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Little-Known Programming Languages That Actually Pay

ggraham412 Re:Encrypt it all (242 comments)

I am sorry - this was meant for another thread. (I am so embarrassed!)

about three weeks ago
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Little-Known Programming Languages That Actually Pay

ggraham412 Encrypt it all (242 comments)

More reason to encrypt everything digital. Should just encrypt by default.

about three weeks ago
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2014: Hottest Year On Record

ggraham412 Go Nuclear (560 comments)

France went nuclear a long time ago, and they adopted it at a pace that if replicated around the world would cut C02 emissions to levels recommended by the IPCC. Nuclear energy is the only viable technology we have at the moment that can both reduce CO2 emissions meaningfully and avoid throwing an additional billions of people into poverty.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens

ggraham412 While we're on the subject... (292 comments)

Not handling hyphens, minus signs or whatever: it doesn't surprise me in the least.

Why don't eBook publishers use a typesetting system based on TeX or LaTeX? Good grief. I was formatting complex mathematical formulas and pretty printing them to Postscript and PDF before the lot of you were born. And not just text with mere hyphens.

Is there something I'm missing, or are eBooks a major step backwards in formatting? Really. I can't tell you how many computer science and mathematics eBooks I've returned to Amazon or B&N because of the sh***y formatting of code and math formulas. Not just when eBooks first came out, but on and on, year after year, and it doesn't get better. It strikes me as the laziness of corporations.

about a month ago
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GCHQ Warns It Is Losing Track of Serious Criminals

ggraham412 I thought the surveilance was about terrorism (229 comments)

I thought the enhanced NSA and GCHQ surveilance was about combating terrorism. Or is that rationale just given in the United States?

about a month ago
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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

ggraham412 A better experiment... (123 comments)

A better experiment would be to have participants choose to shock themselves or shock other people "for the greater good".

People are primed for all kinds of oppressive behavior as long as it doesn't hit them and if it makes them feel morally superior: true or false? Let's find out.

about 2 months ago
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The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

ggraham412 Re:Hiring managers perspective (574 comments)

I was taking it seriously and getting really steamed until I read this:

We can only pay $50,000 a year, but you get to work with really cutting edge technologies like Python!

Well played, sir. Well played.

about 3 months ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

ggraham412 Creationists... (1007 comments)

I honestly don't know why anyone cares. Let them believe whatever they want to believe, it doesn't affect me or my family.

about 3 months ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

ggraham412 The best way to promote critical thinking is... (553 comments)

... stop whacking people for thinking outside the box.

This implies a greater tolerance for dissenters, and more time to think critically on the job. You can't think critically about anything if you are so jammed up with work that you don't have time to take a break.

This has nothing to do with education reformers favorite whipping post: memorization. Good memorization skills actually help critical thinking because you don't have to suck time looking up obvious stuff you should already know.

about 3 months ago
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Comcast Confessions

ggraham412 I wonder when... (234 comments)

I wonder when customer service will start being more proactive by calling customers.

"Hello, this is Comcast. How may we upsell you?"

about 6 months ago
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Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

ggraham412 There need to be costs (349 comments)

There needs to be a cost for issuing overbroad DMCA takedown notices.

If a court finds out later that a company had no standing or no good reason to make a DMCA claim that resulted in a takedown, there should be statutory damages. Let's start at $10000 per infraction.

about 7 months ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

ggraham412 Supply and Demand. (538 comments)

At a time when tuition prices are rising faster than ever, why are we skimping on the most fundamental aspect of college?

Because many more able people want to teach than there are available positions.

about 7 months ago
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High Frequency Trading and Finance's Race To Irrelevance

ggraham412 Re:Proof the system works! (382 comments)

:-) Indeed, there's no one more devoted to keeping it real than those brilliant Harvard intellectuals.

about 8 months ago
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High Frequency Trading and Finance's Race To Irrelevance

ggraham412 Now that Lewis's 15 minutes are up... (382 comments)

...time to spam us all with another article on HFT.

it allowed the high frequency traders to peek at the ballots others were sending in to the newspaper before they arrived, in turn giving them the ability to cast their votes using information not yet available to the rest of the market.

Front running is not High Frequency Trading. The existence of front running is not an argument to limit "High Frequency Trading" any more than phishing is an argument to end high speed internet.

Until people can recognize the difference between front running (a biased ordering of particular market events) and high frequency trading (low latency response to available market data) then there really is no point in responding to this nonsense. Not as much fun as donning the tinfoil hat, I know...

about 8 months ago
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A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"

ggraham412 Mr. Kettle meets Mr. Pot (255 comments)

The manner in which the team members and project leader treat its weakest member is a symptom of the team culture, and a mark of its health. If you treat people well, they respond – and that always shows in the results you produce.

So let's pen an article referring to said weakest members as "idiots" and "dummies".

about 8 months ago
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Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

ggraham412 Re:better question... (355 comments)

If enough people do take that tradeoff, eventually you won't ever be able to buy an ad free Fridge for $2000 because they'll stop making them.

about 8 months ago
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Almost 100 Arrested In Worldwide Swoop On Blackshades Malware

ggraham412 Re:it is actually illegal (87 comments)

I did read the article and was wondering the same thing.

about 8 months ago
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SEC Chair On HFT: 'The Markets Are Not Rigged'

ggraham412 Rigged Market != HFT (303 comments)

As usual, tales of rigged markets and front running are equated with HFT, and modded up +5 by people who need to step back and take a deep breath. Please ponder the following points and think again.

1 Front running is what we call it when a market participant gets a peek at orders before they go to market. You could send your orders in on a post-it note on the back of a snail, and if that participant sees and acts on them before they go to market, that's still front running.

2 Flash trading is what we call it when an order is shown to a market participant for a brief moment of time before they go to market. Sounds like front running, right? Except that (at least for DirectEdge customers) you can flag your order to not be subject to flash trading. Why would anyone voluntarily subject their order to flash trading? Who knows - maybe they get a break in commission - the point is they can turn it off.

3 Rigging the market may also include self trading in an attempt to boost apparent volume at a price, or quoting prices you don't intend to be filled on to goose the market. Both of these practices are already illegal and well policed by the exchanges and the SEC.

4 The "liquidity" that everyone pooh-poohs is part of what makes things cost what they do. Introduce more bid-ask spread in the commodities markets, and the costs will go up for pretty much everything: bread, milk, gasoline, etc. HFT helps liquidity because it reduces the time for cheaper prices to percolate around the market.

5 HFT is there because the markets are largely FIFO, and the markets are FIFO because FIFO is unbiased. Can you think of a more unbiased match algo? Lots of people put forward some sort of time bucketed system, but it doesn't solve the problem of who gets filled when there are more buys than sells in a bucket or vice versa. Nor does it solve the problem of cross exchange trading where time buckets are not likely to be synced, and people deal with it by increasing the bid/ask spread they're willing to quote. (See #4.)

Sometimes, it really is more complex than "She's bought and paid for by HFT". Plus, if you can't bring yourself to take off the tinfoil hat, you might consider that opponents of HFT (like big banks) are precisely the ones who benefit if HFT goes away. Now back to your regularly scheduled screedy goodness.

about 9 months ago
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Lying Eyes: Cyborg Glasses Simulate Eye Expressions

ggraham412 Re:authenticity (56 comments)

Maybe this has greater applicability in robotics? It's probably cheaper to outfit a robot with a pair of these glasses that try to mimic the complex expressions of eye movements with tiny motors.

about 9 months ago

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Google Glass Banned from Restaurant

ggraham412 ggraham412 writes  |  about a year ago

ggraham412 (1492023) writes "

“If you do wear your Google Glasses inside, or film or photograph people without their permission, you will be asked to stop, or leave,” said the [restaurant owner]. And if we ask you to leave, for God’s sake, don’t start yelling about your “rights”. Just shut up and get out before you make things worse.”

As Google Glass becomes more widespread, more clashes like this and local policies to deal with them are inevitable. Would you be more or less likely to eat at an establishment that banned Google Glass, or doesn't it matter to you?"
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Brazil Aims to Bypass US on Internat

ggraham412 ggraham412 writes  |  about a year ago

ggraham412 (1492023) writes "

Brazil is considering ways to make local use of the internet less dependent on US-based services, following leaks about Washington's cyberspy operations.The South American nation has suggested forcing internet firms to open data centres in Brazil, which would be used to store locally generated material. It is also pursuing a plan to build a new internet cable. The project would offer a way for data to bypass the US.

Interesting to ponder: how far are they and other countries likely to take this? Perhaps Balkanization of the internet was inevitable all along."
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