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Re: Computers and Programming

by Biker (Priest)
on Mar 21, 2002 at 10:25 UTC ( #153289=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Computers and Programming

Computers always do what you tell them to do. Which is not necessarily what you want them to do.

Everything went worng, just as foreseen.

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Re: Re: Computers and Programming
by clemburg (Curate) on Mar 21, 2002 at 10:34 UTC

    > fortune -m 'damned machine' %% (fortunes) I really hate this damned machine I wish that they would sell it. It never does quite what I want But only what I tell it.

    Christian Lemburg
    Brainbench MVP for Perl

      Heh, I wasn't aware of that. I've heard and repeated that statement for more than twenty years. I guess someone was the first to state it, but I've never heard anyone claim to be the origin of the saying.

      Not even 'fortune' has a reference to the originator?

      Everything went worng, just as foreseen.

        That quote is the source for my variation when dealing with lusers.

        Luser: This ^%$*ing computer never does what I tell it to do!

        Me: No, it does *EXACTLY* what you tell it to do. That's the problem.

        perl -l -e "eval pack('h*','072796e6470272f2c5f2c5166756279636b672');"

        Well, there was a similar poem published in "The Reader's Digest" in (if my memory serves me correctly) in 1983. It ran something like this:

        I hate this computer,
            I wish they would sell it
        It doesn't do what I want
            Only what I tell it.
        I expect fortune was updated accordingly.


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