„I've always found that the root of a computer problem is human frailty“

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„A problem thoroughly understood is always fairly simple. Found your opinions on facts, not prejudices. We know too many things that are not true.“

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„Explanations exist; they have existed for all time; there is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.“

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