to start with he is 12, not 6 or 8! There has been a lot of discussion as to the seeming unreasonable ability Raf has to use computers.. which highly dismays me. Here are some words we need to consider: Intellectual Gifts Generational Learning Mathematics, the universal language. The two big things I see people's problems with Raf's computer savvy fall under: How could he hack and interface with the Autobots and the Governments computers, the simple fact that the Autobots computer is at its base still human technology well falls under the simple fact of.. As has been proven with the proliferation of computers and generations of children gaining access to computers at much younger ages, the capability of younger folks to comprehend and learn operating systems is now beyond what it was even when I was a kid. That's a basic reality of learning. As for hacking the Govt... that is cut and dry a plot device, which is rarely ever used well. The act of doing so in all reality is really really hard to pull off, to say the least. Thankfully the second time around (the radio telescopes) they at least added a limit to his ability which gave an ounce of reality to the situation. The other major dilemma is his ability to understand Bumblebee's Artoo impersonations. if you listen closely at times it does sound like he (Bee) is trying to form words.. For example, in the opening moments of episode 3 if you listen close when Bee wins the race its pretty easy to make out him synthesizing "I Won!" which works fine for common and simple one or two word phrases. Oh No!, uh huh!, no way!, over there!, and things of that nature. For a need to convey a more complex thought, there are many options of computer languages that Raf could have, with practice, had open knowledge of.. Granted, there was another small flaw in planning, there should have been a small amount of time pass where they could work on communications before they were chatting like old buddies to smooth the transition. (like episode 2 or 3) Aside from some minor glitches in execution, Raf's abilities have fallen well within the capabilities of a 12 year old well gifted with understanding of mathematics and programming.