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Do computers need any input or output device?

Somewhat inspired by an answer I gave about keyboard lights I now ask this: do computers actually need any sort of input (keyboard, mouse, touchpad, scanner, microphone, joystick, etcetera) or output ...
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The functions of a kernel

Because of the popularity of Android, many people wonder about what a kernel is. When people install custom optimized kernels, as improvement or change in performance is not directly noticeable, they ...
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When referring to the field of supercomputing, what exactly is a “compute/computing node”?

Is it a processor? A computer? It seems that wherever I look, the term is very vaguely defined... perhaps it means many things in different contexts?
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IBM WATSON tied yesterday Feb 14 2011 in Jeopardy, is this the beginning of a new era in supercomputing? [closed]

What platform is Watson based on? It's amazing that the speech capabilities are really good. Any thoughts on this?
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Online video courses “introduction to computing” [closed]

I am a long time programmer, low-level to mid-level stuff. I've word on various things like commercially available software to 5ESS to factory automation software. One thing I have not done over the ...
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What is a quantum processor?

Someone brought up a "quantum processor" or "quantum computing" the other day. What is it? How does it differ from the processors we're using?