[TriLUG] apologies to bill gates :-)
mfowle at adeliesystems.com
Wed Mar 28 10:49:58 EDT 2007
What? My computer really have a personality and doesn't speak to me?
Oh the Humanity! I know my computer cares -
On 3/28/07, Michael Rothwell <michael at rothwell.us> wrote:
> On Mar 28, 2007, at 9:41 AM, Roberto J. Dohnert wrote:
> > I think its the other way around. Computers dont care which OS you
> > have
> > on them. Only humans who think software is the second coming think
> > computers care what OS they have.
> Ah, anthropomorphism. Computers don't care what OS they run, any more
> than my trunk cares what gas I put into it or a match cares that it's
> been struck. However, the human operator usually does care! People
> treat anything with sufficiently complex behavior -- like a computer
> -- as though it has a personality. There's even some psychological
> benefits from doing this; humans evolved without complicated
> machinery, but with other people and animals -- which all have
> "personalities". We're hardwired to conceptualize things that way.
> I have my favored "computer personalities", and I'm sure the rest of
> you do, too.
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