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Monday, January 30, 2012

Church-Turing thesis and strings

My empirically determined corollary to Turing's computability thesis is that any problem, no matter how interesting it seems on the surface, can be reduces to a deja-vu inducing set of string handling, vector sorting and hash lookups.

And as new features are added, the problem of writing out and reading files slowly becomes most of what that program does - until the program resembles an actual Turing machine: ploddingly scribbling and reading things from an infinite tape which, because of flooding in Thailand, is infintely expensive.

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