they remember everything and they don't drink all your beer.
- Paul Leary
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The best way to prepare [to be a programmer] is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. In my case, I went to the garbage cans at the Computer Science Center and fished out listings of their operating system.
- Bill Gates
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The computer is a moron.
- Peter Drucker
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The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.
- Sydney Harris
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The value of a program is proportional to the weight of its output.
- Laws of Computer Programming, VI
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There are no significant bugs in our released software that any significant number of users want fixed.
- Bill Gates
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There's always one more bug.
- Lubarsky's Law of Cybernetic Entomology
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There's nobody getting rich [by] writing software.
- Bill Gates
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They have computers, and they may have other weapons of mass destruction.
- Janet Reno
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They've finally come up with the perfect office computer. If it makes a mistake, it blames another computer.
- Milton Berle
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Think? Why think! We have computers to do that for us.
- Jean Rostand
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To err is human - and to blame it on a computer is even more so.
- Robert Orben
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To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.
- Paul Ehrlich
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To me, there is something superbly symbolic in the fact that an astronaut, sent up as assistant to a series of computers, found that he worked more accurately and more intelligently than they. Inside the capsule, man is still in charge.
- Adlai Stevenson
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Treat your password like your toothbrush. Don't let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months.
- Clifford Stoll
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Undetectable errors are infinite in variety, in contrast to detectable errors, which by definition are limited.
- Laws of Computer Programming, IX
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What do we want our kids to do? Sweep up around Japanese computers?
- Walter F. Mondale
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Who is General Failure, and why is he reading my hard disk?
- Steven Wright
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Why shouldn't a PC work like a refrigerator or a toaster?
- Walter Mossberg
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