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Comment Uh... yes (Score 4, Insightful) 218

That is, If you like frameworks that are bug free, extensively tested, universally known and hide a lot of the weirdness between browsers and browser versions providing a consistent interface, then yes, definitely learn it, it takes a lot of pain away.

If you like pain, or always want to use the shinny new fancy thing, or want to learn all about IE9 and Opera edge cases. Then don't use it.

Comment Re:Seems Silly to me (Score 1) 258

Humans make good workers and good resources. To use your own resource argument, it would take a lot of resources to exterminate the humans. Why not help each other?

Why does your imagined AI need to expand to the point to need all of Earth resources? And if it does, why would it stay to begin with then?

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Submission + - Open Science API Competition->

ZipprHead writes: "The Public Library of Science and Mendeley are hosting a "Binary Battle". A competition to develop applications built on their public APIs. There's $16,000 in prize money to be won plus other cool gifts. Not as much as the cool million offered for the Netflix API competition, but there is a lot of good karma associated with contributing to open access research that enhance scientists' and all our lives and 16k is well... still 16k. They've compiled a list of ideas sourced from the scientific community. You just have to write the code to wire things together.

Disclaimer, I work at the Public Library of Science."

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Submission + - Amazon.com pricing algorithm lists book at $23M->

leek writes: An Amazon.com pricing algorithm which lets sellers set prices based on other sellers' prices led to a positive feedback loop, causing the biology text The Making of A Fly to reach $23M. Biologist Micheal Eisen talks about it on his Blog. The prices were reset but are back up to $976.98.
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Real Programs don't use shared text. Otherwise, how can they use functions for scratch space after they are finished calling them?

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