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Regarding timezones: I would rather live ...

gadders GMT, baby! (359 comments)

The original and best.

more than 2 years ago

Teachers, Students Fight To Be Facebook Friends

gadders FYI: He's a Democrat (286 comments)

I had to google the State Governor concerned to find out he was a Democrat. I'm sure that information would have been more prominent if he had been a Republican.

more than 2 years ago

Bill Gates Looks to Reinvent the Toilet

gadders An interesting book about Sanitation (471 comments)

If anyone is interested in Sanitation (possibly a niche topic, I realise) they could do worse than read The Big Necessity by Rose George.

It's amazing some of the things we take for granted in the West - for instance the teenage "untouchable" girls in India whose job is to literally scrape up other people's shit and dispose of it.

about 3 years ago

Requiring Algebra II In High School Gains Momentum

gadders Need Stats As Well (490 comments)

That way they won't confuse correlation with causation.

more than 3 years ago

TiVo To Brick All Remaining UK PVRs On June 1

gadders This is a shame.. (286 comments)

..I recently upgraded to Sky HD+, but other than that my Tivo was still perfectly usable (and very, very useful) after about 10 years of usage. Very, very rarely crashed - less than once per year and a much better UI than my new Sky box.

TBH, it's one of the most reliable pieces of hardware I've ever owned. I wish my PC, Phone, etc could be as reliable.

more than 3 years ago

Thrifty, Anonymous Benefactor Backs Up BBC Websites Before They Go Dark

gadders Re:More than 3.99 to keep running (159 comments)

I think you are violently agreeing with me.

more than 3 years ago

Thrifty, Anonymous Benefactor Backs Up BBC Websites Before They Go Dark

gadders Re:The BBC is hardly unbiased (159 comments)

But as Margaret Thatcher said, "The facts of life are Conservative."

more than 3 years ago

Thrifty, Anonymous Benefactor Backs Up BBC Websites Before They Go Dark

gadders Re:The BBC is hardly unbiased (159 comments)

Yes, that's why the right-wing party won the recent election.

And to conflate Murdoch or recognition of the BBC bias with the EDL is just assinine.

more than 3 years ago

Thrifty, Anonymous Benefactor Backs Up BBC Websites Before They Go Dark

gadders Re:The BBC is hardly unbiased (159 comments)

Agreed. The BBC is very left wing, and basically takes it's news agenda from the Guardian.

more than 3 years ago

Thrifty, Anonymous Benefactor Backs Up BBC Websites Before They Go Dark

gadders More than 3.99 to keep running (159 comments)

I have a couple of points to make:

1. People shouldn't assume that this means that shutting the websites would have only saved £3.99 from the BBC budget. Given large orgs and the cost mulitpliers for internally supported servers, it could well be tens of thousands of pounds per year.

2. Instead of people like Ben Goldacre boo-hooing and expecting the government (which the BBC is effectively an arm of) to save the sites, he could have shelled out the £4 and done it himself. Could it be that - GASP - sometimes governments aren't the best way to get things done? :-O

more than 3 years ago

What Happens to Australia's E-Waste

gadders Not a bad living.... (78 comments)

My neighbour runs a company that does WEEE (the European Electrical Recycling directive) recycling for a large area of the UK.

When the commodities boom was happening just before the Beijing Olympics, they were recycling electrical goods for free as they were making so much money on the reclaimed copper, gold etc.

Now that the metals prices have dropped, they charge the people that they are recycling for (councils, large corporates etc) so they still make money.

more than 3 years ago

Intel Buys McAfee

gadders Re:Worth every penny ... (377 comments)

I like slashdot a lot more when it was just real geeks with a clue, you know, before all the angsty idiots who happened to be socially inept and own a computer started calling it home as though they were geeks too.

Yeah, I can see how it would piss off old timers with single figure slashdot IDs like you.

more than 3 years ago

Gizmodo Blows Whistle On 4G iPhone Loser

gadders If I were Steve Jobs... (853 comments)

..I'd leave the guy in his job. Then when I do the official next gen iPhone launch and start the build up to announcing the details of the product, I'd then pause and say "Actually, I know someone who could do a better job than me at this. He got so much publicity last time..." and then bring on the tool of an engineer that lost the phone to help in the presentation.

Jobs looks good, Apple looks human, good publicity all round, and the engineer gets his career rehabilitated.

more than 4 years ago

Is Working For the Gambling Industry a Black Mark?

gadders It depends... (467 comments)

Somewhere like betfair, I would view positively. They're effectively a stock-exchange for sports.

Some of these flash-based games that encourage poor people to gamble their benefits? I'd personally find it hard to work for them, but wouldn't use it as a black mark in hiring decisions.

more than 4 years ago

Future of Financial Mathematics?

gadders A couple of things.... (301 comments)

1) Taleb has a bit of the stopped clock quality about him. Anyone saying "bad things will happen" is bound to be right sooner or later. Plus, his writing is the most self-indulgent wankfest ever.

2) I don't know whether you will choose financial maths or not, but Banks will always need people that can do "fancy" maths. Although some maths is out of favour, high-frequency (algo) trading is currently still popular, and making money.

more than 5 years ago

A Wikipedia Conspiracy and the Wall Street Meltdown

gadders Uncovered Put Option? (485 comments)

In other words, is this analogous to writing an uncovered put option?

more than 5 years ago


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