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What's your point? Most kids back then would have cried and begged for their comics back, or for the television to be switched back on.

I'm disagreeing with OP's suggestion that giving computer manuals to kids is a "fairly effective way to create world-changing computer engineers."

You could give computer manuals, but you have to:

a) praise achievement not intelligence


b) Create an interest first. Maybe make it seem like magic or show something that you can do with it.

And I think it depends on the kid, and the fact that smart phones exists now makes little difference.

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