January 13, 2007

Compsoc Stuff

So last night I went to the compsoc exec meeting. At which three exec members turned up, one of whom was unelected. There was a huge job list, most of which items haven’t been done. I had preemptively emailed the exec list in order to say I was coming along to talk about communications with WUGLUG. This state of affairs poses several questions:

1. Why the hell was attendance so low? Especially when only limited reasons for missing the event could be cited.
2. How the hell are WUGLUG supposed to communicate with the compsoc exec when the liaison officer isn’t in the vicinity and the majority of exec members don;t turn up to meeting when you have said that you want to talk to them?
3. When you advertise an event a considerable amount of time in advance and another member of the same society organises another event, at the same time as yours what can you do?

It was publically discussed, including with members of the exec committee, the message was clearly not passed on, and when I went to talk to them about the breakdown in communications, not at a WUGLUG meeting but at a compsoc exec meeting the people I needed to talk to weren’t there.

Since the compsoc newsletters tend not to reflect any of the hard, and interesting, stuff that is being done by wuglug members I’ll publicise them here.

1. Last night’s Xing turned into an all night hackathon where we made substantially progress to implementing the MAP higher order function in Java. lamby has an interesting blog entry with more details. This work will be continued and hopefully finished off tonight at Qing.

2. There’s probably going to be a trip to FOSDEM at the end of february. This is a Free Software Conference in Brussels and is very exciting.

3. Tim Retout has been working on taking the MightyD relational database and improving its codebase and functionality. Hopefully this will allow the product to be used as a complete Tutorial D implementation that can teach undergraduate students about truely relational databases.

4. Last term we attended Linuxworld down in London, despite general exec incompetence.

5. We have regular meetings, twice a week, with talks every other week.

If you are interested in trying GNU/Linux as an operating system, programing, personal freedom or generally having a chat with interesting people about these kind of issues, then details on what we are doing can be found on our website .


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