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A 267-page draft declaration of U.S. nuclear facilities to the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency International Atomic Energy Agency was accidentally posted on-line Monday by the US Government Printing Office.  As part of U.S. obligations under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, a declaration of must be made of the programs and locations of facilities that store enriched uranium and other materials used in nuclear weapons.

According to a story in the Washington Post, the information was removed after about a day. However, there is a fear that the information in the draft declaration, which includes "maps of facilities showing the locations of stockpiles of fuel for nuclear weapons at those facilities", according to the WSJ, could be valuable to terrorists or others.

US officials called the disclosure a "mistake" but also that it posed "grave concern."

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Why Functional Programming Should Be the Future of Software Development

It’s hard to learn, but your code will produce fewer nasty surprises

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You’d expectthe longest and most costly phase in the lifecycle of a software product to be the initial development of the system, when all those great features are first imagined and then created. In fact, the hardest part comes later, during the maintenance phase. That’s when programmers pay the price for the shortcuts they took during development.

So why did they take shortcuts? Maybe they didn’t realize that they were cutting any corners. Only when their code was deployed and exercised by a lot of users did its hidden flaws come to light. And maybe the developers were rushed. Time-to-market pressures would almost guarantee that their software will contain more bugs than it would otherwise.

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