macson_g writes "Algorithmic and High-frequency trading seems to be hated by the geek community. This may change with Quantopian, a new service allowing anyone with programming skills to try algo trading from home.
High frequency trading has been scrutinized in recent years because of its links to financial scares like the Flash Crash. But the actual algorithms used to power much of high frequency trading are not well understood, and locked up in hedge funds and large financial firms.
Startup Quantopian, which is coming out of beta today, aims to make these algorithms available to a much larger audience.
macson_g writes "Students from Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland) once again turned one of dormitories into huge display. The project is called P.I.W.O. (B.E.E.R.). This time they converted 10-story building into 4-color, 12x10 display. The display was used to display animations, and to play interactive games as well. On the project page (in polish, Google translation here) you can watch almost hour-long video, featuring music videos, Tetris session, dancing Michael Jackson, Duke Nukem and Mario." Link to Original Source