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Revisions to this article[edit]

I am slowly and carefully trying to reverse the degradation of this article. But I worry that at some point, I will reawaken the "electronic-systems-are-machines" crowd. Their argument is that electrons running through wires satisfy the forces and controlled movement definition of a machine. This makes cellphones, flat screen tvs, computers, networks, video games, e-books, animals and plants, and just about everything a machine, which in a way causes the word to lose its meaning. Recent vandalism to this article repeatedly added the word hat as a machine, which would fit the "electronic-systems-are-machines" definition if it included wearable electronics such as earphones or glasses. Prof McCarthy (talk) 22:53, 17 September 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

'Hats' was originally added as a joke, probably by Mark Watson, for the Taskmaster TV show (S05E02). One could assume that subsequent edits were copycats once the show aired. Nzd (talk) 00:40, 26 February 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Article protected for six months[edit]

Because of this edit made after the recent protection expired I have protected the article for 6 months. I previously protected the article from for two weeks 16–23 September 2017 so that "autoconfirmed or confirmed access" was needed. Ie if an IP address or a new user make a change it had to be confirmed by an experianced user. I would have preferred to reinstate that form of protection. However while that was in place there was on average one case of vandalism a day which while not displayed had to be reverted.

Therefore reluctantly I have now protected the page against any edit by IP or new users for six months.

See also Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/BiffyClyroFan13

-- PBS (talk) 10:23, 25 September 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

arab claims need attention[edit]

It looks like we have another case of Jagged 85 style cleanup to do, fhe first programmable mechanism was described by Hero of Alexandria, a mechanical theatre which could play various scenes and plays from Greek comedy and tragedy. Other claims are here which look suspicious, I cannot divert time to check them but someone should. For more info see: WP:Jagged 85 cleanup. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 5.173.168.137 (talkcontribs) 19:27, September 28, 2019 (UTC)