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Not enough citations in the Comm. of the ACM

Dated: 

8 March 2018

For my students writing essays, in computer science or the history thereof: No citations or not enough citations to your peers gets you into trouble. See the comments section of this recent article in the Communications of the ACM: https://cacm.acm.org/magazines/2018/3/225475-a-programmable-programming-language/fulltext

Reading Assignments at Siegen University

Dated: 

30 November 2017

 

Dear Media Students,

Thank you for attending my class today. Please prepare the following two assignments for 14 December 2017. You will be asked to actively participate.

 

ASSIGNMENT 1

Read James Somers's `The Coming Software Apocalypse,' which appeared in The Atlantic on 26 September 2017.

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Strachey and ApSimon, 1965

Dated: 

1 November 2017

In 1965 Christopher Strachey introduced his termination problem, which I also call Strachey's Halting Problem in my writings, to the readership of The Computer Journal. Specifically, Strachey provided a “proof” that it is

impossible to write a program which can examine any other program and tell, in every case, if it will terminate or get into a closed loop when it is run. [5]

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