The Null Device

The net is closing around luddites and those not fond of those dreadful new-fangled computers everybody's using these days. Now, it seems that not even the traditional refuge of the pub is safe; a survey has found that almost half of pub conversations are about computers. Moreover, a quarter of women would rather discuss computers than their family life, and a third of dinner party conversations are about computers. Mind you, this is in the UK, where computers were traditionally a status symbol for the upper strata of the eviscerated neo-Thatcherite middle classes.

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