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Comment: Define "program itself" (Score 2) 375

Computers have been able to "program themselves" since the first Fortran compiler. We just taught computers how to interpret specifications written at higher and higher levels. Let me know what it'd take for a computer to come up with a program's requirements all by itself, and then we'll know what a singularity needs.

Comment: Re:Disney and LEGO are very different (Score 2) 120

by tepples (#48446443) Attached to: 2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means?

people could legitimately argue "you let that profit making company knowingly use your trademark for 0 dollars, so charging us more would be illegal"

I'd be interested in reading a citation supporting your theory that granting a nonexclusive license for qualifying noncommercial uses will weaken a trademark.

Comment: Re:Cars are just part of what's on the road (Score 1) 419

by tepples (#48443929) Attached to: In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars
When you buy a car, you're buying the ability to have a car in front of you when you leave the building. Autonomous rental cars that drive themselves to the doorstep also provide that ability. Making cars fungible in this manner which changes the threshold for "you are going to use the asset infrequently".

... when fits of creativity run strong, more than one programmer or writer has been known to abandon the desktop for the more spacious floor. -- Fred Brooks