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Comment: Microsoft always gets GMT/BST wrong (Score 1) 253

by ICantFindADecentNick (#40136633) Attached to: Microsoft Wrongly Gives Britain the Day Off
Microsoft have never really cared about getting calendar details right. Whenever a colonial (maybe should I say yank to really annoy them - even though I know they're not all yanks) sends a meeting request it arrives saying GMT as the timezone for London instead of BST. You would have thought that they could get the hang of daylight saying as they have it too. You actually have to confirm with the other end and say: you know that meeting that says 1:00 pm GMT is really 1:00pm BST or noon GMT (actually I normally translate to whatever zone they're in) e.g 8:00 am EDT.

Comment: Re:It was a big deal to 18th century astronomers (Score 1) 143

by ICantFindADecentNick (#39868067) Attached to: Venus To Transit the Sun In June, Not Again Until 2117
Maybe that explains why NASA put in all of the US state borders on their map as homage to Mason and Dixon. Don't know why they also did it for Australia though. Assuming that that isn't actually the reason, why the hell would you draw a map like that? It looks really weird - unless it's just an American aesthetic?

Comment: An Old and Famous (and not very good method) (Score 1) 124

by ICantFindADecentNick (#35362096) Attached to: Gosper's Algorithm Meets Wall Street Formulas
The binomial model is common in textbooks because it's intuitively appealing, but if you only apply it to basic European (exercisable at expiry) options then there really are better ways of getting a closed form solution i.e. the Black-Scholes (or Bachelier-Thorp ....) formula. If you want half decent pricing methods for more general cases then you'll end up with Finite difference or Monte-Carlo methods depending on dimensionality, at which point you've already given up on a closed form solution. One of the reasons that TFA is so unintelligible is it's an academic treatment of half of the theory of a non-problem. (and as others have already pointed out - it has nothing to say about how the finance industry operates).

+ - French law to allow police to plant spyware 1

Submitted by ICantFindADecentNick
ICantFindADecentNick (768907) writes "In a classic case of "think of the children" lawmaking the French senate is debating the "Loppsi 2" law which amongst its wide ranging 48 articles includes more telephone tapping and video surveillence (now renamed video protection) and the right of the police to plant spyware.
Lemonde carries the story here (google translation fairly acceptable)
Zeropaid also has an english language discussion."

+ - Build your own Open Source WAN Optimization Device-> 1

Submitted by trafficsqueezer
trafficsqueezer (1895004) writes "Build your Open Source WAN Optimization device with Traffic Squeezer.

Traffic Squeezer is a free Open-Source Linux WAN Network Traffic Accelerator.

Traffic Squeezer is free software, developed and distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). The software has been made free(open-source) so that it gives you the freedom to use a program, study how it works, improve it, and share it with others.

Traffic Squeezer does WAN Acceleration with the technologies such as Traffic Compression, Traffic PDU Coalescing, Protocol Specific Acceleration (ex: TCP Acceleration Mechanisms), Quality of Service, etc.

Interested user groups/Organizations can test and make us various use-cases of Traffic Squeezer which fits their use-case scenarios, especially optimizing their Satellite based communication links. Traffic Squeezer is FREE Open-Source any one can also participate, support, as well subscribe services."

Link to Original Source

Comment: It's not just partitioning (Score 1) 165

by ICantFindADecentNick (#31295304) Attached to: Exploring Advanced Format Hard Drive Technology
After the "linux doesn't handle it story" a couple of weeks ago I wondered if the mis-alignment was what was causing my poor postgres performance on the WD Caviar Green. After quite a lot of effot moving things around I didn't actually see any noticeable difference. Now I'm left wondering whether the mis-alignment effect is dwarfed by the effort of reading 3.5K of a 4K block for every random 0.5K block write. The fact that the disk is lying to the driver is the big deal here. Does anybody know how to force the linux sd driver to use 4k blocks regardless of the what the disk tells it about blocksize?

Man Uses Drake Equation To Explain Girlfriend Woes 538

Posted by samzenpus
from the less-math-more-social-science dept.
artemis67 writes "A man studying in London has taken a mathematical equation that predicts the possibility of alien life in the universe to explain why he can't find a girlfriend. Peter Backus, a native of Seattle and PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick, near London, in his paper, 'Why I don't have a girlfriend: An application of the Drake Equation to love in the UK,' used math to estimate the number of potential girlfriends in the UK. In describing the paper on the university Web site he wrote 'the results are not encouraging. The probability of finding love in the UK is only about 100 times better than the probability of finding intelligent life in our galaxy.'"

Dad Delivers Baby Using Wiki 249 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the 9cm-edited dept.
sonamchauhan writes "A Londoner helped his wife deliver their baby by Googling 'how to deliver a baby' on his mobile phone. From the article: 'Today proud Mr Smith said: "The midwife had checked Emma earlier in the day but contractions started up again at about 8pm so we called the midwife to come back. But then everything happened so quickly I realized Emma was going to give birth. I wasn't sure what I was going to do so I just looked up the instructions on the internet using my BlackBerry."'"

Canadian Blood Services Promotes Pseudoscience 219

Posted by samzenpus
from the type-A-negative-personality dept.
trianglecat writes "The not-for-profit agency Canadian Blood Services has a section of their website based on the Japanese cultural belief of ketsueki-gata, which claims that a person's blood group determines or predicts their personality type. Disappointing for a self-proclaimed 'science-based' organization. The Ottawa Skeptics, based in the nation's capital, appear to be taking some action."

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen