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Amazon, Google and Apple Won't Need To Pay Tax, Despite Goverment Threats

pyite Re:Remind me,,, (327 comments)

The corporations have to pay higher salaries so people have the same take home pay

Not sure what fantasy world you live in. Corporations are under no such obligation to make take home pay constant. Most people I know do not get cost of living increases on a regular basis. So, inflation adjusted, and factoring in increased taxes (the norm in the US lately), most people I know are making less money each and every year.

about a year and a half ago

Flu Shot Doing Poor Job of Protecting Older People This Year

pyite Re:Flue Shot, A Roll of the Dice (205 comments)

Real case scenario to back this up unfortunately.

Which is why it's so nice of you to provide one of those "real case scenarios," or perhaps a study.

about 2 years ago

Microsoft To Apple: Don't Take Your Normal 30% Cut of Office For iOS

pyite Re:We are the 30% (724 comments)

And I can't afford $99 a year for free apps that I code once and forget about.

Then don't write them. Free [as in beer] software that is not open source is the worst of both worlds.

I'd rather pay for a decent app than get it for free.

A good developer's time is worth more than $99/hour, so the $99 fee per year is really inconsequential in the long run.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Announces iPhone 5

pyite Re:Lines will be short (1052 comments)

Now, they'll ask for a ban of the device and people who will preorder will take the risk of waiting for ages before having their brand new phone...

Doubtful. The stock shows no sign of this worry. And I find it extremely unlikely that a US court is going to bow to a Korean company to ban a product in the US. There is little to gain for a judge in that position. Justice is not blind.

more than 2 years ago

Neutrino-Powered Financial Trading In Our Future?

pyite Re:I find this depressing (275 comments)

IMO HFT also "steals" a lot of top scientific and engineering talent from fields that _are_ socially useful The result is, these great minds aren't researching anything but how to pick other people's pockets.

Besides the fact that high frequency trading adds liquidity to markets that might otherwise be illiquid (and thus overall creates more efficient markets), quantitative trading has pushed the boundaries of the high performance computing market for the last few years, and continues to do so.

Network and compute companies are making better products, in part, because of a demand created for them within the financial industry.

more than 2 years ago

Neutrino-Powered Financial Trading In Our Future?

pyite Re:Who needs fast data rates? (275 comments)

Of course the real question is why you'd be trading in Hong Kong from the US when you can co-locate your servers in Hong Kong and run your trading algorithms there.

The strategy your parent is alluding to is a straight up latency arbitrage where you trade instrument X in market Z based on you getting information from market Y before anyone else.

more than 2 years ago

Teaching Natural Sciences To Social Science Students?

pyite Some examples (265 comments)

Stephen Greenfield, the best professor I ever had, happened to be one who mainly taught undergraduate math to math, physics, and engineering students and graduate math. However, he had a passion for teaching unlike I'd ever seen and he worked on a course at Rutgers to teach math to non-sciency types.

The last paragraph on this page has a description of the course.

The course diary has tons of material in it.

If you browse Stephen Greenfield's homepage, you'll find a wealth of teaching that might be able to be applied. He's since retired, but his page is still up, so make use of it!

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Option For Printing Digital Photos?

pyite Re:Photographic prints! (350 comments)

In addition, many Costco labs (at least by me) are covered under this list of color profiles, often with specific information about the paper type and which printer was used to do the profile.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Kit For a Home Media Server?

pyite Re:HP Microserver (355 comments)

Since it is on multiple RAID 5 devices and I run a cron job that checks the MD5 sigs against a database I know that it is in good condition.

I applaud your desire to maintain integrity, but if something goes bad, you have to manually restore it. I, too, keep MD5 or SHA hashes of important stuff, but I rely on ZFS and 'scrubbing' for verifying integrity. The benefit is if a bit does flip, it will be corrected, and I will be told.

You should consider it.

about 3 years ago

CyanogenMod 9 Working On the Nexus S

pyite Re:Yay (218 comments)

You know, someone could write an allegory about the desire for the geeks to have the consumer appliance "du jour" run an unadulterated Linux distribution. Call the appliance a toaster for all I care. It doesn't matter, because the story is always the same.

10 years ago we wanted some fancy hard drive based MP3 player to run our favorite distro. Now, it's phones. The cycle repeats.

The reason that the geeks will perpetually never be satisfied? We meet women*, we fall in love, we get married, we buy a house, etc.

At some point, you say, "I just want a damned insert name of appliance that works." And hence, Apple.

Fight it all you want, but mark my words.

* - Hopefully.

more than 3 years ago

Baker Has to Make 102,000 Cupcakes For Grouponers

pyite Stupid is as stupid does. (611 comments)

I may hate Groupon, but this person has no one to blame but herself. Do the math. If you sell that many coupons, even if only a fraction of them are redeemed, that's a lot of cupcakes.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: CS Grads Taking IT Jobs?

pyite Re:CS is part of IT (520 comments)

CS is programming.

âoeComputer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.â -- Edsger Dijkstra

It sounds like you are the one conflating things and causing confusion.

more than 3 years ago

How Linux Mastered Wall Street

pyite Re:Set the exchanges to a clock. (339 comments)

Better idea - add a low fixed tax on any stock trade, regardless of value or size. Just a $0.01 per transaction would make HFT extremely costly- if you're executing millions of trades per second, that quickly brings you up to billions of dollars per trading day. HFT can't be that profitable. Yet it wouldn't really affect people making actual investments - ones where you actually investigate the company to make sure it knows how to earn a profit.

Yea, what a horrible idea. You'll realize how bad an idea that is when you want to go unload your "investment" and no one wants to buy it.

Liquidity comes at a price. Those who provide liquidity take on risk. It's a generally accepted practice to pay people for taking on risk (see, for example, interest rates).

Come back when you understand how markets work.

more than 3 years ago

How and Why Wall Street Programmers Earn Top Salaries

pyite Re:from an HFT developer's view (791 comments)

However, the amazing advancement in network technology and all these crazy RDMA and 10G user-space network stacks is literally due to the HFT community

This is completely true. Financial applications are driving HPC components in a way that educational and government spending haven't in years and years of use.

more than 3 years ago

How and Why Wall Street Programmers Earn Top Salaries

pyite Re:I am an HFT programmer (791 comments)

Where do you get these price feeds from (or route the prices to) ? surely you could save 5e-7s just by using shorter cables or putting the mic and speakers closer to the traders.

Nearly all market data is transmitted from the exchanges via IP multicast. Typically you will have servers in each exchange to trade on that exchange, but you also will have links pulling in market data from every other relevant venue as well.

See, for example, Spread Networks who made a lot of money by digging a really straight trench from Chicago to New Jersey in order to get CME data to the NJ metro area as fast as possible.

more than 3 years ago

How and Why Wall Street Programmers Earn Top Salaries

pyite Re:enough lies please (791 comments)

there is absolutely nothing, whatsoever, 'valuable' behind a credit default swap. it is a bet. that is a fact, and its not rocket science, and its not a conspiracy theory, and its not "the ignorant and alarmist" decrying some nefarious boogey man.

You're completely wrong. If you buy a bond from company X, it certainly makes sense to have insurance that if company X goes out of business, you still get your money. And hence, the credit default swap was born. The fact that someone may use the instrument to speculate is a separate issue.

People speculate on everything. It's what you do when you stock up on cans of soup when it's on sale. You speculate that the price is going to go up next week.

more than 3 years ago

Why Mac OS X Is Unsuitable For Web Development

pyite Re:Who the fuck is Ted Dziuba? (831 comments)

Debian based installation of tools required 4 hours, OS-X / Fink / Google research required 40.

If this is the case, you're an idiot. I'm sorry; I don't know an easier way to put it.

There is no appreciable difference between Debian and OS X in setting up a desktop environment to develop in other than that in Debian, it might make take me some time to figure out what video card driver to use.

What the hell took you 4 hours in Debian? It should take you about 15 minutes on Debian, or Ubuntu, or OS X.

more than 3 years ago

The Science of Stout Beer

pyite Guinness Likes Science (205 comments)

Guinness has a nice history of using math and science in improving their product.

Student's t-distribution was conceived by William Sealy Gosset while working at Guinness.

more than 3 years ago

Hands-on Face-off: IPad 2 V Motorola Xoom

pyite Re:A tie on web comparisons? Really? (375 comments)

Not having Flash is a feature. I don't have it on my desktop and I sure as hell don't want it on my phone or tablet.

more than 3 years ago

Why We Should Buy Music In FLAC

pyite Re:Seems fairly obvious why not (550 comments)

Isn't the fact that it's "good, free, and open" the exact reasons the publishers wouldn't use it?

Depends on the band. For instance, I haven't bought a CD version of a studio release from Gov't Mule in quite some time. They offer MP3 and FLAC for purchase right on their own website.

Phish even sells what they call "FLAC-HD" versions. These are 24 bit/96 KHz versions of their live shows.

Not to mention, these, and hundreds of other, bands allow people to tape and distribute copies of their live shows. Those recordings are FLAC as well, often higher than CD quality.

more than 3 years ago


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