No. 118 (essentialsaltes) wrote,
No. 118

Communicating with the non-computer literate

It's been difficult, even from the beginning. Here's a piquant phrase from Babbage, as quoted by the Improbable Research blog:

On two occasions I have been asked,—”Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?” … I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.

To all my friends who are difference engineers, I endorse the propagation and use of this remark in similar circumstances.
Tags: funny, internet

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