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Paula G
Expatriate Australian Semantic Web Triathlete
Expatriate Australian Semantic Web Triathlete


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I think that Life is easier in Clojure than APL

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I've been reading many reports of how statistical analysis can identify when and where crimes are likely to occur. Apparently these ideas are so successful that Chicago is using it to target likely offenders.

Doesn't this just support the idea that criminal behavior is less of a choice and more a matter of environment and circumstance? So rather than saying, "Everything about your circumstances suggests that you will commit a crime, so now we're watching you," shouldn't we be focussing our resources on identifying those circumstances and fixing them?

Forgetting that this might make life better for some people, wouldn't it just save money? (as shown in countries that have adopted this approach).

I know people who think that public money that makes life better for some people is morally wrong, even if it saves money - but I disagree.

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DDD with Mavericks can be tricky to install with Fink

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A new post on Clojure (this time it's ClojureScript), and it's really nothing to bother with. I was in a hurry and I didn't mention half of what I've been looking at, but I thought I should write stuff down before I forgot it all. But then @planetclojure picks up on it, and suddenly nearly 100 people have read it. Yikes. No one likes looking naïve, but there I am. Maybe I should try to write something intelligent... but then I wouldn't know how to do that.

When I was a very young boy I learned to like sci-fi. When I say "sci-fi" I don't mean anything with magic, though that's fun too, and occasionally the two concepts get mixed up. But if there's magic, then I prefer the term "fantasy", and if there's technology then I call it sci-fi ("Science Fiction" is different to "Magical Fiction"). I liked technology, both in the future and today.

As a very young child (4) I would watch:
- Star Trek
- Thunderbirds
- Space 1999
- The Six Million Dollar Man
- Planet of the Apes
- Land of the Giants
- Lost in Space
- Doctor Who
- The Tomorrow People

As I got older, some of these dropped away, but there were always reruns, and a few new ones started:
- Bionic Woman (though I always preferred Steve)
- Gemini Man
- Battlestar Galactica
- Knight Rider

Then just as I was finishing school, things picked up again:
- Star Trek: TNG
- Babylon 5
- Star Trek: Deep Space 9
- Star Trek: Voyager
- Crusade
- Star Trek: Enterprise
- Stargate
- Lost (never watched this as I didn't know it was sci-fi for several years)
- Battlestar Galactica
- Stargate Atlantis
- Stargate Universe
- Caprica
- Eureka

I'm sure I've missed a few, but you get the point.

So, right now there is....

- Fringe
- Alphas (this just doesn't grab me)

... and..... what? Anything? Surely I'm not the only person who likes Sci-fi?

The other thing worth mentioning is that SyFy just isn't doing anything right now that's falls doesn't involve magic, except maybe Alphas. They've done some great stuff in the past... so what happened?

I'd have kept my TV subscription if there was anything worth watching.

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