„Controlling complexity is the essence of computer programming.“

—  Brian Kernighan, Software Tools (1976), p. 319 (with P. J. Plauger).
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„Should the computer program the kid or should the kid program the computer?“

—  Seymour Papert MIT mathematician, computer scientist, and educator 1928 - 2016
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„If the users don't control the program, the program controls the users. With proprietary software, there is always some entity, the "owner" of the program, that controls the program—and through it, exercises power over its users. A nonfree program is a yoke, an instrument of unjust power.“

—  Richard Stallman American software freedom activist, short story writer and computer programmer, founder of the GNU project 1953
Free Software Is Even More Important Now (September 2013) https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-software-even-more-important.html

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„If India is computer, Congress is its default program.“

—  Rahul Gandhi Indian politician 1970
If India is computer, Cong is its default program: Rahul Gandhi, Times of India, Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/If-India-is-computer-Cong-is-its-default-program-Rahul-Gandhi/articleshow/21991966.cms?intenttarget=no

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„What we wanted to preserve was not just a good environment in which to do programming, but a system around which fellowship could form. We knew from experience that the essence of communal computing, as supplied by remote-access, time-shared machines, is not just to type programs into a terminal instead of a keypunch, but to encourage close communication.“

—  Dennis M. Ritchie American computer scientist 1941 - 2011
In a 1980 lecture "The Evolution of the UNIX Time-sharing System", as quoted in Christopher Negus, Linux Bible 2010 Edition http://books.google.com/books?id=W5vItTVMLaYC&pg=PT650 (2010), <!-- also quoted without citation in Robert Slater, Portraits in Silicon (1989), ch. 25, p. 276 -->

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„The details of such disarmament programs are manifestly critical and complex.“

—  Dwight D. Eisenhower American general and politician, 34th president of the United States (in office from 1953 to 1961) 1890 - 1969
Context: The details of such disarmament programs are manifestly critical and complex. Neither the United States nor any other nation can properly claim to possess a perfect, immutable formula. But the formula matters less than the faith -- the good faith without which no formula can work justly and effectively. The fruit of success in all these tasks would present the world with the greatest task, and the greatest opportunity, of all. It is this: the dedication of the energies, the resources, and the imaginations of all peaceful nations to a new kind of war. This would be a declared total war, not upon any human enemy but upon the brute forces of poverty and need. The peace we seek, founded upon decent trust and cooperative effort among nations, can be fortified, not by weapons of war but by wheat and by cotton, by milk and by wool, by meat and timber and rice. These are words that translate into every language on earth. These are the needs that challenge this world in arms.

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„A Computer is a state machine. Threads are for people who can't program state machines.“

—  Alan Cox British computer programmer 1968
Re: Alan Cox quote? (was: Re: accounting for threads) http://www.uwsg.indiana.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/0106.2/0405.html.

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„Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.“

—  Isaac Asimov American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, known for his works of science fiction and popula... 1920 - 1992

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„Giving it away helps defuse complex intellectual property issues of ownership and control that can distract the universities from their missions to disseminate knowledge." - commmenting on MIT's Open Courseware program“

—  Hal Abelson computer scientist 1947
Source: MIT's maverick view of intellectual property worth considering http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA18.01C.hendricks0318.768fcaac.html

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„When we had no computers, we had no programming problem either. When we had a few computers, we had a mild programming problem. Confronted with machines a million times as powerful, we are faced with a gigantic programming problem.“

—  Edsger W. Dijkstra Dutch computer scientist 1930 - 2002
Dijkstra (1986) Visuals for BP's Venture Research Conference http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/EWD/transcriptions/EWD09xx/EWD963.html (EWD 963).

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