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Comment Re:Meanwhile... (Score 1) 239

Interesting. Usually, I would have expected Farkas to wiggle out with the help of $$ and serve little to no time, which is the case with almost every rich guy. But in this case, it seems that he is still serving time! From Wikipedia:

Farkas is currently serving his sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution, Williamsburg, a facility in South Carolina that holds minimum and medium security inmates, and is scheduled for release in 2037

Comment Re:Its about revering life, I think (Score 1) 145

Religion? Eating meat? Utter nonsense. I know this is Slashdot and no one RTFA, but if you have a claim, you can quickly look it up using the Ctrl-F supercombo key.

India is following a global trend to phase out animal dissection, or to make it voluntary, despite opposition from scientists who say that the experience is impossible to replicate with models.

India’s ban comes after pressure from animal-rights groups such as the Indian arm of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), based in Mumbai, which used Bollywood celebrities in a high-profile campaign to bring college students on side

Comment Re:R or WEKA ... Wait, What Exactly Are You Doing? (Score 3, Informative) 146

Why do you think R is not easy to implement? My company has been using SAS for a long time and we are finally making the change to R. As far as OP's requirements are concerned, I think R is way superior to SAS or SPSS because of its free, modular nature. It is clean, simple and suitable for a wide range of users. The commercial packages are filled with way too much business lingo garbage for me.

I personally think commercial support is overrated. I can install software on my own. I know how to browse through manuals and other information to find what I need. For a package like R, I almost always get any questions answered in at most few hours on online forums. So what exactly do I get from commercial support for my money? But, if OP needs commercial support, there is an enterprise edition of R by Revolution Analytics located here: Might be worth looking into.

Bottom line: R all the way.

Comment Theoretical analysis (Score 3, Informative) 264

OP hasn't mentioned a lot except budget. Since you are on such a tight budget, I would highly recommend doing some theoretical analysis first. Do you have a serial code? How much parallelism exists in the code? You say the task is 'very parallel', but Amdahl's law (which is really common sense) will tell you that even for small amounts of serial sections of code, your speedup will be limited. You should also consider the amount of time the code actually runs. Achieving a speedup of 2 for a serial code that runs for one minute is near worthless.

After you estimate speedup, do some rough calculations on the basis of average cost of a processor and the the number of processors required. This should give you an estimate of the hardware cost required. Compare that with the cost of CPU cycles per dollar you get using a cloud service such as Amazon.

Submission + - Samsung Galaxy S2 banned in Europe (

Warlord88 writes: A Dutch court has sided with Apple and banned the sale of Samsung Galaxy smart phones in Europe — prompting Samsung to quickly change the phones in question. It's the latest salvo in the current war over mobile phone design and patents between various companies.

Comment Re:Customizable Kernel (Score 1) 339

This is purely my guesswork, but I think that the benefits would be marginal. An improvement of 1 fps might not be convincing for game devs to modify the kernel. However, if you can execute even a single trade before others do, and multiply it by the number of trades executed per second (which must be in millions), the profit margin would be non-trivial.

Comment Customizable Kernel (Score 4, Interesting) 339

As mentioned in the summary, linux allows the firms to modify the OS kernel to serve their purpose. For example, the performance of trading algorithms would considerably degrade if context switching is allowed. So you can modify the kernel so as to dedicate certain cores for the main algorithms to which the OS can pass a very limited number of signals.

I know for a fact that at least one bank employs this in their high frequency trading group and probably all of them do.

Comment Re:Article lacks important information (Score 1) 66

To me, it seems like a simple Machine Learning problem. The number of common friends will obviously be the most influencing input parameter followed by school, work place, etc.

Unless someone makes me understand the complexities underneath, I am going to assume that anyone can solve this problem by taking one course in Machine Learning.

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