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Are computers male or female
As you are aware, ships have long been characterized as being female
(i.e. "Steady as she goes" or "She's listing to starboard").
Recently, a group of computer scientists (all male) announced that
computers should also be referred to as being female. Their reasons for
drawing this conclusion are as follows:
1. No one but their Creator understands their internal logic.
2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is
incomprehensible to everyone else.
3. The message "Bad command or file name" is about as informative as
"if you don't know why I'm mad at you, then I'm certainly not going to
4. Even your smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for later
5. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending
half your paycheck for accessories for it.
However, another group of computer scientists (all female) think that
computers should be referred to as if they were male. Their reasoning
is as follows:
1. They have a lot of data, but are still clueless.
2. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they
ARE the problem.
3. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a
little longer, you could have obtained a better model.
4. In order to get their attention, you have to turn them on.
5. Big power surges knock them out for the rest of the night.