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New I can see both sides.
We have just-in-time compilers, garbage collectors, profilers, and all the rest. And AI and Expert Systems are getting better all the time. It's not unreasonable to expect that actual writing of code by machine is going to continue to get better.

But, on the other hand, just today I downloaded the drivers and utilities for a Windows-connected Dymo label writer.

165 MB installer.

It's ridiculous. :-/ (Of course, that was human written code that was dragging around some giant Windows C++ Runtime package, also too.)

I'm also reminded of my time working for a small banking software company, just after grad school. I was working on a hypertext "help" system for their banking software. It crawled on a 286 (as you might imagine), and when I told the group in a meeting about it on guy said, "Great! That means we can sell them more powerful computers with it too!!" :-/

drook is right that the modern way is to throw more hardware at the problem, until the next paradigm-breaker comes around to make people start down a different path ("What do you mean that it's faster to do the computations on my $400 graphics card than on my $1200 CPU??"). It's wasteful to not care about code efficiency and instead always think that progress depends on eliminating people with expertise, and makes it much, much easier for bugs (and back doors) to creep in. But until there are actual penalties for bad and inefficient code, it's hard to imagine things changing.

Of course, my copy of "Spontaneous Assembly" never got much of a workout from me, so... ;-)

New I think you have the prices of the GPU and CPU switched around ;-)
New 165MB seems a lot, but let's think about it:
There's a Windows C++ runtime in there.

There's the installation software itself.

There's probably localised documentation in multiple languages - if that includes any multimedia at all (e.g. instructional video or images) it'll soon balloon.

The driver and application software - also localised as above.

Not to mention that everything comes with a copy of Google Chrome these days :)
     Bug in WPA2 - (Another Scott) - (15)
         I'll see your WPA flaw... - (scoenye) - (14)
             Interesting. - (Another Scott) - (13)
                 Good point! - (a6l6e6x) - (12)
                     That's not the promise - (drook) - (10)
                         I don't even think that's true any more. - (pwhysall) - (9)
                             But where's the fun in that? -NT - (drook)
                             Most computer generated code I've seen is pretty awful. - (Andrew Grygus) - (7)
                                 Yabbut ... - (drook) - (6)
                                     Performance, maybe? -NT - (Andrew Grygus) - (5)
                                         Better hardware is cheaper than a good developer -NT - (drook) - (4)
                                             A major reason why computer generated code is so bad. - (Andrew Grygus) - (3)
                                                 I can see both sides. - (Another Scott) - (2)
                                                     I think you have the prices of the GPU and CPU switched around ;-) -NT - (scoenye)
                                                     165MB seems a lot, but let's think about it: - (pwhysall)
                     In this case, it doesn't really apply - (scoenye)

Same thing we do every night, Pinky... try to take over the WORLD!
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