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25th Aug 2020, 09:29 pm - Welcome to my blog
I'm Paul Wright, a software engineer based in Cambridge, England. You can now find my public blog on my own site: http://www.noctua.org.uk/blog/. I'll be crossposting from there to LJ but you'll only be able to comment on my site. See you over there.
How the Boeing 737 Max Disaster Looks to a Software Developer – IEEE Spectrum
What went wrong with the 737 Max, and reflections on safety culture and software.
(tags: engineering aircraft safety software)

Originally posted at Name and Nature. You can comment there. There are currently comments.
There’s a lot wrong with this viral list about the Lisbon Treaty – Full Fact
A large number of our readers have asked us to factcheck a list of claims about the Lisbon Treaty, or “what will actually happen if we stay in the EU”, which has gone viral on social media.</p>

The list has appeared in numerous versions across different platforms since mid-December. The text at the beginning and end is often different, but the central list of claims is virtually identical across most of the versions we’ve seen.

Much of it is wrong. The list is a mixture of false claims, and claims that have some truth but could be misleading given the context.
(tags: brexit politics lisbon propaganda eu europe)

Stoicism’s Appeal to the Rich and Powerful – Ex Urbe

(tags: stoicism philosophy)

How to Buy a Car Without Interacting With a Human – The Toast
I wonder whether this works in the UK…
(tags: shopping cars money car)
Debugging Vim by example – David Winterbottom
“This post illustrates a range of debugging and profiling approaches for Vim by walking through real issues I’ve recently investigated, diagnosed and resolved. “
(tags: vim debugging)

Originally posted at Name and Nature. You can comment there. There are currently comments.
Sick and tired: Online activists are silencing us, scientists say
“Scientists researching treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome say they face online abuse and harassment. Some are leaving the field. It’s a ‘new normal,’ they say, and patients may lose out.”
(tags: research culture psychology internet trolling medicine)

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Towards an understanding of technical debt | Kellan Elliott-McCrea
Different categories of things which all get lumped together as technical debt.
(tags: programming technical-debt software)

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The King of the Ferret Leggers | Outside Online
“One can only wonder what suffering might have been avoided if the Argentine junta had been informed that sportsmen in England put down their pants animals that are known only for their astonishingly powerful bites and their penchant for insinuating themselves into small dark holes. Perhaps the generals would have reconsidered their actions on the Falklands.”
(tags: ferrets barnsley yorkshire funny)

Originally posted at Name and Nature. You can comment there. There are currently comments.
Quine’s Naturalism – 3:AM Magazine
“Sense data, Quine came to realize, are just as much theoretical posits as the electrons, bacteria, and chromosomes we supposedly construct from them. We do not see ‘patches of green, brown, and grey’ when we are walking through a forest; we see trees, logs, and squirrels. This is why it requires severe training to teach amateur painters to reproduce their everyday three-dimensional view of the world on a two-dimensional canvas.”
(tags: quine philosophy naturalism science epistemology)
Parliament is now at war with government – and it’s winning
“The content of Theresa May’s defeats over the last couple of days isn’t particularly meaningful, but the fact they happened at all suggests that parliament’s guerrilla war against the government has started. And it seems to be winning.”
(tags: constitution brexit politics parliament)

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Type punning isn’t funny: Using pointers to recast in C is bad.
A common C programming technique (casting between pointers to structures) leads to problems when strict aliasing is turned on (as it is if you set -O2 -O3 in gcc).
(tags: C programming casting punning)
Type Punning, Strict Aliasing, and Optimization – Embedded in Academia
More on the type punning/aliasing business.
(tags: C punning aliasing programming)

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23rd Nov 2018, 01:13 am - Link blog: psychology
5 Ways Smart People Sabotage Their Success

(tags: psychology)


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EU Law Analysis: Freedom to insult? Balancing freedom of expression with religious tolerance in ECHR case law
“A recent judgment of the European Court of Human Rights has raised again the question of whether there should be limits on free speech when someone might be offended by it – in this case, concerning the Muslim faith. It’s a good opportunity to explain the context of the case and assess what – if any – limits should be acceptable on free speech in such cases.”
(tags: EU law free-speech islam)

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Everything you need to know about the final weeks of Brexit in five minutes
Things are about to get interesting.
(tags: brexit politics europe doom)

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Voice Phishing Scams Are Getting More Clever — Krebs on Security
Never give your PIN to someone who called you.
(tags: phishing phone scam security)
Writing system software: code comments. –
A taxonomy of code comments.
(tags: code design programming comments)

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3rd Oct 2018, 12:13 am - Link blog: programming, editor, vim
10-Best-VIM-Cheat-Sheet-02.jpg (1979×1346)
A handy Vim / Vi cheatsheet
(tags: vim programming editor)

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27th Aug 2018, 12:13 am - Link blog: philosophy, hume
Hume is the amiable, modest, generous philosopher we need today | Aeon Essays
Hume believed we were nothing more or less than human: that’s why he’s the amiable, modest, generous philosopher we need now
(tags: philosophy hume)

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24th Jul 2018, 12:13 am - Link blog: interview, C, programming
Deep C (and C++)
The differences between shallow and deep understanding in C/C++ or how to ace the technical interview.
(tags: programming C interview)

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SF For Nothing, Stories For Free – Charlie’s Diary
A list of free SF.
(tags: reading books science-fiction)

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