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Comment Easy to be a critic, harder to suggest alternative (Score 2, Insightful) 538

People like to complain about algo trading and HFT without suggesting how they'd improve it.

Technology and money! Scary!

It is an open market. People use computers to participate now. There are very tricky engineering and social problems involved, but I really don't see anyone suggesting a better way to do things. If a bank needs to exchange dollars for Euros, what should they do? Call someone on the phone because they're afraid of competing in an electronic market?

Comment Trick is not paying microsoft tax (Score 1) 708

If you can find something like the Dell Vostro v13 with linux preloaded (I did this a while back and got a nice ultralight for around 550 USD), you can avoid paying for Windows when you don't really need it.

I run both this v13 with Ubuntu, and a MacBook Pro. The v13 + Ubuntu LTS 64 bit is great but not as polished as the Mac experience. If you don't mind occasional use of a terminal window and more bugs in general I recommend it. It is very usable for me.

Comment Re:As a member of the Vine program... (Score 1) 201

I'm also a member. I have written scathing reviews for products. My goal is to have helpful, highly-rated reviews. This is what makes you eligible for Vine. Writing 5 star reviews of crap products does not satisfy this goal. I think Vine is actually a very well done program.

My Vine reviews *which are clearly marked as such on Amazon*, actually receive lower ratings, as there are groups of people what always vote Vine reviews as not helpful.

It is actually a lot of work write good reviews for stuff. I often have to decline getting free stuff because I don't have time to do a really quality review.

There is a lot of value in a helpful review. That is why buying on Amazon is so great. How many times have you been in a store, ready to buy something, and then check Amazon reviews to make sure it isn't crap first.

Comment Re:A Little Quick Math (Score 1) 436

... one thing I cannot fathom. How the RNC and big business... have managed to still get support from the very people that they shaft over

This is a common pattern, not just in the US. Keep in mind people watch a lot of TV, and the message is, to a large degree, controlled by the very rich and/or large corporations.

Money -> TV / Media -> Influence -> Less Educated / Lower Income Folks -> Support at the Polls

Comment go faster by going slower? (Score 3, Informative) 88

Two bad side effects may be:

- Less merging (which will slow progress)
- More critical bugs triaged as non-critical to avoid blocking releases.

I like the Chrome team's ideas to have multiple branches, only do merges in one direction (towards more stable branches), and making features easily removable so they can be nuked if they are not stable enough to make a release. I'm not sure of a clean way to do the easy code disabling with PHP.

  In general, though, more merging is better than less merging. It will be interesting to see how this pans out for Drupal.


Submission + - Old Sun CEO Oracle blog praises Java in Android (

An anonymous reader writes: Oracle’s recent patent lawsuit against Google on how Android uses Java is contradictory to the apparent joy of former Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz in a blog post he wrote three years ago, which is still hosted by Oracle. In November 2007, Schwartz wrote on his blog 'Congratulations Google, Red Hat and the Java Community!' praising Google’s use of Java in Android. 'I just wanted to add my voice to the chorus of others from Sun in offering my heartfelt congratulations to Google on the announcement of their new Java/Linux phone platform, Android. Congratulations!,' Schwartz wrote. The blog in question is still hosted by Oracle at: but for who knows how much longer. The old portal is now branded as Oracle blogs. Is 'miraculous change of heart' a valid legal argument? A legal analysis of the case recently featured on Slashdot.

Submission + - AMD details upcoming Bulldozer architecture (

Vigile writes: AMD is taking the lid off quite a bit of information on its upcoming CPU architecture known as Bulldozer that is the first complete redesign over current processors. AMD's lineup has been relatively stagnant while Intel continued to innovate with Nehalem and Sandy Bridge (due late this year) and the Bulldozer refresh is badly needed to keep in step. The integrated north bridge, on-die memory controller and large shared L3 cache remain key components from the Athlon/Phenom generation to Bulldozer but AMD is adding features like dual-thread support per core (but with a unique implementation utilizing separate execution units for each thread), support for 256-bit SIMD operations (for upcoming AVX support) all running on GlobalFoundries 32nm SOI process technology.

Microsoft Claims 'We Love Open Source' 464

jbrodkin writes "Everyone in the Linux world remembers Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's famous comment in 2001 that Linux is a 'cancer' that threatened Microsoft's intellectual property. While Microsoft hasn't formally rescinded its declaration that Linux violates its patents, at least one Microsoft executive admits that the company's earlier battle stance was a mistake. Microsoft wants the world to understand, whatever its issues with Linux, it no longer has any gripe toward open source."

Timberwolf (a.k.a. Firefox) Alpha 1 For AmigaOS 152

An anonymous reader writes "We're happy to announce the availability of the first alpha release of Timberwolf, the AmigaOS port of the popular Firefox browser. Timberwolf needs AmigaOS 4.1 Update 2 installed. Please read the documentation for information about usage and limitations. This is an alpha release, meaning it will have a lot of problems still, and be slower than it should be. We are releasing it as a small 'Thank you' to all those that have donated in the past to show that development is still going on. Timberwolf is available on For further information and feedback, check the Timberwolf support forum on"

Submission + - Red Hat Prevails Against Patent Troll Acacia (

walterbyrd writes: Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced that today a jury in federal court in Marshall, Texas, returned a verdict in favor of Red Hat, Inc. and Novell, Inc. in a case alleging patent infringement brought by IP Innovation LLC, a subsidiary of Acacia Research Corporation and Technology Licensing Corporation. The patents at issue were found to be invalid and worthless.

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