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State Dept. Bureau Spent $630k On Facebook 'Likes'

GrEp Way low (99 comments)

That's way low. A lot of State employees have personal FB accounts where they post material similar to what would be on the embassy account. Add those in and the ROI for engagement is probably much higher.

about a year and a half ago

Targeted Attacks Focus On Economic Cyberterrorism

GrEp China or Japan? (73 comments)

The Chinese and Japanese can both do a lot of shenigans with their US treasury reserves.

1) Blanket the market and buy as many call options as you can.
2) Announce that your treasury is dumping 100% of it's US treasuries, and you will only take hard assets or Euro as payment.
3)Stock prices now soar on inflation.
4)Exercise all your call options.
5)Blanket the market and buy as many put options as you can.
6)Announce that you have decided not to sell your US treasuries after all as the bids "weren't as high as you expected"
7)Stock prices plunge on deflation.
8)Exercise all your put options.
9) GOTO 1

more than 4 years ago

US Plans Cyber Shield For Private Companies and Utilities

GrEp Re:If they did it correctly, it would help. (178 comments)

You can't anonymize it. Any information given with enough detail to be useful is many times more than enough to reconstruct the relation of "anonymized" data points.

more than 4 years ago

Petaflops? DARPA Seeks Quintillion-Flop Computers

GrEp They should give Shaw some dough (185 comments)

They should buy a data center and fill it with D. E. Shaw's special purpose hardware for doing particle simulations: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton_(computer) , and instead of proposing grants for new software development, propose grants to keep the data center's queue full of interesting chemical simulations to run.

more than 4 years ago

Verizon Hints At Scrapping Unlimited Data Plans

GrEp Re:Rate Cap (319 comments)

Marketing campaign I am thinking guy with a bucket or water hose going at a pretty good clip. Some line concerning the need for something high bandwith like downloading the full Lord of the Rings trilogy off of Netflix, then guy clicks the menu option for 4G and some huge dude with a much bigger bucket or hose douses the guy.

more than 4 years ago

Verizon Hints At Scrapping Unlimited Data Plans

GrEp Rate Cap (319 comments)

Verizon should go two tier and rate cap. You get unlimited at 3G bandwidth, and then pay separate for data over so many GB when you have your phone in full bandwidth mode. One easy menu option, everybody stays happy.

more than 4 years ago

Quant AI Picks Stocks Better Than Humans

GrEp Two sides to a trade (446 comments)

There are two sides to a trade. By sending a buy signal this raises the stock price, so any sellers coming in right after get the benefit of a higher sale, even though they might not have any new information. It might mess up other day trading bots, but when it comes to stocks buyer beware.

more than 4 years ago

The Space Garbage Scow, ala Cringely

GrEp Weapon (221 comments)

Cringely does realize if he replaces the word "garbage" with "another nation's military satellites" this is going to get a lot of DARPA funding :p

more than 5 years ago

Toshiba To OEM Laptops With OpenSolaris

GrEp Valgrind (226 comments)

Port Valgrind and I would probably start using OpenSolaris for development. I have it running under VirtualBox right now, kind of nice.

more than 6 years ago

Losing My Software Rights?

GrEp Just post it (440 comments)

Just post the source to the public domain. The ACLU will be down their throats in a second if they try to stop you. Make sure to post some research results of the software along with it to make it clearly a documentation of a machine experiment you have conducted, and thus fair use.

If you want to use it as proprietary you are probably up a creek.

more than 6 years ago

Royal Society of Chemistry Slams UK Exam Standards

GrEp Classic chem needs to die.. (408 comments)

Classically taught chemistry needs to die. The wrote memorization of odd latin names and electron algebra is worthless. Just go through the periodic table showing the cool properties of the separate elements, demonstrate the types of bonds, classic reactions, useful materials, and then go into computational chemistry.

//Does computational chemistry for a living.
//Never took a college chem course outside of a one semester "Chemistry for the Informed Citizen"

more than 6 years ago


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