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No doubt a few of you have read this already. Yes, the author has a bias (we all do), but I still feel his point stands. It's a long read, so grab a comfy place to plant yourself for a while. With the resurgence of FP (Clojure, Haskell, etc.) and some seemingly sensible moves in even the systems-language space (Rust, for example), maybe we'll see less boilerplate and ceremony in the coming years.

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Stop Cable Company F#%kery

Yes, yes, yes, one million times yes, John Oliver presents net neutrality in a way that pretty much anyone can get. So, if you agree with anything presented in this video, get yourself to https://www.fcc.gov/comments and have your say.

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On a brighter note. Last night MEPs voted in favour of a new law that will require all drug clinical trial results in Europe to be recorded in a public database.

I'm sure there will be loopholes, and sadly this doesn't include medicines which are already on the market, but this is still a positive step :)

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Just, wow. Initially it just seems like a cute slightly geeky post until the rabid legion descend upon the post. Read the comments, they're incredible, all faith in humanity now irretrievably lost. :)
"I am a Unix Creationist. I believe the world was created on January 1, 1970 and as prophesized, will end on January 19, 2038"

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I totally missed this January 1st, State-of-the-Union-esque post by +Tim Bray, but it's still very much worth reading. Tim is one of the smartest people I've met, and he's been around (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Bray).

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Having lived in NZ and the UK, and having seen the various court cases, and patent related tomfoolery go on, I can only say "NO" to this. I have to wonder what threat or promise these other nations (Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Chile etc.) are actually getting from this?

If you're in NZ, or Australia (or, hell, any of the other nations) right now, ask your MP what benefit they see coming from this, and explain to them why this is a bad idea. DRM enshrined in law, further copyright extensions, software and biological patents, none of this can help the general populace. It helps large corporations maintain the status quo, it does not help the advancement of science and the arts.

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The "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition" reviewed as a work of dystopian fiction, this is just beautifully surreal and at the same time, damning of society in general. I love it.

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A short guide to the Middle East:

From K-N Al-Sabah, posted in the FT (sadly can't link because you need to be a member... yay for walled gardens):
"""Sir, Iran is backing Assad. Gulf states are against Assad!
 
Assad is against Muslim Brotherhood. Muslim Brotherhood and Obama are against General Sisi.
 
But Gulf states are pro Sisi! Which means they are against Muslim Brotherhood!
 
Iran is pro Hamas, but Hamas is backing Muslim Brotherhood!
 
Obama is backing Muslim Brotherhood, yet Hamas is against the US!
 
Gulf states are pro US. But Turkey is with Gulf states against Assad; yet Turkey is pro Muslim Brotherhood against General Sisi. And General Sisi is being backed by the Gulf states!
 
Welcome to the Middle East and have a nice day."""

Does anyone make a tenkeyless "Space Invader" keyswitch based keyboard? I remember one of my old Amigas had those and I miss the feel to this day.
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