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On the value of Turing machines

Programmers, on the other hand, love general-case solutions. Algebra is cool. Calculus is cool. Cellular automata are cool. Turing machines, as universal computing devices, are really, really cool. But Turing machines by themselves don't do a damned thing. A raw, unprogrammed Turing machine puts no food on the table, chases off no wolves, and wipes away not a single tear. - William Pietri

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October 9, 2003 01:03 AM

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Reginald Braithwaite-Lee
(October 25, 2003 09:55 PM #)

"Beware of the Turing tar-pit in which everything is possible but nothing of interest is easy."

http://www.cs.yale.edu/homes/perlis-alan/quotes.html

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