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Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

webplay Re:How could this be? (234 comments)

Except that from 1970 to 2008 (years for which data is available), per capita GDP of the Dominican Republic went from 50% of Cuba's to 87% of Cuba's. The HDI has improved more as well.

about 3 months ago
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Kobo CEO Says Not Selling Washing Machines Key To Overtaking Amazon

webplay Re:Focus all you want... (207 comments)

You heard wrong. The estimate is that it will account for about 20% of Amazon's profit in 2013. It is growing faster than the rest of their business, though.

about a year ago
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World Cup Forecasting Challenge For Quants

webplay Just use the odds from any sportsbook to beat them (111 comments)

Just go to Vegas or look up the current World Cup odds at any online sportsbook and it is very likely that these odds are better predictions than whatever they came up. These sportsbook odds are based on actual money bet by people who know something about sports betting instead of financial types. If these quants were actually confident that they had some sort of an edge, they would put their money where their mouths are (and affect these sportsbook odds). Of course, these sportsbook odds are also affected by amateurs, but the same is true with almost anything else, like the stock market. Another issue is the smaller liquidity compared to the stock market, but the amount of money bet on the World Cup should be large enough to make it less of an issue.

more than 4 years ago
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A Walk Through the Hard Drive Recovery Process

webplay Hard drives fail much more often than claimed (238 comments)

The big issue is that you cannot take the word of hard drive manufacturers about drives' reliability at a face value. Google's study (PDF) and CMU's study show much higher real-life HDD failure rates than you would get from manufacturers' MTBF claims. RAID 1 or higher is not the full solution - multiple failures, controller failures or data corruption can still occur. Your drives will most often fail without any warning.

more than 6 years ago

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Firefox 3 usage rate in the U.S. reaches 5%

webplay webplay writes  |  more than 6 years ago

webplay (903555) writes "The real-world usage rate of Firefox 3 in the U.S. has reached 5% in two weeks since the Download Day according to Google Analytics stats provided by a large, representative website. Almost all FF 3 users are previous FF 2 users. The article includes long-term usage trends for IE, Firefox, Safari, and Opera."
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