Overview of Rust and Pony

I wanted to study some twenty-first century programming languages, open source and not coming out from a big vendor, and I picked Rust and Pony. Here is my potted overview of the features. Both Pony and Rust are compiled programming languages for highly concurrent applications, use C family syntax (like…

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Where is the Scrum in “Scrum”?

I have never really understood why the Scrum framework calls itself “Scrum”.   And it bothered me, as it must any right-thinking person with their priorities straight. The scrum in rugby is where the two teams form opposing battlements and push against each other, a ball is introduced to the tunnel…

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Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk reviewed: Lo-Fi versus Hi-Fi

Ben Fountain’s story has many of movie director Ang Lee’s tropes: the innocent boy making his way through a hostile world to an uncertain future, the adoptive father figure providing unexpected gentleness and wisdom,  the feisty girl with compromising motivations, Go West young man to escape the stultifying Nest, characters…

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Patents should reward objective perspiration not putative inspiration

I am not sure that you can get further from clickbait than the Semiconductor Museum website: but the interview with Jack Haenichen has a lot of interest concerning IP. Haenichen was a pioneer at Motorola in developing practical silicon transistors, and one of his babies, the 2N2222, sold billions and…

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