Computer FAQs:


Q: Is a computer a device that can be instructed to carry out arbitrary sequences of arithmetic or logical operations automatically?

A: Yes.

Q: Are computers said to be Turing-complete?

A: Yes, and which is to say, they have algorithm execution capability equivalent to a universal Turing machine.

Q: Is a computer turned on or reset?

A: Yes.

Q: Were computers electromechanical?

A: Yes, electric switches drove mechanical relays to perform the calculation.

Q: Are computers universal?

A: Yes, and are able to calculate any computable function, and are limited only by their memory capacity and operating speed.

Q: Was a computer laid by Alan Turing in his 1936 paper?

A: Yes.

Q: Are computers designed to distribute their work across several CPUs in a multiprocessing configuration?

A: Yes, and a technique once employed only in large and powerful machines such as supercomputers, mainframe computers and servers.

Q: Was a computer considered "small and primitive" by the standards of its time?

A: Yes, and it was the first working machine to contain all of the elements essential to a modern electronic computer.

Q: Are computers able to perform any of a handful of different instructions?

A: Yes, the more complex computers have several hundred to choose from, each with a unique numerical code.

Q: Is a computer literally: "A device that computes"?

A: Yes, and especially a programmable [usually] electronic machine that performs high-speed mathematical or logical operations or that assembles, stores, correlates, or otherwise processes information.

Q: Is a computer turned off?

A: Yes, but ROM retains its data indefinitely.

Q: Are computers used as control systems for a very wide variety of industrial and consumer devices?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a computer proposed by Alan Turing in his seminal 1936 paper?

A: Yes, and On Computable Numbers.

Q: Are computers now widely available?

A: Yes, and are being increasingly used in lower-end markets as a result.

Q: Was a computer a tide-predicting machine?

A: Yes, and invented by Sir William Thomson in 1872.

Q: Is a computer called peripherals?

A: Yes.

Q: Are computers made out of transistors made of photolithographed semiconductors?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a computer due to this paper?

A: Yes.