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'I Just Need a Programmer' 735

Posted by timothy
from the next-step-solve-all-problems dept.
theodp writes "As head of the CS Department at the University of Northern Iowa, Eugene Wallingford often receives e-mail and phone calls from eager entrepreneurs with The Next Great Idea. They want to change the world, and they want Prof. Wallingford to help them. They just need a programmer. 'Many idea people,' observes Wallingford, 'tend to think most or all of the value [of a product] inheres to having the idea. Programmers are a commodity, pulled off the shelf to clean up the details. It's just a small matter of programming, right?' Wrong. 'Writing the program is the ingredient the idea people are missing,' he adds. 'They are doing the right thing to seek it out. I wonder what it would be like if more people could implement their own ideas.'"

+ - Is fracking good or bad->

Submitted by ca111a
ca111a (1078961) writes "CNN Money has an article with EPA's Director of Science Policy answering some questions about hydro-fracturing. EPA is planning to conduct a two-year study of this issue, but right now it's practically unregulated. Considering how even a far more familiar and well regulated technologies can sometimes create an enormous disaster, I feel quite uncomfortable hearing that EPA only now starting to look at the issue and acting as if they know nothing about it. The process itself "has been used for over 60 years in more than one million wells". And the way they call the process only adds more worry..."
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Comment: Re:My excuse (Score 2, Interesting) 376

by ca111a (#30834250) Attached to: Sitting Down Too Long Is Bad Even If You Exercise
I biked to work couple times, but then decided not to. The problem is - you share the road with *cars*. So, unless there is a dedicated bike trail or a separate bike lane, it is simply too dangerous. First: the drivers do not want to share the road with a slow moving object - not only bikes, but even seniors for example. Fortunately for seniors, they are usually inside very big and somewhat safe cars. Bicyclists are not. Second: chances of staying intact in an accident for a bicyclist are much lower compared to those of a car driver/passenger. Now, let's combine the first and the second... And I haven't even started with bad weather, visibility issues or intentional desire to hurt a bicyclist (ugly, but possible).

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