On Saturday 15 April 2006 15:21, Timothy Murphy wrote:
> When I was young(er), computer scientists used to earn drinking money
> mending computers for those with more money and less sense.
>> Has this tradition died out completely?
> I've been looking for someone to sort out the tiny internal problems
> on my two dead Sony Picturebooks,
> and none of the students I have asked seemed able to help.
>> I can't make out if they have too much money,
> or not enough knowledge.
> Don't students learn how to solder, and use a voltmeter,
> and things like that any more?
Built in obsolescence, I imagine, would make any "modern" laptop impossible to
repair with a soldering iron. And should they hurt themselves in the process
of trying, they would probably sue you.
>> What exactly do they learn?
Beats me. I studied physics, and to the physicists I studied with and was
taught by, "computer scientist" was a synonym for "lazy idiot". Only
something you figured out with a pencil, a piece of paper and several years
of calculations was worth calling science.
>> And they don't look like computer people any more.
> I mean, they look quite normal.
Show me someone "normal" and I'll show you a freak.
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