Monthly Archives: July 2009

The SMH gets more numbers wrong

From the lifestyle section:

USING a solarium increases a person’s risk of developing melanoma by 15 per cent and the risk rises to 75 per cent for those who used them when they were younger than 30, a major review has found.

I suspect that the melanoma rate among under 30s sunbed users isn’t 75%, and what [...]

Functional Programming on Android

I’ve integrated CAL with a variety of Java based frameworks/environments: Tapestry, GWT and Google AppEngine for instance.

Recently someone asked on the CAL Google Group whether CAL programs could run on Android mobile devices. Android doesn’t use a standard JVM, it uses Dalvik, and it provides a subset of the normal JRE library.

I have put together [...]

Innumeracy in the SMH

From an article in today’s SMH:

The State Transit Authority’s own figures show the number of people travelling without a ticket or with the incorrect ticket has shot up by more than 40 per cent in the past year.

Is this true? Unfortunately it’s contradicted by the very next paragraph:

From March 1 to May 31, 2008, officers [...]