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Comment: Re:Not a surprise (Score 1) 303

by mnooning (#46880863) Attached to: SEC Chair On HFT: 'The Markets Are Not Rigged'
In theory that would work, but only if it was a system administrator within the stock exchange's server farm itself. He would have to route the TCP/IP packets to an HFT's server instead of the stock exchange servers, and when done, the HFT would have to reroute the packets back to the stock exchange. The number of hops (servers visited) is always part of the packet. So would the HFT's IP address be, being the last "source" to the last incoming stock exchange router. The HFT could become known far too easily.

Comment: Re:Not a surprise (Score -1) 303

by mnooning (#46878201) Attached to: SEC Chair On HFT: 'The Markets Are Not Rigged'
This is the way the supposed scam is supposed to work. You click on "Buy". The TCP/IP (internet) packets magically go from your computer to some HFT trader's computer faster than it can get to the seller's computer. The HFT's computer does the calculations and sends his "Buy" order to the seller, and his packets, again, get to the seller's computer before the original "Buy" packets from the original seller.

The idea is absurd. The possibly thousands of in-between servers of the internet would all have to be rigged. The whole thing would take the cooperation of hundreds of system administrators.

Comment: The court is right (Score 3, Insightful) 427

by mnooning (#46345401) Attached to: YouTube Ordered To Remove "Illegal" Copyright Blocking Notices
With the current wording GEMA looks like the bad guy. What if it read "Unfortunately, this video is not available in Germany because Youtube will not come to agreement with GEMA."? Then youtube would look like the bad guy. "... lack of a licensing agreement between YouTube and GEMA ..." would be neutral.

Comment: Re:Imagine a world... (Score 1) 348

by mnooning (#45866491) Attached to: U.S. Waived Laws To Keep F-35 On Track With China-made Parts

The ensuing decades I mentioned came after the war of 1812, not during. Part of what both you and ebno-10db above are saying is true nonetheless, but only during the years around 1812.

As far as might is concerned, in the 1776 war only 1/3 of our population was for the war and the British still could not win. By 1812 almost all Americans would stand together as one, and America was much more populous as well as prosperous. It would have been impossible for the British to take us on in a land war.

I remember from history class that the British were worried because our merchant vessels seemed to be present no matter what port their ships visited. They knew we were growing in pretty much every way one could think of. I believe my analogy with the China of today fits as far as xenophobia - fear of the unknown - is concerned.

Comment: Re:Imagine a world... (Score 1) 348

by mnooning (#45865309) Attached to: U.S. Waived Laws To Keep F-35 On Track With China-made Parts
Yes indeed.

After the war of 1812 it became clear to Britian that the US was becoming a major force. Over the ensuing decades Britian spent a lot of effort to contain us militarily. We did not care because we had no external designs. China is in our old position. We are in Britians. Let us act on our hopes, not our fears. On the other hand, China already seems to be trying to take control of vast sea and island areas. Ouch.

Comment: Re:Two things: (Score 1) 465

by mnooning (#45552355) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are Tech Job Requirements So Specific?

Yes, internal candidate, but external, too. I have seen it at least 4 times. In the case of my company the people were were from India, China or Italy. One took roughly 6 months to come up to speed, so forget about the "best and brightest" of other lands.

At one large company an IT person with a laundry list of requirements was requested by the legal department. I called the supposed requester and asked what on earth the legal department would want with a software engineer with such a long, detailed list of requirements, or any IT person for that matter, no matter what the requirements. He told me that he just does what the HR department tells him to do. Wow. He made no attempt to hide what was going on. Good for him. The guy who eventually filled the slot was from India and had already been in the company for two months. The requirements were tailored for him. No one else, foreign or domestic, could possibly fill such a set of requirements.

+ - Insourcing of Honduran laborers

Submitted by mnooning
mnooning (759721) writes "At least ten Hondurans were outside of my Pittsburgh PA home today digging ditches for Verizon. They were digging up in preparation for laying down FiOS lines. There were two American supervisors. I attempted to speak with two of the Hondurans but they could not English. They recognized "where are you from" and told me Honduras.

It is apparently cheaper for Verizon to ship in foreign laborers than to pay US laborers."

Comment: Re:Build it! (Score 1) 312

by mnooning (#43062367) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Monitor Setup For Programmers

That was my solution, too. Multiple monitors are a real productivity booster. I have one 21", one 24" and one 27" monitor - from years past - connected to two cheap video cards. If you do not play games you do not not tax your video cards very much. Both of the larger monitors are turned sideways so I can see longer code listings at a glance, and especially see how the if-else clauses line up.

Do *not* put the top of the monitors at eye height. That was great advice in the days of 16 inch monitors.

I made the height of each monitor such that looking straight into a monitor would have my eyes 1/3 the distance from the top. The eyes normally can look up slightly without neck strain. The head can tilt down well without strain.

If you don't want to build a special platform, just buy the right thickness of paper reams and/or wood, as suggested elsewhere.

Loose bits sink chips.