Why the name Terra?
Terra = The Earth
Quote from Douglas Adams' "
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
I speak of none other than the computer that is to come after me,
" intoned Deep Thought, his voice regaining its
accustomed declamatory tones.
A computer whose merest operational parameters I am not worthy to calculate - and yet I will design
it for you. A
computer which can calculate the Question to the Ultimate Answer, a computer of such infinite and subtle
complexity that organic life itself shall form part of its operational matrix. And you yourselves shall
take on new
forms and go down into the computer to navigate its ten-million-year program!
Yes! I shall design this computer for you. And I shall name it also unto you. And it shall be called...
Phouchg gaped at Deep Thought. "
What a dull name,
" he said...
Some other Hitchhiker quotes that has nothing to do with Terra except for bugs:
The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong
is that when a
thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate
ingenuity of complete fools.
I really didn't foresee the Internet. But then, neither did the computer industry. Not that that
tells us very much, of
course - the computer industry didn't even foresee that the century was going to end.
For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.
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