EU election: most UK political parties have a good balance of men and women, with one major exception. https://dbatley.com/blog/2019/05/eu-candidate-gender-bias.html #ukpol
Here's an interesting perspective: Code Is Not Literature http://www.gigamonkeys.com/code-reading/
It addresses a puzzle:
> [So many programmers say], “People should read code” but few people seem to actually do it. I’d be surprised if I interviewed a novelist and asked them what the last novel they had read was, and they said, “Oh, I haven’t really read a novel since I was in grad school.” Writers actually read other writers but it doesn’t seem that programmers really do, even though we say we should.
Darling: to run macOS apps on Linux!
Linux: to be THE ONE platform to run everything no matter the origin?
Basically Darling does pretty much the same for macOS software that Wine does for Linux to run Windows software.
In the long run, the devs would like to be able to run also iOS apps on ARM devices (like most Android phones).
Willing to contribute? Please contact them via link!
Can Uber ever make a profit?
https://humantransit.org/2019/04/why-invest-in-lyft-or-uber-what-am-i-missing.html #transport #finance
Back when there were 12 pence in a shilling and 20 shilings in a pound, the IBM 1401 computer had optional hardware (i.e. transistors) to do arithmetic on pounds/shillings/pence. Of course, there were two incompatible data standards—BSI and IBM—so this knob selected the format.
PyPy uses utf-8 internally for unicode strings. Such a better idea than 4-byte characters (py2) or 1/2/4-byte (py3) https://morepypy.blogspot.com/2019/03/pypy-v71-released-now-uses-utf-8.html #python
Local council election campaign is hotting up: the Independent is ex-Conservative, and the Conservative is ex-Labour. At least the Lib Dem candidate is the normal one! Leaflets: https://electionleaflets.org/constituencies/65876/southend_west (Upload your leaflets too!) #southend #ukpol
India will soon overtake China to become the most populous country in the world
Life on Earth started almost immediately after it cooled, but it took 2bn years - half of Earth's history - before photosynthesis arrived. Shortly afterwards we got multicellular life. Energy from sunlight was the difficult bit. #science
Modern architecture in a modern church: https://essexchurches.wordpress.com/2019/03/17/basildon-st-martin-of-tours-2/
The 50-Year Newspaper: "What would happen if, instead of us getting news updates multiple times a day, what if we only got news updates every 50 years? Things would look really different." https://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=574662798 #podcast
A pentaquark is a particle made of 5 quarks. The #LHC has been investigating the most common arrangements of the quarks inside it. https://www.symmetrymagazine.org/article/lhcb-results-add-clues-to-pentaquark-mystery #science
We were interviewed about RustPython: https://www.pythonpodcast.com/rust-python-interpreter-episode-207/
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