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Re^2: Perl and Linguistics

by swampyankee (Parson)
on Jul 04, 2008 at 17:52 UTC ( #695609=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

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That in turn perpetuates thinking about people as a resource to be exploited, and generates inaccurate analogies such as your memory being "like a harddisk".

That's hardly a new concept. After all, slavery predates computing machines by a few millenia.

It makes little sense to me, even less than the concept of programming language. It's not a language, folks. It's a notation.
It's useful to think of programming or computer languages as languages, not notations, and it's probably especially useful to people who design them. Not doing so leads to APL.

A computer is not a living being. It has no consciousness, you cannot talk with it…

Of course I can; with the correct software and hardware it will even understand what I'm saying. I don't expect an intelligent dialogue, but I don't necessarily expect a response (or at least a rational response) when I talk with a person, either.

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