This is a column (therefore an opinion piece) written by someone with a huge anti-environmentalist bias. It might be true but equally, it might not be and she has almost certainly cherry picked the facts. It would be great if the bees have recovered but I would need to hear it from someone else.
I have been programming since vi was considered advanced. I have to admit that features such as builtin debugging and autocompletion are very useful. I program in multiple languages and an IDE which understands the language I am using helps me greatly, especially when it knows about the library. I am more productive because of these tools.
As Regan looked at the world through the fog of dementia and dirty windows at the White House he couldn't distinguish between movie scripts and reality. (Remember the refit of the New Jersey?) It seems that Cameron has lost more than a few brain cells too.
When I get out the fountain pen I write about two lines and my hand starts to hurt. I have to stop and use a dictionary to spell and I have to think before I write otherwise my sentenced on-run and make don't sense much.
Photosynthesis has traditionally been one of the "hard" problems to solve. These guys are going to figure it out for 1 million pounds and then use it to produce fuel? I'll put my money on cold fusion first.
Not to diminish Unix's importance, it is a link in the chain -- but what a link it is! When MS is bankrupt, Windoze won't fit onto a DVD and no affordable hardware will be able to run it, Unix will be here. I run FreeBSD on my desktop and still enjoy firing up my AT&T 6300+ and playing with SVR2. Amazingly, the two computers, separated by more than 20 years, interact very nicely through a RS232 connection.
From the Article: "Some of you are extremely talented, gifted even at what you do," said Arthur Money, Assistant Secretary of Defense and CIO at the Department of Defense (DoD). "If you're thinking about what you want to do with the rest of your life, maybe you should think about this in a different manner. You should think about coming to work for us.""
This really points out the need for a new Internet in which anonymous use is either very difficult or impossible. The spammers, phishers et al could be rooted out or blocked and the rest of us could get on with life.