Atheism+ is a good idea   1 vote - 50 %
Atheism+ is a bad idea   1 vote - 50 %
-   0 votes - 0 %
Short novels are better than long   2 votes - 100 %
Short novels are worse than long   0 votes - 0 %
No preference   0 votes - 0 %
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Use phone as ebook reader   1 vote - 50 %
Buy dedicated ebook reader   0 votes - 0 %
Don't use an ebook reader   1 vote - 50 %
2 Total Votes
Galaxy S3 by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #1 Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 03:59:50 PM EST
I really like mine, though it does have some funny quirks. The back button isn't a very good bit of design. Still, prefer it to my iPhone (which I had for two years), it's mainly the screen I think

This is a VERY good case and an absolute bargain


I'm on my third but only because I keep losing them. Black ones are out of stock, but the brown is actually quite classy.

It's political correctness gone mad!

Nice catch on HS trading... by Metatone (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 05:25:53 PM EST
I find it bizarre that so many people outside of the industry feel compelled to defend sub-1 second trading.
(I understand that people I know employed in the industry have an interest in the status quo.)

now that i'm in the industry by garlic (4.00 / 1) #7 Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 01:40:58 PM EST
i'm trying to figure out what the justification is. I'm also not completely sure of the harm of the speed -- automated trading can screw things up pretty quickly if it's making trades every second instead of every milisecond.

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(Comment Deleted) by yicky yacky (4.00 / 1) #10 Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 06:26:11 AM EST

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But that's a different question... by Metatone (4.00 / 1) #11 Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 04:30:54 PM EST
my question was much more simple and pointed - what is the actual benefit of millisecond transactions?

My preferred interval is much longer - but I reckon step one is a political battle to get the principle acknowledged that more speed doesn't inherently bring benefits. 

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The benefit is by dmg (4.00 / 1) #12 Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 05:01:58 PM EST
It keeps banking IT types (and more importantly their managers) employed.

Seriously. Its the only reason for it. Of course at the level of individual banks, there is money to be made from a good hft platform implementation. But in terms of liquidity, price discovery, it really doesn't add much, and a case can be made that it increases systemic risk (flash crashes etc).

Without external regulation it will continue. If one player does it, they all have to.
dmg - HuSi's most dimwitted overprivileged user.

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Interesting video on how insane it is by dmg (2.00 / 0) #13 Wed Sep 05, 2012 at 05:30:42 PM EST
Can be found here. Basically they are using hardware (fpga) implementations of optimised tcp/ip stacks to gain microsecond advantages. All very fascinating and clever if you ignore the wider implications for the global financial system.
dmg - HuSi's most dimwitted overprivileged user.
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Ice Cream Sandwich is pissing me off. by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #3 Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 11:05:09 PM EST
I hope there are some patches coming soon.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

your phone gets patches? by dev trash (4.00 / 1) #9 Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 09:26:12 PM EST
Must be nice.

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HFT by Herring (4.00 / 1) #4 Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 11:51:39 AM EST
Not sure it's a problem in and of itself. From what I understand, it's looking mostly for arbitrage opportunities on derivatives. The problem as misinformed me sees it is that the trading in derivatives completely dwarfs the trading in "real stuff".

Putting people with money to invest in touch with companies that need that money and can use it to make stuff, I can see that as an economic good - a necessity even. But from what I read, that accounts for well under 10% of the actual trading in shares. In simplistic terms, there is a massive "fake economy" balanced precariously on top of a tiny real economy.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

I'm not widely read in feminist anthropology by lm (4.00 / 1) #5 Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 09:51:31 AM EST
But, from what I've gleaned the few times that I've talked to my mother about it, the claim that most feminists would make is not really addressed by Sperring's article. They would claim that a matriarchal society centered around goddess worship existed in prehistoric times and, while in some cases this may have lasted up into the early Christian era, there were many other patriarchal societies (e.g. the Romans, the Anglo-Saxons, etc.) that invaded Celtic areas and stamped out the remnants of more egalitarian society. But, to be fair, it's quite likely that Sperring is dealing with a different type of conjectures about the way that society developed. My mother and the crowd she runs with are speaking of societies that they think prospered tens of thousands of years ago while Sperring is debunking myths dated to the advent of Christianity in Celtic areas which is a far more recent epoch.

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I have a friend or two involved in the Atheism+ brouhaha. As an outsider it looks bizarre to me. I guess now I know how my non-Christian friends feel when I argue theology with other Christians.

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The test for finding which presidential candidate one sides with is strange in some places. For example, the question about ending the war in Afghanistan had one answer of ``Yes, and only approve future wars through Congress.''  That makes no sense, the US Congress explicitly approved the invasion of Afghanistan through an authorization of use of military force.

I also think something must be wrong with the test because I can't imagine myself really being a backer of the Green Party Candidate platform.

And, also, I think the test leaves off the most important questions with regards to making up one's mind about presidential candidates. There were no questions about how laws should be enforced and the scope of presidential powers unless you count the question about terrorists being granted basic human rights. Most of the questions were what I consider important questions to ask of candidates for the legislature that have little to do with the president's job excepting his ability to use the bully pulpit to cajole Congress.

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On the new Android, have you installed a power saver app yet? My battery life basically doubled once I installed Battery Saver. Well, actually it stayed the same but I started using it far more, e.g. using apps like MapMyRun that are energy hogs.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
I was surprised by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 01:11:21 PM EST
That the site gave me a huge preference for Obama over Romney: I thought they'd be about the same.

I haven't installed a power saving app since there's an option built in to the top menu. I am using Firefox, was surprised how bad the built-in browser is.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?

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Obama v. Romney by lm (4.00 / 1) #8 Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 01:59:38 PM EST
There are fewer differences between candidate Romney circa 2008 and candidate Obama circa 2008 than there are between candidate Romney 2012 and candidate Obama 2012. For example, on the health care issue in 2008, Obama and Romney were both putting out something like Romney's Massachusetts plan save for individual mandate portion. But come 2012, Romney wants to repeal Obamacare in its entirety including provisions that he previouslyi supported such as insurance portability, coverage of pre-existing medical conditions, and the like. There are a number of issues like that where the two were far closer in the past than they are now.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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