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a continent of orphans

[From The Economist] AIDS in Africa:

Just as the bubonic plague upturned the social order in medieval Europe, AIDS will reshape Africa. But how?
[...] Among the many ways that AIDS is destabilising the continent, perhaps the most worrying is the exploding population of orphans. Those who die of AIDS often leave children behind, most of whom are not infected. Counting all those under 15 years who have lost at least one parent, Africa already had 34m orphans last year. By the end of the decade, that is predicted to rise to 42m, half because of AIDS.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on November 28, 2002 at 11:50 PM

face/off

Not just another hollywood action-flick idea, from CNN: Face transplants not just science fiction.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on November 28, 2002 at 11:23 PM

women and weblogs

An article from today's New York Times.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on November 28, 2002 at 5:05 PM

why the war plans are public

Scott Rosenberg speculates on why the US's administration war plans for Iraq are being distributed through the media as if it was something 'normal'. Right on the mark.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on November 28, 2002 at 2:24 AM

evolutionary design

[Via Gary]: An interview with Martin Fowler on Evolutionary Design. Excerpt:

With evolutionary design, you expect the design to evolve slowly over the course of the programming exercise. There's no design at the beginning. You begin by coding a small amount of functionality, adding more functionality, and letting the design shift and shape.
[...] most people have encountered evolutionary design in an unconstrained and ill-disciplined environment and it doesn't work. You end up with a crappy design. And that's one reason why people gravitate towards planned design.
But [...] extreme programming's practices of continuous integration, testing, and refactoring actually make evolutionary design work, and more effectively than planned design. Planned design's weakness is that creating a well-planned design is actually really tough.

Exactly. And speaking of evolutionary design, alpha-1.5 of spaces is now available for download. :)

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on November 28, 2002 at 2:18 AM

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