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The Calm before the storm


There is something very nice getting in early to work.

It's calm.

It's quite.

and the internet is pretty fast.

Should some cities have more power?

 •  Filed under Hungary, Atlas

In a lot of nations capital cities represent a larger percentage of wealth then their population.
Budapest is about 17% of Hungary's population but 70% of it's GDP growth.
Should that be represented in politics? in distribution of funds? in taxation? in priorities?

via The Atlas

Muslim immigrants and the fear campaign against them

 •  Filed under immigration, Hungary

On the second of October there will be referendum on whether the European Union can without the consent of the Hungarian Parliament place immigrants in Hungary. It’s without a doubt objectionable that such referendum can even be biding. Still, the referendum in going forward but it’s important to discuss a number of aspects of it.

First and foremost, if you were to visit the official referendum webpage, which is only available in Hungarian, then you would see an interesting image. It claims that over 7 years Hungary receives the equivalent of 1 million Forints in assistance per Hungarian. With an estimated population of 9.86 million that number seems small especially in light of the fact that the EU spent 6.620 billion Euros in Hungary in 2014. Nonetheless, the same image shows that the EU would penalise Hungary with 78 million forint for every immigrant not allowed to resettle in Hungary. This all means that if Hungary does not allow 126,411 immigrant to resettle in Hungary over a 7 year period then it would cancel out what we receive in founding from the EU, based on the image.
I’m going to just skip over the second image on the page which shows a number of no-go zones in Europe as well as an explanation what they are. You can read about why they are wrong here and here.

What I would like to talk about are the six new posters that the Government of Hungary are deploying for the referendum and an updated Pew Research page on 5 facts about Muslims in Europe. Importantly in highlights about less then 0.1% of the population of Hungary is Muslim. For comparison 7.5% of France’s, 5.8% of Germany’s and 4.8% of UK’s population is Muslim. These three countries also have the largest Muslim population by number 4.7 to 2.9 million in that order. They also share that less then 30% of the population in each of these countries has a unfavourable view of Muslims. Compare that to Hungary’s 72%. 76% also believe that refugees will increase the likelihood of terrorism. 82% believe that they are a burden for the country. In the UK it’s 52% and 46%, in France it’s 46% and 53% and in Germany it’s 61% and 31%.

You can look at these numbers and think it’s an East-West divide or number of asylums seekers are widely different or it could be for any number of reasons. You can see from Eurostat data that Germany received more then twice the amount of asylum seekers then Hungary, a border state. Those stats will also show you that Germany and Hungary reject roughly the same percent of applicants.

I think the answer lies in the Government constant PR campaign against immigrants. The six new posters, all starting with “Did you know?”, connect immigrants with terrorism and assaults on women, while bringing up large numbers such as more then 1.5 million immigrants arrived into the EU but it doesn't show that thats less then 1% of the EU population. It also competed interestingly to the 679,000 immigrants UK and Germany received in 2014, just from other EU member states.

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Swift on the server - Failure to install

 •  Filed under Swift, Development, WIP

One of the big reasons Swift can be (and hopefully will be) the first truly big programming language used in a wide array tasks, is that it's open source.

The second is that at only 2 years old it's already blowing up.

Even before this, the hook was that it was Apple's next programming language. If you are planning on making money in Apple's ecosystem you will need to use Swift very soon.
When Apple open sourced the language (made the source code available to the public) it gave it another big.

Swift is relatively easy to learn, although it takes time to master. The compiler works very well.

Simple language + good compiler + Apple's push = The Future

One of the early future possibilities of this technology is running Swift on servers, specifically as a web server.
The current up and coming web server language is Node.js. It uses the Javascript language (see the .js). It's uses Google's open source V8 javascript engine.

Can you see the pattern? Big tech company with open source tech = awesome.

Back to the Swift world. Here there is no Node.js yet, but a number of developers, groups and companies have sprung up to fill the void. The three most notable are:

  1. Perfect
  2. Vapor
  3. Kitura by IBM

I'm going to focus on the first 2.

Yesterday I've tried setting Vapor up but it didn't work for some reasons. The problem seems to be with the development snapshot...

So I'll download Xcode 8 Beta 1 now and continue when it's done.

To be continued...

#First Post

 •  Filed under firstPost

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