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Comment Re:Truth or dare... (Score 1) 617

- Find a better Brokerage account to use (without an account minimum you need to maintain)
- Don't waste you're time trading with $2500, put it in a high Interest savings account (ok, they don't pay much) and get back in when you have more funds to invest
- Put it all on Black on the roulette table (May as well if you're entire "investment" is in one stock).

Comment Re:Truth or dare... (Score 1) 617

It's more like someone wants to buy for 1.21 and someone wants to sell for 1.20, and the trade goes thought at 1.201, with the HFT skimming the 0.001 off the trade.

From the retail investor's view:
1. I want to buy 1,000 shares at 1.20.
2. The HFT is willing to sell them to me at a slightly higher cost
3. Trade gets executed at 1.201.
4. It costs me $1 for the trade to be executed quickly (against the HFT) rather than wait for the bid/ask spread to hit my trade (possibly costing me much more than $1 as the price trends up).

Now if I'm an institutional investor, whole different story when trading 1,000,000 shares.

Comment Re:House Divided (Score 1) 304

I use Cobian as well, backing up to a Truecrypt volume on an external hard drive. Every month or so, I swap my current backup drive with the drive I store off site (at my desk at work).

Being encrypted, I 'm not too worried if it walks at work, and the data isn't my most current copy. And if my primary backup and off site backup are both destroyed by the same event, then I've likely got MUCH BIGGER problems to worry about than my old tax returns and photos.

Submission + - XMarks Shutting Down (

Xoron101 writes: Sadly, Xmarks will be shutting down our free browser synchronization service on January 10, 2011. This page contains details on how to transition to recommended alternative services. For more detail on why we're closing our doors, please see our blog post.

Best regards,
-Team Xmarks

Comment Re:If the quality is good enough. (Score 1) 1115

I agree. Here is what I was thinking about (in the shower no less) this morning

How about the movie / music / tv industries provide a pay portal. A site where people would just go and pay "what they feel is appropriate" for a work?

So it would work something like this. Make the movie / song / tv show and distribute it via the normal avenues. Let the rest of us obtain, distribute, and pay what we feel is appropriate for the work. So lets say one was to download an NBC tv series that is from via P2P. It turns out quite a good show and one enjoys it. You might figure that's worth somewhere in $1-5 per episode.

Then one could browse over to and pay the amount directly to NBC

The best thing is that 90% of this is already in place and NBC wouldn't need to invest in much new infrastructure to capture the revenue. The only missing bit is the website where one can pay for it. At least way, they would be capturing some of the lost revenue from "pirating".
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Journal Journal: Computer Engineering Barbie

So the internet voted and decided that Barbie's next job is computer engineering.. Having grown up playing with Barbies, gotten into computer programming through the Barbie fashion games (which I wanted to hack for better options), and finishing up a computer engineering degree, I think this has gotta be one of the most awesome things ever. But, I wonder if it'll have any effect on

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Submission + - DVD Ripper for Mac-Mac DVD Ripper Software Rip DVD (

An anonymous reader writes: DVD Ripper for Mac, powerful Mac DVD ripper software ripping DVD movie to video/audio files, can rip DVD to MPEG, rip DVD to AVI, WMV, DivX, etc. in great Mac DVD ripping quality.

Apple Orders 10 Million Tablets? 221

Arvisp writes "According to a blog post by former Google China president Kai-Fu Lee, Apple plans to produce nearly 10 million tablets in the still-unannounced product's first year. If Lee's blog post is to be believed, Apple plans to sell nearly twice as many tablets as it did iPhones in the product's first year."

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