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Journal of No. 118

May 5th, 2010

Communicating with the non-computer literate @ 06:47 am

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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.
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Date:May 5th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)

Improb Research keeps giving

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Date:May 5th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, I doubt that any of the people who ask me that question would appreciate a quotation from Charles Babbage.
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Date:May 5th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
That actually made me snort out loud. :-)

Journal of No. 118