di 14 juni 2016

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In any comparative discussion about programming languages, the probability that the conversation will mention Brainfuck or INTERCAL approaches 1 over time.

(Based on years of empirical evidence as a scientist, programmer and unix hacker.)

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za 20 december 2014

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Say you have invented “the next big thing”, e.g. the next C, the next operating system, the next processor, and hope your thing will shine, masses will come to it and you will be forever famous.

You will invest money, time, the best engineering expertise you can get, to ...

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di 07 oktober 2014

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Every now and then a scientist should step back from his specialization and reflect in the entire research domain around him/her. What are the big, hard problems in my general area of research? I can see a couple:

  1. Privacy and data retention: we must discover and learn how to ...
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zo 14 september 2014

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For the last 4 years I have been growing dissatisfied with the quality and contents of the BSc programs in informatics in the Netherlands. So as the engineer inside me requires, I have also thought hard to find a (putative) solution. This is the result.

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Two components: Foundations of ...

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zo 10 november 2013

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Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet.—-Agent Smith, The Matrix

One morning I woke up suddenly at 4am. A dream brought me An Idea, and I could not shake it away. As the hours went by, I became convinced it would make a crazy yet quite ...

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vr 18 oktober 2013

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I need to pick a programming language to prototype some initial ideas for my next research project, an interactive shell to program and control lightweight process networks. I initially started with Python, but I stumbled into the need for efficient and concise pattern matching on tree-like data structures, which Python ...

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wo 04 september 2013

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Here are some resources I found useful on the topics of teaching, writing and presenting.

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do 01 augustus 2013

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Ivan Godard from Out-of-the-Box Computing is currently touring the US talking about his Mill CPU architecture, based on a new machine model called the “Belt”. I just finished watching the 2nd talk on the machine model and its realization in the processor’s micro-architecture.

OotB’s contribution is a machine ...

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za 29 juni 2013

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Ever since I defended my thesis in September 2012, a thought had been left lingering in the epilogue of my book: that computing systems architects and designers are currently incentivized by market effects to build mostly “closed” systems that are annoying to tinker with. Besides a few exceptions like Raspberry ...

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do 06 juni 2013

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The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.—-William L. Bragg

There are different types of scientific writings.

Some report on inventions: a concrete problem without known previous solution is described, then a solution is proposed ...

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