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Comment Re:Not mine. (Score 1) 246

Translating a set of requirements into code is something we can automate. One day we'll be able to have one programmer that is able to do the job of 20 programmers.

Also if the middle class is out of a job and not buying gadgets, then I'm pretty much out of a job as a programmer.

To do that you would have develop a very precise requirements language... in fact you might say higher level code is a requirements language that translates specific requirements into machine code via a compiler.

Comment Yuuup (Score 1) 87

clouds have baked private keys into their public images, so that any user could SSH into any machine

The first capture the flag hacking event hosted by my college's volunteer systems team (which supplemented the IT staff) had this problem. Every system had the same SSH keys, so it was easy to man-in-the-middle your opponents, gain their credentials, then log into their actual systems. One of the teams that discovered this (and won the contest) went on to host the next year's event. (This was not recent.)

Comment Re:Better up the Military Budget (Score 1) 233

We're going to need a LOT more killer drones people.

Yes, really. Once resources become scarce enough, and suddenly a catastrophe eliminates a large chunk of them, there will be a lot of people fighting for survival and a share of the planet's resources.

(Idea: the government should tax us for clean air and clean water. It costs money to add pollution controls. People should have to pay for it. You don't think clean air grows on trees do you?)

Submission + - Social media is not your friend

Presto Vivace writes: Of 8 Tech Companies, Only Twitter Says It Would Refuse to Help Build Muslim Registry for Trump

The Intercept contacted nine of the most prominent such firms, from Facebook to Booz Allen Hamilton, to ask if they would sell their services to help create a national Muslim registry, an idea recently resurfaced by Donald Trump’s transition team. Only Twitter said no.

Comment Re:What contract? (Score 2) 87

You could probably sell them as modified Fords. As long as the customer understood what he was getting.

If a customer had a problem with a Ford that turned out to be a modified Ford and the modifications were the problem (or even if they weren't) then Ford would likely take action. They rightly don't want their valuable brand name tarnished by someone's modifications.

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