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* Posts by HmmmYes

7 posts • joined 20 Apr 2010

Programming languages in economics: Cool research, bro, but what about, er, economics?

HmmmYes

Re: Economists

A while ago, after listening to loads of BS on a companies fine-tuned econometric model, put together by top Economics PHDs, I asked to for a demo/look. Out trundled an Excel spreadsheet, full of errors.

You may laugh but I was talking to someone a while ago who claimed - and I have no way of verifying the claim, one way or another - that the UK's Treasury and BoE were pretty much the same.

Still, they do wear a suit and sound cleverer than me.

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HmmmYes

So after demostrating macro-economists are not good at economic modelling

They've now gone on and proven they are no good at programming either.

And so the struggle for something an economist can gainfully do, with a modicum of success, goes on.

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Platform clouds: The hot battle for developers' hearts and minds

HmmmYes

Re: Development Tools for the next quarter century...?

Horses for courses. There is no easy decision for a target platform esp. when you are dealing with a very unusual environment - the city is one of the places that is willing to throw money at short-lived, proprietary software. MS is no longer the 'easy-money bet'

I've taken the safe option: standard (not MS), C++11 + python to get the mix of slow to develop, fast to run (C++) with fast to develop, slow to run (python). And Boost C++.

GUI-wise its less clear cut. I'm targeting a mix of HTML/webserver (for forms and client/server) and QT4 for singing + dancing, point-click graphics stuff.

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Asian recruiters on the prowl for IT managers

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Then after recruiting the muddlement they'll find that they need western engineers to sort out the muddlement's mess.

Why doesn't everyone in the West swap places with everyone in the East? That way we'd do the work that they were meant to be doing and they can have our bust public sector debts. Win-win.

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A Brief History of Virtualisation, now on Kindle

HmmmYes

I've just bought this. It better be good.

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ITV eyes micropayments for Corrie specials

HmmmYes
Devil

Hmm, not a bad idea

Maybe an R18 special starring Rosie Webster.

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Broadband boss: 'The end of freeloading is nigh'

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Virgin cabinet infrastrucure

He's right. Virgin (joined with the jibbering retard that NTL was) do have a lot of cabinet. In the streets adjoining my street there's a lot of it spread around, on the floor, in the buses etc.

NTL/Virgin have specced the lowest grade metal and hinges possible. I helped some kind sole (who foolishly gave his credit card number years ago - he told me) gaffer tape the front panel to the box - he did not want to lose his phone, tv and internet when the pubs kicked out and someone tried to tip their chow mein into the cable distribution.

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