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Fancy joining Reg hack on quid-a-day challenge?

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Re: Pasta, pasta, beans, pasta, pasta, pasta, beans and pasta

"It's far easier on £30 a month up-front than when given a £1 a day. That's a typical 'poverty trap' of having to live for the day"

Thankfully, a solution is at hand! Get a payday loan! Only 2,000% APR!

If you can't repay - get a new loan and repay the old! Easy!

If you still can't repay - we will break your legs

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Re: having to take a teapot to work

"I haven't yet found another tea that I like more for every day (although I've been trying different ones for the last 6 months or so)."

Try Keemun or Russian tarakan, sorry Caravan.

Won't fit into the pound-a-day budget, though, I think...

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US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code

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New virally spreading prank

"Brick your friend's mobile"

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Amazon wires up email-to-Kindle to its gigantic online hard drive

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They did - 20p per Mb, if downloaded via 3G. You can set the maximum charge limit and it won't let you use 3G to DL a file exceeding the limit.

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Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco

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That's one seriously botched preflight!

Meanwhile, the Playmonaut urgently feels the need to check his insurance cover...

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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Re: WHAT

That may work for the music you like.

The music I prefer has to be listened to.

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Re: Four words ...

Are you rejecting the Revealing Science of God? You. Mister.

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Re: Finally

"after painting the rims of your CDs DVDs Blu-rays black with the most exquisite black marker on the planet"

Hahahah! You've been conned - everyone knows you should use a green marker!

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This thing does not really do anything that DVD-A or even DVD-V couldn't already do, only tangles it in some extra layer of DRM probably (with all this vouchers stuff).

This is an attempt to prop up a failed format (the failure being self-inflicted).

On the audio side - I personally prefer 2.0 stereo to any multi-channel gimmicks, but that's just me...

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LOHAN's Punch and Judy show: The big fat round-up

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So, the camera lenses didn't become frosted on the way up and only got external condensation on them going through the lower clouds on the way down?

Presumably, that will be even less of an issue in Spain.

P.S. Baconur, eh? I Salyut you.

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Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years

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Re: I'm used to abstracts actually *telling* me what the reports about.

I can't believe they will go manually through every possible combination.

With normal alloys you usually step through enough points to identify the key transitions and then draw a phase diagram by interpolation. You can then roughly predict properties of specific alloys by placing them on the diagram.

For metallic glass they use additional analytics to predict Glass Forming Range, which presumably can then be tested with a few additional data points...

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Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment

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Re: @ Vladimir Plouzhnikov

Er, Tom? Easy on that bourbon, mate...

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Re: Dropbox drops the ball. @JLV

"the USSR was an entirely different beast."

I am not going to defend any of the atrocities you used as your examples, nor am I going to defend or proclaim the moral superiority of the USSR ideology and/or its social and economic system - that would simply be naive.

However, you should not equate the USSR to Stalin's regime. What happened during the time of that Georgian Robespierre was an aberration, albeit characteristic of any society undergoing rapid revolutionary transition. You can find an equivalent of that in the history of any country (minus the Russian scale - if you want the comparable scale you need to look at China, perhaps).

After Stalin, the USSR has become a completely different society. It may have had its own ideas about civil rights and freedoms, which differed from those in the West, but it certainly had those ideas and ideals. Time has shown that the chosen implementation of these ideas was impractical and impossible and it collapsed on itself due to the inherent flaws in the system - but to consider USSR as some kind of an incarnation of absolute evil and antithetic to the values of the enlightened and benevolent "Western" society is shortsighted and downright stupid.

You should also remember that many of the freedoms enjoyed by the Western population exist either because the Western regimes wanted to highlight the difference between them and the Soviets or because the existence of the USSR was inspiring people in the West to demand such rights and freedoms.

Is it a coincidence that as soon as the USSR ceased to exist and the need to maintain the appearances diminished those same "Western" regimes started to steadily and determinedly clamp down and revoke or dilute those rights and freedoms?

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Re: Dropbox drops the ball.

"The Soviets were ..... morally repugnant,"

Not any more repugnant than any other state with the ambitions of being a "global power". Forget about it at your peril.

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No need to worry

She probably can't tell her drop from her box. It must simply be a pay-off for that CIA contract...

Now, wait a minute - a CIA contract? Er, belay that "no worry" then...

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SpaceX Falcon tests HOVERCRAFT tech – despite ISS outage

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At last!

A rocket only becomes a proper space rocket when it has legs and can land on its tail.

But... a really, really good space rocket also must have big fins. Where are the fins?

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Reg LOHAN spaceplane: Punch and Judy show in comedy non-explosive climax

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"Would have been better to use NASA-speak and say that it "suffered a non-mitigated power-up anomaly"

But they had a Barogenic Unexplained Metal Meltdown Energetic Rupture instead.

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Spy-happy Condoleezza Rice joins Dropbox board as privacy adviser

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No thanks!

No Rice please. How about a Kofi though?

So, Hu you say was the leader of China?

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Gay marriage foes outraged at Mozilla CEO flap, call for boycott

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Re: Speaking of the law...

"But he wasn't, he quit"

Ever heard the term "constructive dismissal"? I don't know about the US but here it is a well established principle in employment law.

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Re: Prop 8 != free speech

So, you will then agree that if another court decision would overturn the previous one and the ban on gay marriage will be found constitutional, you will have to be fired from your job unless you publicly declare that you now understand that gay marriage is wrong and undertake to never support it again?

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Stupid godheads

Boycott the F*ckStupid website and other Match.com crap, not the FireFox!

Reminds me of the parts of the world where a raped woman is punished for letting herself be raped...

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Video games make you NASTY AND VIOLENT

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Re: Once again...

"I don't know if you knew that."

No, I didn't but I know now! Thanks!

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Re: Once again...

No, no, no - crosses are too violent.

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Re: I think people here are missing the point

Well, the Mumsnet population will not probably read about it in the Register but they might see it in this BBC article:

"Feelings of aggression after playing video games are more likely to be linked to gameplay mechanics rather than violent content, a study suggests."

"The study is not saying that violent content doesn't affect gamers, but our research suggests that people are not drawn to playing violent games in order to feel aggressive. Rather, the aggression stems from feeling not in control or incompetent while playing."

and

"Previous research published by Tanya Byron in her 2008 independent review 'Safer Children in a Digital World', found little evidence to suggest children who play video games become desensitised to violence."

All in all, should drive some on Mumsnet into a fit :-)

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I think people here are missing the point

Which is that this study shows that it is the bad game design or controls that leads to increased aggression as opposed to any actual violent content inside the game.

This basically pulls the rug from under the feet of the "think of the childrenz" game-censoring crusaders, which is a good thing.

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Re: Cold hands? Pah!

You're right, they are much more likely to take a dump truck and drop a ton of bricks on the unfortunate passers by. Now, the Pacman players, on the other hand....

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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

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Re: They haven't deserted religion

Ramen.

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'Hello, is that the space station? NASA here. Can you put us through to Moscow?'

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"If God wanted man to go to space, he'd have given him gills...er, something."

I'm sure man would have preferred gilts instead...

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Hello, America

Da fuck you did that fo?

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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Re: I embrace people that do not share my views.

"and Ben Laden ..."

Aha! So Osama was Jewish! I can tell a Masonic conspiracy when I see one!

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Re: Amazing

"Perhaps you misunderstand me."

Perhaps I do, in which case I apologise.

"However I will have personal views as to whether that cause is right or wrong which will determine whether I support or oppose it."

That's fine. But do you agree that you must lose your job if your personal view and the corresponding support or opposition you express are not deemed to be satisfactory?

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Re: No-one will ever read this because it is currently on p5 ...

"a concerted, vocal minority who cannot recognise that an opinion is valid even when you disagree with it"

We have good few of them on this board as well...

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Re: The unaccountable mob

It's actually the same tactics that is commonly used by Scientologists to suppress dissent in their ranks and netralise anyone who they perceive as a threat to their organisation.

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Amazing

"However it matters a great deal what is being campaigned for."

The most disturbing thing is that you obviously fail to see the dismal immorality of what you just wrote.

As I said in another thread - your type of campaigners are self-serving parasites, only damaging the cause you are ostensibly fighting for.

As for the rest of your post - I wonder if it's an honest mistake or a freudian slip?

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It's a shame

Shouldn't have given up to blackmail that easily.

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Titanfall pits man against machine, Kiefer Sutherland Snakes into Metal Gear Solid V

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Re: Single player is onanism

Seriously? It seems that you treat your gaming as a work out and choose the games accordingly.

Other people may prefer things like atmosphere, storyline, suspense, immersion.

It is similar to music - some people enjoy the art in music, for others it is only a means to induce reflectorial twitching...

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Re: Single player is onanism

"You will get better, but only from more playing."

Get better at onanism?

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Hey, Michael Lewis: Stop DEMONISING Wall Street’s SUPERHUMAN high-speed trading

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"A Network of Computers playing their algorityms off against each other can and will blindly crash the markets in Milliseconds."

Yes, so what? Do you think human-only market are immune from that? No indication though that any of the crashes where machines may have been involved has been any worse than any other crash where they haven't. Actually, markets seem to recover from these technical glitches much faster today and with fewer consequences than in the past.

"the HFT corporations which are actually Paying the exchanges for Insider Information"

You don't seem to understand what Insider Information means. Exchanges don't have insider information. The market data they have and sell (legally and openly) is not "insider information", it's available to anyone - you can buy it yourself if you want and have the cash.

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Re: Tobin Tax

Tobin proposed his tax thinking that it may reduce volatility in forex markets, making government's job of managing their currency's interest rates easier. His proposal had nothing to do with trying to placate some traders who have a grudge against others, having a better access to the market place...

However, there is no consensus that such tax will in fact reduce the volatility and, in general, higher transaction costs are known to increase volatility (and bid-offer spread) and reduce liquidity.

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Re: Feedback

The economy is global, with 100s of millions of active participants at any given moment. That to me practically guarantees that economically significant events must be constantly happening down to millisecond scale. I may be wrong but it sounds logical to me.

If you look at, say, unfiltered Bloomberg news feed - new headlines there appear so fast, the old ones are scrolled off the screen before they can all possible be read...

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Re: Why do we have stock markets?

"The key word is 'long term' "

Why is that the key word? Why should only long term investments be allowed? What are the reasons why you think it will be better for the economy?

Or is it just that you think - "oh, someone is making money in a way which I don't understand, I envy them, that's why they should be stopped"?

"if I or my pension fund is investing to give me a return of several percent p.a. for the next decade, then 0.5% at the beginning really should be pretty invisible (or 0.2% or whatever, just not 0.005%) - and if it's going to hurt 'the market' that much then allow investors to claim it against tax when they sell after 5 years"

Again, if you are ready to pay such costs upfront and intend to hold your investment for 'long term' regardless of what is happening with it in the meantime, why are you so bothered about the impact of HFT and extremely short-term volatility?

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Re: Coin clippers

"The 800lb gorilla in the room is that HFT limits trading to those who can afford the technology. Forget all the other arguments, which may be true; the markets are denied to the small players and so the big banks and hedge funds achieve a de facto monopoly on trading."

There is no evidence of that at all - go and trade something yourself, nobody stops you. If you don't like the volatility - you can use VWAP orders or something similar to average off the extremely short term fluctuations.

Before HFT, there were locals, who had similar advantages by virtue of being right there in the trading pit, watching and personally knowing the habits of other traders. The were providing the same function to the markets as the HFT does today (increasing liquidity, narrowing bid-offer spread etc), only more slowly.

In fact, it is the exchange locals who became displaced by the HFT, not other types of traders.

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Re: @ Vladimir Plouzhnikov

"One of the possibilities that has been amply discussed about HFT is that it could be used for simulating a 'landslide' in some stocks prices, and also be fooled to believe that one of these landslides is taking place."

But you don't need an HFT system to start a selling-off panic. Much cheaper just to bribe an analyst to twat something on Twitter...

"A 'privileged party' with access to this technology and a lot of capital has a(nother) great tool for manipulating the markets."

The problem with this approach (exactly as with manual attempts to move markets) is that you start with a lot of capital and end up with much less, which is usually not what the manipulator wants to achieve. In addition, by doing this you are sticking out as sore thumb in the market and the regulators will have your hide in no time. Finally, you will be the laughing stock of the entire market when it's all finished.

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Re: @ Vladimir Plouzhnikov

"So HFT doesn't screw over investors, it's people who screw over investors?"

Perhaps I did not explain it clear. HFT (systems AND people who use them) and market manipulators (people and systems they use) use totally different properties of the markets, different methods, channels and opportunities.

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Re: @ Vladimir Plouzhnikov

"You do not want lightning speed reaction during a crisis. You do want lightning speed decision making. But knowing how to manage when to act is the key. Act first think later can be a problem."

Yes, you are quite right. That's why the exchanges use trading halts as a "circuit breaker" when panic starts. They have come up with that protection mechanism long before even manual electronic trading appeared, because with humans panic works just the same as with algos.

The difference is that for humans an exchange may halt trading for 5 minutes for "cooling off", while with algorithms, as was the case with the Flash Crash of 2010, the CME only needed to stop it for 5 seconds.

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Re: But why ?

Unit trust is a fund and when you buy a unit you are buying an OTC packaged product, which stands between you and the market. Here we are talking about direct market access.

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Re: HFT adding value ?

Can you please explain the principles of how could you use HFT for naked shorting?

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Re: Why do we have stock markets?

"Anything else, such as the casino of..."

I see you don't like speculation... which HFT isn't.

Speculation means taking a risk in the hope of eventual return. Which actually what any investment means, so (OMG!) any investment is speculative to one degree or another. But I'm sure you mean short term speculation, like day-trading... which HFT isn't either.

Actually, short-term speculation is absolutely necessary for healthy markets as long as there is not too much of it - it provides liquidity and a demand for risk, which other market participants want to off load (this is especially important in futures markets).

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Re: @ Vladimir Plouzhnikov

"If you add HFT to some of the ingredients in that list, you get a nasty broth."

So you would if you add HFT to, say, an exchange system crash or a a major bankruptcy or nuclear war. That in itself does not make HFT any worse or more dangerous than any other routinely used systems - payments processing, comms, transport, power grids etc. If any of them breaks, it's usually unpleasant and disruptive and people want it fixed ASAP.

"Whoever knows the quirks, errors and biases of a given HFT algorithm - .... - has a powerful tool to perform price fixing and/or related malfeasances."

No, not really. If you know the deficiency of an algorithm you can theoretically exploit them against the company that uses it, yes. You will need to find a serious backer though. If you are a disgruntled programmer you won't have the capital needed to set up your own HFT trading outfit to play the algorithm. So, you will need to go to the competition, not that such cases are unheard off, but it's not easy and it will be detected unless your backer is very, very patient and careful - which they won't be or they wouldn't try it in the first place.

But as for rigging the markets with HFT? That just not how it works. You can move the markets unintentionally, sure, but there it's - you move them, you pay for it.

Rigging is done by humans through collusion, disinformation, fraud, social engineering, exploiting or cornering the OTC markets.

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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

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Where are the values?

I agree with the priest - all filth and nothing for the soul. Where are the four Horsemen? Where are David and Goliath, where are the female role characters (Delilah)? Why can't the children play with destruction of Sodom and Gonorrhea? Hmmm, there is something not quite right with the last one, but it passed the spell checker, so it must be OK...

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