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Howard H. Aiken

Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.

Howard Hathaway Aiken (8 March 190014 March 1973) was a pioneer in computing, being the primary engineer behind IBM's Harvard Mark I computer.

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  • The desire to economize time and mental effort in arithmetical computations, and to eliminate human liability to error is probably as old as the science of arithmetic itself.
    • "Proposed Automatic Calculating Machine" (1937)
  • Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their throats.
    • As quoted in Portraits in Silicon (1987) by Robert Slater
    • Variant: Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.
      • As quoted in A Computer Science Reader : Selections from Abacus (1988) by Eric A. Weiss, p. 404

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