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James Watson's Nobel Prize Goes On Auction This Week

TheMathemagician Re:Is it true... (355 comments)

Yes but North Africa was populated from the Middle East and Europe. They didn't cross the Sahara to get there.

about three weeks ago
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Buying Goods To Make Nuclear Weapons On eBay, Alibaba, and Other Platforms

TheMathemagician Re:If so damn many people are making nukes (260 comments)

Isn't it as simple as two sub-critical hemispheres? A delivery mechanism isn't necessary - just rent an apartment in whichever major city you want to frag. Could someone put some figures on how easy it would be? How much solution of some uranium salt spun for how long in how many centrifuges? And how many such centrigues would fit in one apartment?

about a month and a half ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

TheMathemagician Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (786 comments)

We already all know the reason. Far fewer women than men have the sort of analytical yet elegant way of thinking required to be a good coder. That answer is politically untenable and so we waste time on finding spurious non-reasons.

about 2 months ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

TheMathemagician Re:The "City of London" - A Lawless Square Mile (302 comments)

The Guardian is the biggest tax dodger in the UK as it's owned by an off-shore trust precisely to avoid paying tax.

about 3 months ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

TheMathemagician Re:The "City of London" - A Lawless Square Mile (302 comments)

(1)-(3) just amount to the Corporation of London (the City council) having a different system of voting to other city councils (which are based on personal residency). As the City's resident population is about 7,000 but 300,000 work there, and it's the most important area in the country financially, the system of giving companies a vote makes some sense. Would it really be democratic for a handful of low income voters (several population areas in the City are social housing for those on benefits) to make the rules for the economic heart of the UK? (4) So what? Parliament has numerous special advisers (Spads) paid from public funds who carry out party political activities. Far more disgraceful IMO. (5) Of course the City has political input into to the tax process but they still pay the same taxes as everyone else.

about 3 months ago
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Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

TheMathemagician Re:Largest Ponzi Scheme Ever (113 comments)

Imagine watching a successful surfer and then claiming that, as he hasn't studied Meteorology, Fluid Dynamics or Oceanography, the height of the waves is almost entirely disconnected from the underlying sea level. He's just a short-term momentum player riding the random froth on the waves. The stock market is completely unaffected by these traders just as sea-level is unaffected by surfers.

about 3 months ago
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Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

TheMathemagician Re:See mom? (113 comments)

He probably made ~50 bps pre-tax then which is pretty solid. I think 10-20 bps is considered normal in the FX world (although they have larger notionals). He isn't trading with a few hundred million dollars. He's a "day trader" or in his case more of a "minute trader". He'll be flat every day and be constantly going in and out of stocks making dozens of trades a day trying to cut losses immediately and let profits run. I'm guessing he's a very short-term momentum player and his individual trades mightly "only" be around $100,000 but he'll be putting on a flurry of them as the price moves his way and covering himself with stops.

about 3 months ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

TheMathemagician Re:The "City of London" - A Lawless Square Mile (302 comments)

You missed out the Freemasons, Rothschilds and giant shape-shifting lizards. It's depressing that you've been modded Insightful. The City of London is subject to the same laws as the rest of England and is not a tax haven.

about 3 months ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

TheMathemagician Re:The over-65's swung it for No (474 comments)

He's just one (very rich) guy but he only pays for the polls. They are conducted by professionals pollsters and have a good reputation for accuracy.

about 3 months ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

TheMathemagician Re:The over-65's swung it for No (474 comments)

But the SNP already shifted the goalposts by allowing 16-17 year olds to vote (knowing they'd be big YES voters) even though voting age in the UK is 18. They even got the year 2014 selected as it's the 700th anniversary of Bannockburn. You rigged the game in your favour and STILL lost quite clearly, now is the time to STFU.

about 3 months ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

TheMathemagician Re:Free Willy! (474 comments)

You know that jus primae noctis has been abolished, right? Scotland is already free. They are part of the free country which is the UK. They vote for members of the Parliament in London and have their own Scottish Assembly. The YES vote blew it by failing to have any plan for the currency and stubbornly insisting they could join the EU when the message from Brusells was quite clearly ... no, you can't, not for years, and not until you renounce all the special treatment the UK squeezed out.

about 3 months ago
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City of London Police Take Down Proxy Service Over Piracy Concerns

TheMathemagician Re:Lowdown on City of London Corp. (133 comments)

I think you missed out a bit about giant shape-shifting lizards and Freemasons.

about 4 months ago
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City of London Police Take Down Proxy Service Over Piracy Concerns

TheMathemagician Re:Nor Private Police (133 comments)

It is elected by the people. Every resident of the City has a vote. However given the fact that the number of residents is completely dwarfed by the numbers who commute in each day companies are also awarded votes depending on their number of employees. The company I work for dished these out to volunteers who appear on the Ward registers and can vote in elections. Obviously they could appoint stooges but I know one of the electors and he has never been put under any pressure to vote a particular way.

about 4 months ago
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City of London Police Take Down Proxy Service Over Piracy Concerns

TheMathemagician Re:Fascist justice (133 comments)

The City of London is not London. It's roughly equivalent to the old walled medieval City and is now mainly a financial district 'The Square Mile'.

about 4 months ago
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City of London Police Take Down Proxy Service Over Piracy Concerns

TheMathemagician Re:Corporate Cops, eh? (133 comments)

It's very common in Britain for suspects to be arrested by one police force and questioned by another. Obviously cases are usually handled according to the location of the presumed crime but for something not specific to a particular location then theoretically any police force could handle it.

about 4 months ago
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City of London Police Take Down Proxy Service Over Piracy Concerns

TheMathemagician Re:We need to take back sovereignty of the City (133 comments)

Of course the City of London is part of the UK. It has elections to its council as do all town councils. It has its own police force, as do many English counties.

about 4 months ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

TheMathemagician Re:According to this test... (267 comments)

I've always thought I had better than average colour perception and got zero (perfect) on this easily enough. I need a test designed for people with perfect colour vision.

about 4 months ago

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Secret door design

TheMathemagician TheMathemagician writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheMathemagician (2515102) writes "We've all seen movies where pressing a special wooden panel or pulling a book from the shelf reveals a secret passage. I'm in the early stages of designing a house and must confess a geek attraction to the idea of a hidden room. Can Slashdot suggest suitable mechanisms for a secret door, possibly doubling as the entrance to a 'panic room'?

Some desirable features: The opening method should not be easily discoverable or likely to be found by chance. The door must not be able to be prevented from opening from the outside, however the inside should have some locking method to prevent entry. The door must be able to resist reasonable force when barred from the inside. The mechanism must be fail-safe so that in the event of a mechanical or power failure anyone inside can always still get out, but anyone locked out should not be able to get in."
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Software usage statistics package?

TheMathemagician TheMathemagician writes  |  about 3 years ago

TheMathemagician (2515102) writes "I work as part of a team which maintains a C++/C# library which is used within the company and occasionally outside it. We would like to add usage statistics so that we can see who is using the library, how often, and even which functions are called. Is there any existing software that can provide this breakdown? Bear in mind that the library cannot assume real-time connectivity with any central server/database but a periodic transmission of usage stats is fine."

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