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Comment Technical Debt (Score 1) 658

The cruftiness of source code is directly proportional to the amount of time spent working on it times the number of people working on it.

Has someone created such a law before?

Ward Cunningham calls it technical debt. It's what you accrue when you don't mercilessly simplify the design of your application every time you check in.

http://www.martinfowler.com/bliki/TechnicalDebt.ht ml

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Submission + - America's First Cellulosic Ethanol Plant (ecogeek.org)

hankmt writes: ""The state of Georgia just granted Range Fuels a permit to create the first cellulosic ethanol plant in America. HECK YES! This is very exciting...why?"

In short: First: Because cellulosic ethanol produces ethanol from cellulose, which all plants have, instead of sugar, which is only abundant in food crops. Second: Because while corn ethanol only produces 1.3 units of energy for everyone unit of energy that goes into growing the crop and converting the sugar to ethanol, cellulosic ethanol can produce as much as 16 units of energy for every one unit of energy put into the process.

The new plant will be online, producing 100 million gallons in 2008."

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