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Comment: Re:Install random delay (Score 1) 342

by mederbil (#46685251) Attached to: Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

This is in fact a terrible idea if your goal is to prevent HFTs.

HFTs will just assume a 3.0s delay since they're making many trades very frequently.

But infrequent traders will have to assume a 5.0s delay because they don't trade enough to invoke the law of large numbers.

So in the end you give HFTs a 2.0s edge for no reason.

Comment: Re:Won't work (Score 1) 342

by mederbil (#46685201) Attached to: Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

HFTs are not front-running. Read this and educate yourself: http://clarkgaebel.com/you-are....

If you don't route your orders correctly, other traders can take advantage of that. Your trade becomes public knowledge when it is filled and other traders can take advantage of that information at other exchanges. There is no knowledge of the rest of your trade being sent to other exchanges, thus it isn't front running. It's basically just a good guess.

Comment: Re:LOL (Score 1) 620

The feds could have transferred his BTC to another wallet. Your backups are of no use when the blockchain insists that those Bitcoins don't belong to you anymore. Correct me if my understanding of Bitcoin is wrong, please.

As for the hacking charge, I'm not sure - but you can read the court docs here - http://www1.icsi.berkeley.edu.nyud.net/~nweaver/UlbrichtCriminalComplaint.pdf. I still need to go through this myself so I won't comment on why there is a hacking charge.

Comment: Too much management (Score 4, Insightful) 278

by mederbil (#44996219) Attached to: How BlackBerry Blew It

As a computer engineering student at the University of Waterloo, I have met many folks who have worked at BlackBerry. Their problem is that they have too much management and not enough development. The entire company consists of tiny teams being micro managed and not coordinating with other teams. They would have done better with large teams, with one very busy manager. This is how every other large and successful tech company I have worked for has been managed. This is the key here, in my opinion.

Comment: Re: Die already Blackberry (Score 2) 120

by mederbil (#44908961) Attached to: BlackBerry Confirms 4,500 Job Cuts, Warns of $950 Million Loss

I'm a student at the University of Waterloo. These people are brilliant professionals. Some other interesting tech company will take its place in Canada's technology sector and hire these people.

Also RIM is a management nightmare. The ratio of managers to designers is 1:3. That's no way to get things done. Let's have a better structured company take over.

Die BlackBerry! Die!

Comment: Re:Why is ONE building costing $ 1.5 Billion ? (Score 4, Informative) 82

by mederbil (#43512663) Attached to: Facebook Revealed As Behind $1.5B "Catapult" Data Center In Iowa

Not to mention a data centre requires much more complex engineering for the systems installed inside of it. It has to be able to get a huge amount of electricity and handle that load, it must be properly and efficiently air conditioned. As well it's probably fitted with all kind of precautionary systems such as argon gas fire extinguishing so as to prevent data loss due to fire.

Comment: X1 Carbon (Score 5, Informative) 271

by mederbil (#43218863) Attached to: Are Lenovo's ThinkPads Getting Worse?

Having just purchased a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon I am finding it to be fantastic. It still feels solid like my ol' T42 and it was considerably less expensive than most (but not all) ultrabooks on the market with comparable specifications.

It has an incredible keyboard (in my humble opinion) and does not look flashy which I consider to be a huge plus.

I'd say the ThinkPad series hasn't changed one bit.

Oh yeah, and they've still got a clit mouse!

PLUG IT IN!!!

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