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JPMorgan Chase Spends $500 Million On a Data Center

erbbysam How is this necessary? (275 comments)

"We were a port of safety in the storm."
“It’s a free. Fucking. Country.”

This article really makes me angry. Who does this support other than the IT industry that supplies them with 500 Million in servers, networking equipment & infrastructure?
What is this data center going to do? A grad student could design a decent database system for trades and banking. So they now have a 500 million $ data center, are they now going to use that scrape a few more milliseconds off there HFT's or the associated algorithm's? Are they going to figure out the optimal market strategy to beat there competitors? They can't possibly have enough data to fill something like that, so it has to computation power, right?

How does this contribute to society other than support an electric company? Don't give me liquidity bullshit.

Separate your banking from investing and then we can talk about how "banks" like this isn't a plague on society. /rant

more than 2 years ago

Australian Company Promises Switching Hardware With Sub-130ns Latency

erbbysam Re:HFT Should be illegal (77 comments)

A penny per share tax is a buck on a round lot trade of 100 shares to kill HFTs. The problem is I don't lose a buck to HFTs but I would lose a buck to the govt. Its just a cheesy stealth taxation plan. Blame the HFTs, rich people suck, horray for the 99% we're gonna destroy HFTs, but the only real end result is the govt takes more of my money. So a transaction tax is a great way to cause a couple orders of magnitude more damage to the economy than HFTs could theoretically ever cause.

Who's to say this money would go to the government? Don't exchanges need to pay huge amounts of money for infrastructure to support this activity? Also, isn't there a clear segregation between "normal" traffic and this high speed traffic?

This still doesn't explain the fixation on killing HFTs. So they get a "sin" tax. On what sin, exactly? nobody knows.

Because financial engineering has just been so beneficial to society... /s

WRT increasing transaction volume to make more than $1000... Remember that superman movie where Richard Pryor took all the fractional cents out of everyone paycheck, put them in a pile, and kept that substantial amount? Well HFT is like that in trades where a bunch of competing HFTs fight each other to, on long term average, determine the sub-cent price of a share priced in cents, and then, essentially, the HFT who skims off the least amount on top of the sub cent slice beats the greedier HFTs and keeps the extra skim. Well, in the movie, if Richard Pryor wanted more money, he'd have to make more transactions, make more paychecks. But Mr Pryor doesn't get to decide how many times paychecks are written per month (Weekly checks? Daily checks?), or how many people are employed... This tired old hollywood plot was recycled into Office Space, and probably many more movies. There's only like 50 movies, endlessly redone.

Ya ya ya, we all know the old skimming scheme that's become possible because of electronics controlling money. Just because there is a way to manipulate a system, doesn't make it a good thing. 21 is a good (blackjack)movie, but will still get you thrown out of a casino. There's nothing to say that these HFT's aren't skimming money from regular investors and vice-versa. That said though, why does the market exist in the first place? It's not for a bunch of machines to race to the penny.

Think about making a competitive system to determine the sub cent fractional price of shares traded at cent rounded prices. Read the wikipedia article below. You pretty much end up reinventing HFT.

Instead of sending me to a generic NP-Hard problem, I find this - far more interesting. Particularly the part where these machines submit orders and then instantly cancel them in order to find how high/low the market's machines are willing to go. I'm sure there is some very complicated algorithms(combination of networking and math) that go into finding the optimal way to beat others at this game...

I like the idea of a lot of competing HFTs from a lot of companies fighting each other in a race to the bottom to rip me off the least. Worst case is we damage the HFT ecosystem just enough that two companies get all the fractional skim and have no limits on greed because the government helpfully destroyed all the competition for them. Yes. That would be bad.

I do agree that the current competition scheme is better than an artificially created monopoly. I'm just confused why the HFT market needs to exist in the first place. Liquidity could come in from other ways(I believe). If not a tax(maybe not to the government) on only HFT, then why not a random delay (like say 10 second average)? Wouldn't that preserve the market while removing any possible gain that could be made this millisecond?

We (as a country) always make the worst possible decision, so this is probably what we'll implement.

Careful now, your republican is showing

more than 2 years ago

Australian Company Promises Switching Hardware With Sub-130ns Latency

erbbysam Re:HFT Should be illegal (77 comments)

Wouldn't a penny "transactions fee" or "tax" solve this issue instead of just pushing it further down the line? Also, what's to stop somebody from doing even more transactions to make that $1000 into a much larger number?

more than 2 years ago

Australian Company Promises Switching Hardware With Sub-130ns Latency

erbbysam Re:HFT Should be illegal (77 comments)

The easiest way to "get rid of" HFT is to fix decimalization. Back when we traded on eights thats too wide to make money on a HFT strategy, and if we allowed millionth of a penny trading quotes that would narrow bid/ask resulting in too little money generated by HFT. Decimalization seems to be almost the perfect pricing system to result in massive HFT strategies, so if you really hate HFT (and WHY?) then just fix the pricing structure so its not profitable anymore. Rather than playing games with legal enforcement of favored or disfavored behavior, simply make disfavored behavior unprofitable. I suppose the opposite solution of going big would work just as well, fine we'll only trade stocks on dollar values now no fractions of a dollar.

Don't forget that it was possible to game they system in different ways when they traded on fractions. Changing the decimal system seems a bit overkill(also, I'm still a bit confused how that wouldn't create further issues?) when a small tax on ultrafast trades/a small delay on the stock exchange end would solve the problem created by these HFT machines.

more than 2 years ago

NASA Downgrades Asteroid-Earth Collision Risk

erbbysam Re:Comparing different ratios... (244 comments)

But 1 million is such a large number that it couldn't possibly happen! They should have just used 22 in 1 million to begin with...

more than 4 years ago

The Myths of Security

erbbysam Re:Myths of Security? (216 comments)

Your comment isn't very intelligible. Are you confusing cryptography with computer security, perhaps?

I know they are two separate topics (albeit related to some extent), I was just kinda generalizing that there is always a flaw in the system, obviously a buffer overflow doesn't have anything to do with cryptography... and I forgot to hit the "Post Anonymously" button.

about 5 years ago

The Myths of Security

erbbysam Myths of Security? (216 comments)

There are no myth's of security, just the myth of security itself. Modern computer security is based on the fact that their are algorithms that no one knows how to reverse quickly. Doesn't mean that they can't be reversed however...

about 5 years ago

Microsoft Hardware Demos Pressure-Sensitive Keyboard

erbbysam ANGRY!!! (212 comments)

EXCELLENT, NOW THE WORLD WILL KNOW HOW ANGRY I AM WITH 8 BIT PRECISION!!!!! (/. rejected this comment until I added this in parenthesis )

more than 5 years ago

Mind-Blowing Interfaces On Display At SIGGRAPH 2009

erbbysam Re:mind-blowing (173 comments)

This being /. it's pretty likely he doesn't know. Unfortunately, it's entirely beyond my writing ability to describe getting blown.

Didn't you just describe it?
...being chastised for not having experienced something related to intercourse on /. is...well...interesting...

more than 5 years ago

Mind-Blowing Interfaces On Display At SIGGRAPH 2009

erbbysam mind-blowing (173 comments)

I don't really want a display that will cause an explosion in my mind, I'm kinda attached to it...

more than 5 years ago

California Student Arrested For Console Hacking

erbbysam Re:Really? (1016 comments)

That statement does not pertain specifically to mod chips or software, but is a general statement about such goods.

Hardware, batteries, etc that are counterfeit can and have caused injury and death. Counterfeit medicine, vitamins, and supplements have caused sickness and death. Counterfeit toys and children's clothing contain dangerous chemicals, lead based paint, are missing flame retardants, or are made of flammable material.

Absolutely counterfeit good are bad for the market and for public health, but what he was arrested for ("felony tinkering" not for attempting to misrepresent his product as the real thing) will always lead to cries of absurdity.

more than 5 years ago

Possible Meteorite Imaged By Opportunity Rover

erbbysam Turns out... (82 comments)

Turns out that Opputunity spotted this metorite in space. Heading towards earth. That is all.

more than 5 years ago

Apple Tries To Gag Owner of Exploding iPod

erbbysam Re:Surprises me this doesn't happen more often (475 comments)

This was something that was discussed in Bruce Schnier discussed in his book ( ). Preventing people from taking liquid onto an airplane is just going to end up with more booze sales and anybody who truly wants to get a liquid onto an airplane for horrible reasons is still going to be very difficult to stop.

more than 5 years ago

11-Word Extracts May Infringe Copyright In Europe

erbbysam (C) (132 comments)

The European Court of Justice, Europe's highest court, has ruled that... nuts

more than 5 years ago

How Wolfram Alpha's Copyright Claims Could Change Software

erbbysam O Really? (258 comments)

Just to have some fun...
printf("your mother");
printf("(C) 2009");

This post is "(C) 2009" because I am a computer... any attempts to quote or respond to this post will require written permission by my creator.

... seriously

more than 5 years ago

IBM Seeks Patent On Digital Witch Hunts

erbbysam paraphrase (136 comments)

I was going to say that I am going to patent paraphrasing as a technique for circumventing this technology, but then I remembered that would a violation of the DMCA...

more than 5 years ago

Bars' Scanning of ID Violates BC Privacy Laws

erbbysam Re:Interesting Comparison to Online Privacy (198 comments)

Aren't the bar patrons voluntarily supplying their personal information when they hand their ID over to the bouncer with a scanner?

You cannot get into the bar in most cases without handing it over to be scanned. To reference the comparison to online privacy, you do not need to provide your driver license number (or anything personal info) to FB to "get in". Also, FB, in a perfect world, would be be able to use that information to help you relate to people, while all the bar is using it for is to log people's activities. /.'ers probably don't like the idea of being tracked by non-voluntarily databases, not the idea of voluntarily handing over information.

more than 5 years ago



Net Neutrality: National Defense vs. Copyrights?

erbbysam erbbysam writes  |  more than 6 years ago

erbbysam writes "As Ars Technica reported, Comcast is getting into some trouble with the FCC for using Sandvine and "slowing down" packets to help manage there bandwidth. One of the many ligimate applications that are effected by this throttling is Vuze, a P2P operation for content publishers, and they recommend, on both their website and Ars Technica, that users use just enough encryption to bypass any filtering technologies such as Sandvine. With AT&T getting into the filtering business, spurred by MPAA, there's never been a better time for totally encrypted traffic to reach the masses, not just the security paranoid.

As more and more average users recognize and hear about the backbone ISP's efforts to try and hamper there web traffic, everybody will start to look for means around this, and the most obvious one right now is encryption, which raises an interesting question about the government: Where are they through all of this? The government has shown a history of being anti-encryption since it's modern form was invented in the 70's because it limits data wiretaps ability to fully function. They obviously are using the ISP's to spy on us, so wouldn't that care that there is a current push to get all traffic encrypted on the internet, specifically for national defense and interception of terrorist communications. If the FCC and the government push out a net neutrality bill than that would quickly end all talk of encryption and the US could continue it's communications spying. But if they don't, and let ISP's listen to major corporations such as the RIAA and MPAA than we're going to see a significant increase in encrypted traffic than what we're already seeing.

Using this logic you can make the case that net neutrality can be simplified down to whether or not the US government truly cares about national defense and defending us, or is in bed with xxAA."

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