The idea that an arbitrary naive human should be able to properly use a given tool without training or understanding is even more wrong for computing than it is for other tools (eg automobiles, airplanes, guns or power saws).
-Found in a .sig
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Russ Alberry has written an excellent statement on the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and on freedom of information on the net, titled Defiantly Free. While not quite current, it sums up the feeling of much of the Net back in 1996. Another interesting (if somewhat pompous) text is John Perry Barlow's Cyberspace Independence Declaration.
"If Windows-95 is the answer, how bloody stupid was the question?"
"Windows-95 is not the answer, it is the question. The answer is NO!"