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"Those who can't do, teach."

Those who can't understand that the world's a complex place, fall back on pithy yet profoundly misleading aphorisms that belittle others but ultimately reflect more about themselves than the erstwhile targets of their scorn.

Phew.

"I'm rubber and you're glue, what you say bounces off me and sticks to you."

Dueling banjo insults.

Hey, this is fun!

Anyway, as an engineer and the child of a computer science professor and a librarian, it's my duty to try to restrain those of you who just couldn't control the knee-jerk impulse to bash those ever-clueless academics. Think again. Who's more clueless? The corporate IT strategist focussed on next quarter's bottom line, or the university researcher working on technology that won't be mature for 20 years? Obviously, we're talking about vastly different value systems and thought processes.

Sure, there are some hacks and know-nothings in the universities, but there are also bright, forward-looking folks as well. Until proven otherwise, I'll assume these ACM folks are the latter. And I agree with them---computers are still too hard to use.

I am a bit miffed that they picked on the iMac, though. iMacs are so cuddly! What's not to love, except possibly a general lack of RAM out of the box? It's just another instance of the John Dvorak male-chauvanist impulse, alive and well among programmers and engineers, unfortunately.

-iJoel

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