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The thread title is the title of an undeservedly unknown story
by Gordon R. Dickson. For those who are too busy to hit the link and read the story, I say stop being pathetic and do so. It takes literally five minutes and is well worth your time.
Remember what we were promised? Computers would make work easier, error free and productivity would skyrocket. Of course, no one predicted LOLcats and youtube siphoning off our attention, but no futurist is perfect. If they were, they'd have all the monies.
So, this morning, two separate stories come out about computer glitches. Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is blaming a computer glitch for locking customers out of their own accounts
for hours. Npower, the second largest utility company in the UK, has trotted out the same excuse for billing errors to customers
. And of course, the ongoing fiasco with Obamacare is down to computer problems, not poor design and ever poorer legislation.
You can not argue with a computer. You can't plead with it, appeal to its humanity, present any extenuating circumstances, and they are never, ever, wrong. The best you can do on a personal level is walk into a store to buy a new one, the shattered remnants of your last monitor gripping your wrist.
So far, so Luddite. It's just some old dude that doesn't get computers, right?
Damned right I am Luddite. Worked with the damned things for long enough and been on the internet pretty much since it was invented as a commercial entity. 20 years, 30 computers, each more complex and fault prone than the generation before. The small thing in your pocket right now has more processing power than NASA had to put a man on the moon. Is it a bad thing? In and of itself, no. It's a tool and nothing more.
It is a tool. Not some magical oracle. Yet they are treated so, constantly.