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Some Real World Haskell [May. 22nd, 2013|10:47 am]
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Yes, sometimes I do think in code.
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Blame the noisy idiot(s) [Mar. 30th, 2013|03:42 pm]
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[Current Mood |meh]

It appears that the "Manage Friends" page no longer allows me to edit friends. Instead, it wants me to do something else. "This page displays all users on your Friends list and all users who have added you to their Friends list. You can add and remove users from your Friends list on this page." Hmmm. None of my LJ friends are listed on that page.

So I can't remove any LJ friends who post summaries of their daily tweets. I don't want to read your tweets on LJ. I have a Twitter account for that. Your crap gets in the way of the people who actually write LJ posts.

Consequently, I rarely ever read LJ these days. So anyone wondering why I rarely, if ever, comment on your posts - blame the "noisy idiot" Twitter users.
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Csound-Conference [Jul. 17th, 2011|10:29 pm]
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[Current Mood |giddygiddy]

Csound-Conference is exactly what is sounds like: a Csound conference.

The highlights for me are the Haskell meets Csound (Anton Kholomiov) workshops, and the New Language Features: Csound5 or Csound6? item.

The description for the latter says, Arrays, control structures and more: What can be included now; what is for Csound6. init-pass: Michael Gogins, so I'm very excited about that. I don't have to be there to anticipate some tasty new language features.
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Miracle Media: TV schedules [Jul. 9th, 2011|05:31 pm]
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[Current Mood |cynicalcynical]
[Current Music |Bent Festival 2005 DVD Highlights]

Mr Davies, if you're going to make a big deal about the US involvement when you start promoting your new Torchwood series, you'd have known that the launch in the US is one whole week ahead of the UK launch. You should also know what the BBC would do with any interview you give before the US launch.

So you helped hype the US launch in the UK, and I don't believe you couldn't predict the consequences. That's nearly as bad as leaking a DVD of the first episode a few weeks earlier.

I do hope you're also telling the UK culture minister that you're supporting what they call "illegal downloads" and that the entire media world is living in a timewarp.

Apart from you, of course, because I can't believe you're really that clueless. No, no. You even put the trailer for the first episode online the same day as the US launch.

You know exactly what you're doing.
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A pseudo-random password generator in Haskell [Jun. 1st, 2011|09:24 pm]
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[Current Mood |accomplished]

import Random

wibble :: IO [Int]
wibble = getStdGen >>= (return . randomRs (0, maxBound))

password (r:rs) = select alphas r : map (select (alphas ++ digits)) rs
      select pc ix = pc !! (ix `mod` (length pc))
      alphas = ['a'..'z'] ++ ['A'..'Z']
      digits = ['0'..'9']

main = wibble >>= putStrLn . take 10 . password
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Zappa Play Zappa at the Roundhouse [Nov. 7th, 2010|12:41 am]
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[Current Mood |exhaustedexhausted]

The support band were poor, the sound was dreadful, and I could hardly see anything. I must remember to never see anything at the Roundhouse ever again.

On the other hand, the music was great and I saw Moon Zappa perform Valley Girl. I could barely hear the words, of course. A certain TV channel was recording it for broadcast, so [cough, cough] I may get a chance [cough, cough] to see the gig properly. However, I've never yet [cough, cough] seen anything from that channel, so it seems unlikely.

Summary: It was alright.
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A modest proposal (for ISPs) [Oct. 20th, 2010|02:18 pm]
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[Current Mood |dispassionate]

Malware can be detected by the network traffic it generates. If your account is sending masses of spam/phish email, at least one of your machines has very likely been compromised. However, I'd like to give the customer a warning and a reasonable period in which to fix the problem - perhaps a letter and a month.

Expecting every vendor to fix software security overnight is unrealistic. Computer history tells us that code lives on for decades. It's just not practical to do a global "clean room". If it was that easy, it would've happened by now.

We have literally decades of damage to fix. Kicking malware-infected machines off the Internet would be a good way to start. It would be a clear msg to vendors and users: Stop enabling malware, or we'll do it for you.
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XMAS music in supermarkets [Oct. 18th, 2010|03:39 pm]
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[Current Mood |apprehensive]
[Current Music |Analog Impressions #045 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khjtCDcg67g]

My personal preference is for no music to be played in supermarkets at all. This is my #1 reason for not shopping at certain shops, and one of my biggest reasons for hating XMAS. Some day I might be tempted to try home delivery during the XMAS season, but I hear that has problems of its own (like random alternatives to items not currently in stock).

If there's a supermarket that has a strict all-year "no music" policy, I'd love to know. I might consider switching to them for the XMAS season. If I had a big enough freezer and storeroom, I'd spent the preceeding months stocking up, so I could avoid supermarkets completely for a few months.
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Risks of getting older [Aug. 1st, 2010|11:03 pm]
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[Current Mood |ummmm]

"Why did i just come into this room? What's that body doing there? Why have i got a bloody axe in my hand?"

That's a "senior killer moment".
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Unsolicited IT support call [Jul. 31st, 2010|11:03 am]
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[Current Mood |amusedamused]
[Current Music |a noisy fridge]

Unsolicited IT support caller: "blah blah technical blah blah security update blah blah. So which version of windows are you using?"
Me: "None."
[long pause]
[caller hangs up]
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