On Inequality by Harry Frankfurt (2015)

inequalitySomeone who insists that he be treated equally is calculating his demands on the basis of what other people have rather than on what will accord with the realities of his own condition and will most suitably provide for his own interests and needs.  In his desire for equality, there is no affirmation by a person of himself.  On the contrary, a concern for simply being equal to others leads people to define their goals in terms that are set by considerations other than the specific requirements of their own distinctive nature and of their own circumstances.” 88-9

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Frankfurt argues that equality in and of itself is not morally important and should not be expressly pursued as an end by society or individuals.  He argues that it is more important to treat people respectfully than equally, by ensuring sufficiency (making sure needs are met so no one lives in want) and considering individuality (according importance to different needs, tastes, skills, etc. when distributing resources).

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The Computer: A Very Short Introduction by Darrel Ince (2011)

ComputerA computer contains one or more processors which operate on data.  The processors(s) are connected to data storage.  The intentions of a human operator are conveyed to the computer via a number of input devices.  The result of any computation carried out by the processor(s) will be shown on a number of display devices. 6

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An exploration—in broad, non-technical terms—of the components of computers, and how these components function to allow us to carry out operations or run software.  Also discussed are the ramifications of the shrinking cost and physical size of computers, their increasing ubiquity, and the opportunities and challenges presented by computer security in the age of global computing.

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