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Even though the Chinese government agreed to delay the mandatory shipment of Internet Green Dam filtering software, several PC manufacturers are anyway, including Taiwan's Acer and BenQ, Japan's Sony, and China's Haier and Lenovo Groups, the AP reports. Acer said that it had already packaged the software before the delay was announced, but others gave no reason for why they are shipping the software.

The AP story also reported that the Chinese government was still contemplating making the shipment of the filtering software mandatory.

Given how so many PC manufacturers caved in, the Chinese government must be secretly pleased and confident that it can make manufacturers dance to their tune.

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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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A plate of spaghetti made from code
Shira Inbar

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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