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Comment: Re:Last straw? (Score 5, Interesting) 523

Finally, someone uses their brain. Sure, we could send a big army over there and stomp them into the ground. But then what?

And if anyone thinks Saddam's dead-enders were a big headache, what do you suppose a bunch of religious zealots will be?

Cue Mencken on problems and solutions.

Comment: Re:disclosure (Score 1) 447

Bullshit. Papers directly supported by funding/grants should, and usually do, thank/credit the sources. But just because someone funded you for one thing doesn't mean you have to disclose that in every paper you write that is remotely related.

Papers directly supported by funding/grants usually don't thank/credit sources (or maybe it's just so small that I never noticed it?).

It's de rigueur, and honest funding sources expect you to credit them.

In my field it's usually a paragraph right before the references cited. Sometimes there is also a Conflict of Interest statement, which I think is required by certain journals.

Comment: But who will program the program..... (Score 1) 266

by Proudrooster (#49102207) Attached to: The Robots That Will Put Coders Out of Work

But who will program the program? Once the new amazing program is created, will users somehow be able to communicate requirements or will they just get a wizard?

The problem is not the lack of coders, the problem is that our species can not keep pace with our rate of technological innovation and expansion. Technology is ubiquitous as evidenced by people walking around like zombies starting at screens. Until we get a handle on technology, what it "is", where it is taking us, and how to adapt it to our species in a sane way, I doubt that programming will go away. It might morph, but it will still require advanced knowledge of business rules, databases, and processing.

As long as we are chasing the shiny ball of hardware, technology, and new functionality we will need programmers. When the ultimate platform is finally decided or all the players agree to use a platform neutral architecture, then we can run code generators. Oh wait, I think we tried that with JAVA and .NET.

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