[MOL] COMPUTER GENDER [03460] Medicine On Line


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[MOL] COMPUTER GENDER



COMPUTER GENDER


A pastor of a church had previously been a sailor. He was
very aware that ships are addresses as "she" and "her". He
often wondered what gender computers should be addressed. To
answer that question, he set up two group of computer
experts.
 
The first group was composed of women, and the second of
men. Each group was asked to recommend whether computer
should be referred to in the feminine gender, or the
masculine gender. They were asked to give 4 reasons for
their recommendations.

The group of women reported that computers should be
referred to in the masculine gender because: 

1. In order to get their attention you have to turn them on. 
2. They have a lot of data, but are still clueless. 
3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the
   time they are the problem. 
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had
   waited a little longer you could have had a better model.


The men, on the other hand, concluded that computers should
be referred to in the feminine gender because: 

1. No one but the Creator understands their internal logic. 
2. The native language they use to communicate with other
   computers is incomprehensible to everyone else. 
3. Even your smallest mistakes are stored in long-term
   memory for later retrieval. 
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find
   yourself spending half of your paycheck on accessories 
   for it.
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