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The team behind the Haskell interpreter 'Hugs' have (after numerous months of hard labor), released the beta version of Hugs Millennium Edition. 'Hugs Me' is the first in a new line of Haskell based systems aimed at influencing those yet to experience the functional programming phenomenon. With the aim of conveying this friendly language to this yet untapped market, the launch will be given the go-ahead under the slogan, "Don't hug that, Hugs ME!"

When questioned at the recent launch of Microsoft's Windows XP operating system, Bill Gates refused to comment, simply stating that Functional Programming was devised by a, "... load of binary tree Huggers!".

Contributed by Tom