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#1631ASHes to ASHes, DOS to DOS.
#1632Ask not for whom the  tolls.
#1633Assembly language experience is [important] for the maturity
and understanding of how computers work that it provides.
-- D. Gries
#1634Asynchronous inputs are at the root of our race problems.
-- D. Winker and F. Prosser
#1635At about 2500 A.D., humankind discovers a computer problem that *must* be
solved. The only difficulty is that the problem is NP complete and will
take thousands of years even with the latest optical biologic technology
available. The best computer scientists sit down to think up some solution.
In great dismay, one of the C.S. people tells her husband about it. There
is only one solution, he says. Remember physics 103, Modern Physics, general
relativity and all. She replies, "What does that have to do with solving
a computer problem?"
"Remember the twin paradox?"
After a few minutes, she says, "I could put the computer on a very
fast machine and the computer would have just a few minutes to calculate but
that is the exact opposite of what we want... Of course! Leave the
computer here, and accelerate the earth!"
The problem was so important that they did exactly that. When
the earth came back, they were presented with the answer:

IEH032 Error in JOB Control Card.
#1636At first sight, the idea of any rules or principles being superimposed on
the creative mind seems more likely to hinder than to help, but this is
quite untrue in practice. Disciplined thinking focuses inspiration rather
than blinkers it.
-- G.L. Glegg, "The Design of Design"
#1637At Group L, Stoffel oversees six first-rate programmers, a managerial
challenge roughly comparable to herding cats.
-- The Washington Post Magazine, 9 June, 1985
#1638At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find
at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.
#1639Avoid strange women and temporary variables.
#1640Basic is a high level languish. APL is a high level anguish.
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