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lethal tupperwa
02-12-2003, 07:43
I pass this along with reservations. After spending a number of years
associated with computers I came to the conclusion that a "computer" is NEXT
TO the DUMBEST THING IN THE WORLD. A computer has no mind of it's own.
SOMEONE has to tell it EVERYTHING to do. I repeat "A COMPUTER IS NEXT TO -
THE DUMBEST THING IN THE WORLD!" Take an "out of body" trek and look upon
the scene wherein YOU are sitting next to your computer. I repeat "A
COMPUTER IS NEXT TO - THE DUMBEST THING IN THE WORLD!" Expand this scene to
include EVERY COMPUTER IN USE IN THE WORLD.
The phrase below Garbage in...... garbage out....... explains a great deal
more than is apparent. A computer can process ONLY what is put into it and
can process THAT only as well as the programmer has informed it to do. The
term "A COMPUTER IS NEXT TO - THE DUMBEST THING IN THE WORLD!" again comes
into view. A computer must be "INSTRUCTED" to do EVERY SINGLE THING it does.
That is the ONLY THING a computer can do. True it can do what it is told
much faster than any human can do it but still, it is doing ONLY WHAT it is
told to do. It can add, subtract, multiply and divide many times faster
than it takes to write these phrases down.
Each time it is required to add, subtract, multiply or divide, it MUST BE
INSTRUCTED to do so. It can - - if instructed to do so - - check the
operations to determine if there was a possibility - - due to a circuit
malfunction - - an error incurred during that add, subtract, multiply or
divide. Often it can make a correction EVEN IF A CIRCUIT ERROR DID OCCUR,
but it must be told to do so.
With that in mind, I reluctantly forward that which I received concerning
"COMPUTER ERROR" and let you determine wherein the fault lies.

Subject: To Err Is Human, But....

Garbage in...... garbage out.......

TO ERR IS HUMAN, BUT...(COMPUTER ERROR)
Sometimes all you can do is laugh.

I a man living in Newton, Massachusetts received a bill on his as yet unused
credit card stating that he owed $0.00. He threw it away. In April he
received another and tossed that one, too. The following month the credit
card company sent him a nasty note stating they were going to cancel his
card if he didn't send them $0.00.

In retrospect, he probably should have let them do that. Instead he called
the company and was informed that (are you ready for this?) the problem was
the result of a computer error. They told him they'd take care of it.

The following month he reasoned that, if other charges appeared on the card,
then it would put an end to his ridiculous predicament. Besides, they
assured him the problem would