The shock of the forgotten

I’ve lately become interested in the Haskell programming language again, after a long time (eleven years!) away from the fold. During the process of thrashing about and trying to find my footing, I discovered a new module, named Data.ByteString, which makes dealing with strings in Haskell both sane and impressively fast. So I started to read the code, and whoa! There’s my name! Because it had been so long since I’d done any Haskell programming, I’d almost completely forgotten about everything that I had written, including Data.PackedString (a pale precursor of the stream-fusing beauty that is Data.ByteString). I wrote PackedString in 1994 (before Haskell acquired a half-decent module system), when I spent a summer interning for Simon Peyton Jones. It was almost a physical shock to see my name in a context that I had so thoroughly forgotten. I must have sat staring at the screen for a good 15 seconds, and even then I had to ask Don Stewart on #haskell about the connection, beause I could just not figure it out (he pointed me at Data.PackedString). I don’t know whether to be more amused by seeing my name in a chunk of code that’s far superior to my original or my own astonishment at seeing it there.
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3 comments on “The shock of the forgotten
  1. Away from the fold, haha, got it! 🙂

  2. Robin Bate Boerop says:

    That’s very amusing, Bryan!

    I develop with Haskell, so I thank you for PackedString and its progeny.

  3. Dian says:

    links to ‘evidence’ that climate chnage does not exist I do not have any. I agree that climate chnage exists but I do not agree that anthropogenic climate chnage is an issue, or if it is, it is negligible. I believe that climate chnage is a naturally occurring event on a cyclical scale, driven by the sun. But it does not matter what any of us believe’. The real issue is faked data, omitted data, changing modeling software to get the desired result. This is Climategate.According to these lead researchers own data, which they hid, shows that for at least the last 10 years world temperatures have been declining. Further there is no correlation between rising world temperatures and CO2. In fact as CO2 has continued to rise temperatures have begun to drop. This was hidden too as it broke the pattern of their belief’. This is the scandal.The leaked emails and computer code prove that these guys misrepresented their data. Now using the pseudo-science, step in Al Gore as a front man for the Banksters and Fraudsters yes the same ones who hijacked our economy have also hijacked the environmental movement. They did this to push forward an agenda of cap-and-trade that will tax us for trillions of dollars. Al Gore and his partner David Blood, of Goldman Sachs fame, are set to be a carbon-swap middle men/brokers. They will make billions.Then you have CEO’s of big oil jumping on board why would they do this? Because with cap-and-trade they can increase pollution and declare themselves green at the same time.Take for example Marvin Odum, President of Shell Oil, who will invest millions in wind and solar farms. The low carbon footprint will yield these ventures an excess of carbon credits which Shell can use to apply against their oil production declaring them a green company while increasing emissions. He has advertised that they need to boost oil production by 50% to meet global demand. Without cap-and-trade he can’t have his cake and eat it too.Also if they do not get enough credits from their own initiatives they will be able to buy them from another company, with Al Gore making a commission as middleman. NOW THE KICKER: Finally the Marvin Odum’s of the world, the Oligarchs, Al Gore, David Blood, Goldman Sachs, the whole financial sector are calling for Carbon Derivatives to spawn a whole new industry. They will be able to speculate on Carbon Futures and it will become a commodity just like oil. There is billions, if not trillions at stake.This is just one more chapter in the Casino Gulag Economy and I am surprised you and Max never caught this one. It all ties together.

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