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November 28, 2010

Big news from a small place

If this is right, then it is simply huge.

Of course, that is a very big if.  Then again, if there is one hypothesis in cosmology that has been proved beyond doubt, it is Haldane’s: that “the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.”

November 28, 2010 in Science | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

This could get messy

Doing some research for a user group talk on the Reactive Extensions for .NET, and found them described by a MSDN commenter as “the ultimate power tool to orchestrate potentially an arbitrary number [of] concurrently running workflows made up of composable monad chains.”

Yes, that will do nicely to pull in the Visual Basic crowd.

The same commenter speaks of a “reactive functional programming brain inversion process,” so I had better ask Owen to put down some sheets.

November 28, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

November 20, 2010

First as tragedy, then as farce

You would imagine that the one thing an identity card system would have is information on who the cards were issued to.  But you would have reckoned without the UK’s well-thought-out implementation: “We should not exaggerate the significance of all this. Much has been made of the elderly and the very young. We have no reliable demographic information at all on who the purchasers were.

November 20, 2010 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack