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Comment This is not insider trading! (Score 5, Insightful) 740

In the U.S. of A. the term "insider trading" applies only to share/stock trading, where it is illegal.

Those not trading stocks - such as commodities, bonds or spot FX need not concern themselves with such nonsense. Trading on material non-public information is perfectly legal in those markets.

Comment Need an Android flip! (Score 2) 396

What this world needs is a flip phone that runs Android. Touch-screen is a huge PITA when you wear gloves or your hands are wet. Not having a physical keyboard gives rise to annoyances like having to wait for a proximity server time-out + screen wake-up (press "1" for English).

Sliders have the keyboard - but they don't protect the screen!

Btw, the last flip smartphone seems to have been Blackberry Style....


Submission + - The Great Global Warming Fizzle

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Economics trumps the environment as negotiators leading the push to keep UN climate talks on track and come up with a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, set to expire next year, are fighting a sense of despondency as the struggle to save the euro has pushed the struggle to save the planet down the priority list. "A funny thing happened on the way to the climate apocalypse," writes Bret Stephens. "Namely, the financial apocalypse." The US, Russia, Japan, Canada and the EU have all but confirmed they won't be signing on to a new Kyoto while the Chinese and Indians won't make a move unless the West does. "The notion that rich (or formerly rich) countries are going to ship $100 billion every year to the Micronesias of the world is risible, especially after they've spent it all on Greece," adds Stephens. Meanwhile some leading voices on climate science have suggested that the Kyoto Protocol be put to pasture and that clinging to hopes of a renewal of that agreement does more harm than good in achieving meaningful dialogue on how to fight climate change. When the agreement was negotiated in the 1990s, the world was more clearly divided into 'rich and poor' countries. However China and India, have seen unexpectedly strong economic growth since then and now make up 58 per cent of global emissions. "Against this backdrop, it is no surprise that countries such as Japan, Canada and Russia adamantly refuse to assume new binding targets unless the other major economies at present outside Kyoto's reach — most notably, the United States and China — do so as well,'' writes Elliot Diringer, executive vice-president of the U.S.-based Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. "And for now, the odds of that happening are nil.""

Submission + - Inside Applied Materials, the unsung hero of Silic ( 1

MrSeb writes: "In the shadow of major semiconductor manufacturers, a little-known but crucial company called Applied Materials has plied its trade for almost 45 years. Inside every Intel, GlobalFoundries, and TMSC silicon chip foundry, there are Applied Materials machines performing some of the finest handiwork known to man. It isn’t just chips, either: Applied provide the systems that enable Samsung and LG to make LCD displays, and Suntech and JA Solar to create photovoltaic solar power cells. Basically, if a company deals in silicon wafers, it’s almost guaranteed that Applied Materials equipment governs most or all of the fabrication process. But what exactly is the relationship between Applied Materials and its customers? Better yet, if GloFo and Intel both use the same machinery, why is one stuck at 45nm, while the other is forging ahead with 22nm FinFETs? Here, ExtremeTech takes a walk through the halls of perhaps the most important but least celebrated company in all of Silicon Valley."

Comment Headhunter is disposable, who cares about resume? (Score 1) 344

1) Headhunters are dying like flies in a recession. That's the nature of a business cycle. Headhunters make a ton of money for picking up a phone during the boom times, but they really take it on a chin during a downturn. So - don't be afraid, tell Zeke where to shove it, and find somebody else to make a dime off of your labors.

2) Your resume is not your confession. It's an ad - nothing more or less. The function of your resume is to get you a face-to-face interview. From that point on, you're on your own. On the other hand, lying on an employment application form will get you dismissed...

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