Computing Cracker Mottos

christmas-cracker-PIXABAY576254Here are some quotes from Computer Scientists, or about Computing, to go in Computing Crackers:

“A ship in port is safe, but this is not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things” — Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, early programmer inventor of the compiler

“Computing’s too important to be left to men” — Karen Sparck Jones, inventor of key algorithm behind web search

“[Computers might one day] compose elaborate and scientific pieces of music of any degree of complexity or extent” — Ada Lovelace, “the first programmer” quoted in 1842

“I think there’s a world market for about 5 computers.”
—  Thomas J. Watson, IBM, 1948

“It’s ridiculous to live 100 years and only be able to remember 30 million bytes.  You know, less than a compact disc.  The human condition is really becoming more obsolete every minute.” — Marvin Minsky (AI researcher)

“Programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute.” — Abelson and Sussman

“If you think your users are idiots, only idiots will use it.” — Linus Torvalds, 

“Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.”
— Edsger W. Dijkstra, inventor of many algorithms, advocate of formal verification and much more

“On two occasions I have been asked, ‘If you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?’  I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.” — Charles Babbage, inventor of Victorian Computers

“I think computer viruses should count as life.  I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive.  We’ve created life in our own image.” — Stephen Hawking, Physicist

“It’s OK to figure out murder mysteries, but you shouldn’t need to figure out code.  You should be able to read it.” — Steve McConnell, Software Engineer

“In the future, computers may weigh no more than 1.5 tonnes.” — Popular mechanics, 1949

“That’s the thing about people who think they hate computers.  What they really hate is lousy programmers.” —  Larry Niven

“We crave for new sensations but soon become indifferent to them. Wonders of yesterday are today common occurrences.” —  Nikola Tesla, inventor of AC electricity supply