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Michael Hart
Works at Cmed Technology Ltd.
Attended School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, University of Waikato, New Zealand
Lives in West Sussex, UK
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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.
A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more completely because he drinks. It is rather the same thing that is happening to the English language. It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language ...
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+Michael Hart  - there are certain classes of problem that are harder to solve in FP, certainly.  Then again there's a bunch of things that aren't hard to solve that way, but are very inefficient.  Sometimes you just really want mutable state and locks.   What I'm getting at is not that I think FP is a bad idea - but that I think languages that don't allow for mutable state are a dead end.
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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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Then there'll be 'trials' and other under the radar 'trials'.
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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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Maybe I missed the memo on this one but, sneaky UK government is sneaky!
1 National service system. (1) Every individual who has attained the age of 18 years, and who has not attained the age of 26 years, shall be liable to serve one year of national service at some point between these years unless exempt. (2) 5 Exempt individuals are those with severe mental or ...
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I wonder who proposed the bill? Might tell us something about what they have in mind for it.
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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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Well, if you wrote anything at all on  those Apple, the Matias should by similar, but I know what you mean, buying without trying is a no no in keyboards and audio for me...
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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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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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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."""
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I'm running a FILCO Majestouch Tenkeyless. All the keys I need sans-numeric keypad. All up, lovely. Nice keyswitches, easy maintenance and a good heft to the keyboard over-all.
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RIP Iain, your talent, The Culture, and the worlds in your head will be sorely missed.
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Software Engineer
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  • Cmed Technology Ltd.
    Software engineer, 2006 - present
  • Business Systems Developments Ltd., NZ
    PHP developer, 2001 - 2002
  • Nothing But Net, NZ
    Senior developer, 2003 - 2006
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Hamilton, New Zealand - North of Auckland, New Zealand - Middlesbrough, UK - very briefly, Athens, Greece
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  • School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, University of Waikato, New Zealand
    Software engineering (BCMS hons), 1995 - 2000
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