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Archive for May, 2011

The Irony of Complaining about Boat People v2

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

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While watching Q&A two nights ago, the question of asylum seekers arriving by boat came up again; this time in response to the government’s announcement that it will be directing “irregular maritime arrivals” to Malaysia.

With both Labor and the Coalition now vying to pander to the least compassionate members of Australian society, I’ve had enough of this unfairness.  I’ve said it before, but I thought it was time to let this Tweet go again…

My aboriginal mate still defines “irony” as one wave of boat people complaining about another. #qanda
10:12 PM May 9th via TweetDeckMikeFitzAU Profile Picture
MikeFitzAU

Mike Fitzsimon

Within a few minutes, it was on the Q&A screen.

(Full video and transcript of the episode are avaliable on the Q&A website.)

Thanks for the RTs

Within minutes, the replies and re-tweets were filling my screen.  I was pleased to see this sentiment strike a chord with so many thinking Australians.

Irony Tweet

I was even more pleased to see the cross-section of society who responded positively.  Of course, I haven’t quizzed anybody, but a cursory glance at the Twitter profiles will reveal that the Australian sense of a “fair go” is embraced by people from all States, of all genders, all races, all religions - including “no” religion.

“Thanks for the RT” to @AdrianJSClark, @alexpagliaro, @alia_p, @Andy_Downunda, @anthonybaxter, @AugustusBrown, @awmau, @beaniidean, @beejeebus, @benrhughes, @BigRedRanter, @bkfitzgerald, @BlakandBlack, @brookemopolitan, @carrieav, @cheezle_, @chili_chai, @chris_stevenson, @claireh427, @cory_prowse, @creamcheeks, @danielnaumann, @darkdirk, @dclark_spc, @deanrcornish, @dontbother, @dontbother, @Drag0nista, @drhoctor2, @eatdrinkstagger, @ElliotG78, @ern_malleyscrub, @Ethnian, @evmcl, @frogpondsrock, @genomematt, @geofficate, @gmarsau, @greglow, @GustationGurl, @heidistella, @helime, @IanLoveridge, @Inyunay, @JayKaySan, @jayrad90, @John_Hanna, @johnsroad, @jonkudelka, @JUSTsalvos, @kateparrott, @KateSoutham, @kimworldwide, @laeger, @lagershins, @lauren_fatrice, @LazarusCato, @LisaOtotheD, @liz_baillie, @loretta7366, @mallonray, @melanged, @merinnan, @miranda18may, @MiranianDilemma, @Miss__Lovely, @mtats, @mudsurfer, @musingandthings, @mysskitn, @Naomiy007, @NehaMadhok, @NewyMichael, @nukolator, @omnesensual, @OrgasmicChef, @OzzieAli, @p_raph, @paulymaldini, @presidentdalby, @prettyychanel, @ptiggerdine, @puggle01, @PutUpAustralia, @ratkins, @RonaldMiz3n, @schoujar, @senthorun, @simehobbs, @SirBarnalot, @sirquack, @SleeplessNights, @Songlines_au, @srshti, @Steepstyle, @Steve_Hayes, @sueGCB, @sunili, @ThomasEGraham, @thomasking, @tirsen, @top_tw_politics, @top_tw_tech, @venessapaech, @whereisdaz, @whyallabaptist, @wolfcat, @yaaaaaaasmin and apologies to those I missed.

high performance, high throughput .NET

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

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Qld MSDN User GroupAt this month’s QMSDNUG meeting,
Joel’s Back!
Regulars will recall Joel Pobar’s excellent presentations on F#, particularly using it to relate disparate datasets.  His low key, casual style belies the cutting-edge nature of the work he does.  Now that he has had opportunities to put it all into commercial practice, Joel is ready to share his experience.

Joel Pobar:
some high performance, high throughput .NET stuff he’s been working on with an “unnamed Investment Bank”

“From a clock cycle, to the loading and running of a managed .NET assembly over multiple CPU cores: come and have a bit of fun exploring the binary world of CPU caches, bus bandwidth, and instruction sets, abstracting right through to code execution, JIT compilation and managed execution.  We’ll cobble all this together and walk through some high performance, high throughput scenarios borrowed from the finance domain.”

About Joel Pobar
Joel describes himself as a .NET nerd and F# evangelical.  Learn more at his blog, callvirt.net/blog/.

Date: Tuesday 17 May 2011
Time: 17:30 for 18:00, finishing approx 19:30
Location: Microsoft Brisbane office, Level 28, 400 George St, Brisbane.  Note our new meeting location; watch the QMSDNUG website for details of new entry/security requirements.

RSVP
All welcome. Bring your colleagues.
If you haven’t already done so, an immediate rsvp by email to mike@fitzsimon.com.au will help with planning.

These details are also on QMSDNUG’s website at www.qmsdnug.org.