2005

Kate just drew my attention to a wonderful rant over at Joel on Software When I started interviewing programmers in 1991, I would generally let them use any language they wanted to solve the coding problems I gave them. 99% of the time, they chose C. And the problem with this is…? [W]hat I’d like…

Read More On our inability to use Java to separate the sheep from the goats

A couple of days ago we woke up to find that one room was without power. No lights, no power to the wall sockets. While we couldn’t think why that room should have been singled out, the fix was obvious – a circuit breaker must have tripped, so I went downstairs to reset it. Except…

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Looking for stock pics for your team-building slideware? Look no further. And when you’re done, click through to here and here. Seriously twisted stuff. Shades of Ricky. But then this is one of the books I’m reading over the break, so what do you expect?

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A couple of apologists for Bush’s warrantless wiretapping wax indignant in an op-ed in today’s New York Times. Yet when it comes right down to it, former DOJ lawyers David B. Rivkin and Lee A. Casey base everything on the following assertion: Even if Congress had intended to restrict the president’s ability to obtain intelligence…

Read More On the uncritical use of the term "commander-in-chief"

I found this over at 10,000 Monkeys and a Camera: Meme of Four Four jobs you’ve had in your life: Software engineer,…. Hmm: that’s it, I think. Different employers (government, academic, commercial) in the UK and US, with many variations on the theme; but basically I’m a one-trick pony. Four movies you could watch over…

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The best gift this season came from Merry’s parents: a copy of The Illustrated Christmas Cracker by John Julius Norwich and Quentin Blake. It’s stuffed full of “quirky quotes”, of which my favourite is this book review from Field and Stream, November 1959: Although written many years ago, Lady Chatterley’s Lover has just been re-issued…

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Must-read piece by Glenn Greenwald, describing in detail how the 1952 Supreme Count decision in Youngstown Co. vs. Sawyer set out the limits on presidential power. And the bottom line: If the President really believed that the Executive has full constitutional power in the area of surveillance on American citizens and that Congress has no…

Read More Glenn Greenwald on Bush, FISA, and Youngstown Co. vs. Sawyer

This afternoon we went up to Lynn to visit our daughter, son-in-law, and grandson Tommy. When we got home, the postman had left a bulky padded envelope containing the DVDs of this summer’s thrilling Ashes cricket match series. Three DVDs, with eight hours coverage of one of the greatest sporting contests in history. So far…

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Like many of my generation, I was a Dead-Head. I bought all the albums, saw them live on a number of occasions (the first being in Wembley on the 1972 European tour), and followed their chequered (but always interesting) journey to its conclusion. Since Jerry’s death there has been a veritable torrent of live concert…

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