I've heard that he was actually a good coder but have no citation.
I wonder how well this accounts for the extremely variable sleeping periods of various animals? See http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/chasleep.html .
...at jsoftware.com .
It's more powerful, concise, and consistent than most languages. However, R and Matlab have larger user communities and this is an important consideration.
There was a note on the J-forum a few months ago from an astronomer who uses J to "...compute photoionization models of planetary nebulae." His code to do this is about 500 lines in about 30 modules and uses some multi-dimensional datasets, including a four-dimensional one of "...2D grids of the collisional cooling by each of 16 ions".
However, the point of his note was that he ported this code to his i-phone - and it works! Consider, too that porting consists mainly of copying some text and data files - there would be little to no code changes.
I work in areas of quantitive finance and have found the CFA charter to be very worthwhile. It briefly covers some of the subject matter of an MBA but is more oriented toward analysis which may be a good fit to a geek mind-set.
It's not an easy program - first, because it's largely self-study and second, because each of the three successive levels of the test has about a 50% pass rate. However, the self-study aspect also means it's far less expensive than most academic business degrees. Also, the rigorousness of the test makes it a highly-valued credential.
You can find out more at the site of the CFA Institute: https://www.cfainstitute.org/pages/index.aspx .
This is an example of The Big Lie in action - blaming Clinton for the excesses of private companies like Countrywide.
The lie goes like this: Clinton passed the CRA (Community Re-investment Act) in 1995, which led to more sub-prime loans that were responsible for the crisis of 2008.
Actually, sub-prime loans constituted only 7% of the mortgage market as of 2001, but went to 21% by 2006 - who was in office then? Additionally, the default rate on CRA sub-prime loans was 1/4 that of non-CRA sub-primes. Not to mention that the CRA was originally passed in 1977 and Clinton's changes to it in 1995 were aimed at making the process more efficient.
But don't listen to me - I'm probably a member of that evidence-based community.
But don't get your hopes too high.
According to Yahoo Finance (http://finance.yahoo.com/q/pr?s=NU+Profile), the CEO of Northeast Utilities is Thomas J. May. In the past year, he "earned" $3.01 million in salary and exercised $9.99 million in stock options. The chief financial officer, James J. Judge, took home $1.05 million in salary and $2.33 million from exercise of options. Other "key executives" took home more than a million each.
This is probably too esoteric for the non-mathematicians - http://www.jsoftware.com/jwiki/NYCJUG/2010-11-09#Implementation_of_Newton.2BIBk-s_method_in_J - but there's probably a way to tie it to an interesting picture, like this one: http://www.jsoftware.com/jwiki/Plot/Function#Re-working_Function_Definition_from_Monadic_to_Dyadic .
Maybe not most people's cup of tea, but it would have intrigued the young me.
One piece of evidence that's been around for quite a while is that smaller classes are better. However, this translates directly into higher costs, so there's a lot of incentive to ignore this.
You might need it if you use your computer as something other than a toy or care about security or performance.
There continues to be no credible evidence that vaccination causes autism but the a significant minority believes this anyway."
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From http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/07/16/top-witness-for-the-s-e-c-turns-testy-on-the-stand/ :
Paolo Pellegrini has been lauded as an architect of one of the biggest hedge fund victories in recent memory: Paulson & Company’s audacious bet against subprime home loans in 2007.
But in a Manhattan federal courtroom on Tuesday, Mr. Pellegrini professed not to know what one of the basic acronyms of the industry meant."
NYC here, feeling slighted not to have been included on the US tour.
As a publicly-traded corporation, Apple has a duty to its shareholders to run the company in a way that benefits them. By keeping so much cash out of the U.S., it is unable to pay it out as a dividend, or use it in other ways to benefit its shareholders.
There is a compelling argument that corporate profits paid as dividends should not be taxed both at the corporate level where they are earned and at the individual level where they are paid out, but that's not the issue here.
According to this: http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/45/Supplement_2/S137.long -
"Soaps containing triclosan within the range of concentrations commonly used in the community setting (0.1%–0.45% wt/vol) were no more effective than plain soap at preventing infectious illness symptoms and reducing bacterial levels on the hands."