„It is time to unmask the computing community as a Secret Society for the Creation and Preservation of Artificial Complexity.“

—  Edsger Dijkstra, Dijkstra (1996) "The next fifty years" https://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/EWD/transcriptions/EWD12xx/EWD1243a.html (EWD 1243a).
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