Functional programmer, Perl hacker, FPGA/GPU/Manycore researcher, Professor in Computing Science at Glasgow University he/they wim_v12e@cybre.space

Glasgow, UK
Joined July 2009
On the for need low-carbon, #sustainable #computing. "By 2040 emissions from computing alone will be close to half the emissions level acceptable to keep global warming below 2°C. This growth in computing emissions is unsustainable." dcs.gla.ac.uk/~wim//low-carb… #ClimateEmergency
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Crucial piece by @GretaThunberg calling out countries for cheating the math when it comes to their *actual* emissions. UK stats: 🛢️ produces 570m barrels of oil & gas/year 🏗️ plans to extract 4.4bn oil & gas barrels 🏭 among 10 biggest emitters in history theguardian.com/commentisfre…
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If you are interested in improving customer experience, please check out this book: "The Most Rewarding Way to Improve Profitability — How to create excellent customer experiences" All proceeds go to homelessness charity @Cyrenians1968 strategic-consulting.scot/bo…
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CRACKING FORMULA OF MODERNA—The @WHO has hired an African company as part of a $100 million plan to figure out how to make an mRNA #COVID19 vaccine that is as close as possible to the version by Moderna—because @moderna_tx refuses to help!! Awesome—🧵 npr.org/sections/goatsandsod…
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Priorities.
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My Termgraph invited talk is now online. I talk about how to use abstract syntax graphs to derive abstract machines and to reason diagrammatically about code. It shouldn't be too technical. invidious.fdn.fr/watch?v=9_atJFkP…
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There’s so much talk about global warming that it’s easy to overlook what a colossal achievement climate science *itself* is. I wrote about the insight that, earlier this month, made Suki Manabe the first climatologist to win a Nobel Prize in Physics: theatlantic.com/science/arch…
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Take in these numbers: By 2030, the world’s nations are planning to produce 240% more coal, 57% more oil and 71% more natural gas than would be needed to avert catastrophic warming. by @bradplumer nytimes.com/2021/10/20/clima…
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Zuck really still thinks he's some kind of hero protagonist in this story
Facebook is planning to rebrand the company with a new name; CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to be known for building the metaverse. via @verge theverge.com/2021/10/19/2273…
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As I am sick of saying. It is not about what I want or think should happen. There are real limits to growth. Continue with this delusion of infinite growth in a finite world, and we will just eventually see the total collapse of our civilization.
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This cartoon sums up the media response to the UK government's (woefully inadequate) net zero plans announced today.
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Coding is more about communicating than computing. New data: the best predictor of how quickly people learned to code wasn't math or cognitive ability, but language aptitude. Math skill was almost irrelevant. Coding is mastering a language, not numbers. nature.com/articles/s41598-0…
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People think code is like math, and that it's all about telling computers what to do. But in reality code is more like language, and its main purpose is telling *other humans* what you want the computers to do. Sometimes yourself in the future is "other humans."
What is the biggest misconception people have about the kind of work that you do?
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.@jnthnwrthngtn started @VMIL2021 with an exciting keynote on MoarVM, a runtime for the Raku programming language!
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I'm in the @nytimes today, talking about how the British government is greenwashing its reputation as a climate leader. Approving new fossil fuels, bungling climate diplomacy, failing on climate finance - all of it warming the planet, masked by warm words nytimes.com/2021/10/19/opini…
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When the govt says "Tough winter" they mean they are going to let lots of people get ill and make the NHS staff suffer because they don't have the guts to impose some sensible restrictions.
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so 49K cases in UK today. Government says "Tough times ahead". No shit - and it did NOT have to be this way. Booster & teen vax acceleration needed urgently alongside some basic mitigations *now*. @ShaunLintern is heroically covering NHS despair
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