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Dan Delany
Zed Shaw is Writing A Book Teaching Beginner Python - http://news.ycombinator.com/item...
"I was taught python in my first programming class. It's a large part of the reason I graduated with Computer Science degree." - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
McAfee quarantines svchost.exe on Windows computers across the world - http://news.ycombinator.com/item...
"...unless their computers are down. :) Seriously though, although there are plenty of algorithms that crawl news all day and trade accordingly, I still think there is money to be made by watching the news with a financial eye. After reading Google's "A New Approach to China" post (which I saw on HN minutes after it was posted), I specifically remember thinking it would be a good time to go long BIDU. And of course, kicked myself after the stock gained ~15% over the next three days. The market responds fast, but not always immediately. I think the opportunity exists because events like this, are like tiny "black swan" events, the lasting effects of which are not immediately perceptible to most people, let alone a computer algorithm. It's easy to write a script to trade on something like "expected earnings were 3c/share, actual earnings 5c/share" but this is complex information. The ability to put the pieces together and realize what a significant outage this is, why it is significant,..." - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
March 2010 Browser Market Share Numbers - http://news.ycombinator.com/item...
"Not very helpful without it's counterpart chart which shows browser versions: http://marketshare.hitslink.com/browser...... IE6 continues it's downward decline, but it's still sad to see it at ~18%" - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
"I propose to disprove your disproval, as the motion blur is actually at a slightly different angle than the angle of the slab/bevel. Also, the motion blur shows some unevenness - it slopes downward at the end of the blur - while the iphone slab is straight. http://img404.imageshack.us/img404..." - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
Did the SEC Bait Goldman into Compounding Its Legal Problems... - http://news.ycombinator.com/item...
"But pragmatically, I'd be happy with any system that doesn't let them walk." - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
SEC Charges Goldman Sachs With Fraud - http://news.ycombinator.com/item...
"Analysis of mortgages, especially tranches of slices of portions of thousands of mortgages, just isn't that easy. That's the entire reason that companies like ACA, who Goldman claimed picked the mortgages, exist: to act as an impartial third party that can analyze and rate the risk of the underlying assets when there are too many for the investor to do it herself. If I sold you one diamond, and you were a shrewd buyer, you'd probably take it somewhere, perhaps to two people, to get it examined and ensure its authenticity. But if I offered to sell you a big ol' bag full of thousands of assorted gemstones, and claimed that everything in the bag was either pure diamond, ruby, emerald or opal, 25% each, you probably wouldn't have the time or money to go through each one and analyze its authenticity. Even if you did, my offer may have expired by the time you do. So instead, I say that the gems were all hand-picked and inspected by the American Gem Trade Association, and that they all..." - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
SEC Charges Goldman Sachs With Fraud - http://news.ycombinator.com/item...
"> By nature of buying a Synthetic CDO the buyers had to know someone was short, why should it matter who it was? Because the party who was short on the product was the same party who created the product, and Goldman did not inform investors of this fact. It's not a matter of just buying and selling. The RMBS's underlying the CDO were packaged by a party who had significant interest in seeing the package blow up. An Oversimplified Analogy: Imagine that I come to you and say, "I have a document that represents 100 mortgages and I'd like to broker a sale. If you buy this document, as long as less than ten of these mortgages go into default, you make money. If more than ten of them go into default, your counterparty in the sale (not me) will make money." "Okay," you say, "that sounds interesting. So where did all these mortgages come from?" "Oh, we got an independent company to pick a bunch of mortgages that they consider fairly safe and that they believe are a good representation of the..." - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
SEC Charges Goldman Sachs With Fraud - http://news.ycombinator.com/item...
"There is a massive difference between expecting the seller to have your best interest at heart, and expecting that the seller will give you accurate information regarding what product they are selling you. The first is naivete. The second is Federal securities law." - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
SEC Charges Goldman Sachs With Fraud - http://news.ycombinator.com/item...
"Incorrect. Goldman didn't just broker this product, they helped construct it. During this process, they allowed Paulson and Co. to add RMBS's to the product that they knew Paulson was short on. It is not their job to take one side or the other, but it is absolutely their job to represent the true nature of the product they are selling. And the fact that the product was constructed specifically so that the people who created the product would profit hugely from its demise is incredibly important material information. > Goldman may have even thought Paulson & Co were the fools Wrong. The entire point of this case is that GS knew two facts: Paulson & Co. helped construct the fund, and they also held a short position. GS is smart enough to know that someone who shorts their own product is not a fool, they're a con man. Or as Goldman probably saw it, a shrewd businessman." - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
iPhone apps with Unity or LUA - http://news.ycombinator.com/item...
"No. It's undoubtedly a bad bet to put your time and energy into creating a product that is in direct violation of the policies of the store in which you plan to sell the product. I'm not saying they will definitely ban you, I'm saying the risk of putting all your eggs in the Unity or Lua basket and getting banned vastly outweighs the potential reward of a lucrative app." - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
Amazon introduces new service: Simple Notification Service - http://news.ycombinator.com/item...
"It's even better than that: First 100,000 Amazon SNS API Requests *per month* are free" - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
An estimated 700,000 iPads bought on day one - http://news.ycombinator.com/item...
"Your anecdotal experience is not valid evidence that 700k iPads were not sold." - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
Ask HN: please review my app - html to pdf API - http://news.ycombinator.com/item...
"First of all, I don't know how well wkhtmltopdf works, but there are many, many solutions to the HTML-to-PDF problem, and most of them suck. It's not surprising the creator decided to put together a library from scratch, it's the special sauce for his business. Secondly, the "value add" comes from the fact that wkhtmltopdf is a library, and PDFcrowd is an API." - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
China's instructions on reporting on Google - http://news.ycombinator.com/item...
"Right, but they're not threatening to sell their treasury notes, they're continuing to hoard them, which keeps Chinese exports artificially competitive, which is a problem for the US. China would have a problem if they wanted to sell, but they don't; they're content to hold our debt, collect interest payments, and use the leverage to manipulate their currency. See also:http://www.nytimes.com/2010..." - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
Comparison of YC, TechStars, Founders Institute, and Fenwick Financing Documents - http://news.ycombinator.com/item...
Dan Delany
The Key To Gmail: Sh*t Umbrellas - http://news.ycombinator.com/item...
"Buzz, Wave, and Gmail Chat (including Video) aren't enough for you? How about Gmail Labs, which didn't exist 2 years ago, but now lets you skin Gmail, use keyboard shortcuts, embed youtube videos, etc. etc.? Calendar integration, a better text editor, embedded photos, multiple simultaneous attachment uploads w/ progress bars, better filters, incrementally better spam protection, plus the fact that I now have 7.5 gigs of space in my inbox, any of these ringing a bell? I think you grossly underestimate the amount of things they've accomplished in the past year. Facebook releases with grandiose redesigns, prompting temporary revolts among their users. Gmail improves incrementally, so much so that I can't imagine living without it as my primary e-mail client, but the sense of novelty that comes with a massive redesign is lost. Personally, I prefer Gmail's approach." - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
"Thanks, I wasn't aware of this. If you're wondering, here's what Helvetica can look like in Windows: http://www.nivas.hr/pub... It's bad enough that Microsoft ripped off Helvetica, making it look crappy on the web is downright mean ;)" - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
Amazon Fires Colorado Associates - http://news.ycombinator.com/item...
"> how do you propose he control it? by writing his senator? Um, yes." - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
Amazon Fires Colorado Associates - http://news.ycombinator.com/item...
"I couldn't agree more. Here are the two sponsors of the bill: http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir...... http://www.senrollieheath.com/ If you live in Colorado, contact them and let them know what you think." - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
Advertising is devastating to my well-being - http://news.ycombinator.com/item...
"> Ars is being dishonest with their advertisers, who are paying for attention, not rendering processes. So, once again, fuck'em. No they're not. Advertisers understand perfectly well that only a fraction of rendered ads actually gain a reader's attention. > Second, if they're paying a tenth of a cent to render a page, they need a better host! This was very obviously a made up number, not the thrust of my argument. Whether it's a tenth of a cent or a thousandth doesnt matter. > Third, I would imagine that the cost they might be trying to cover is the cost of writing the article, not the negligible cost of serving it. Again, probably true, but not the point of my argument. They have to cover costs with revenue, whether those costs are hosting or paying their staff. > In any case, fuck'em. I actually enjoy reading Ars, and therefore, would prefer not to, thanks." - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
Advertising is devastating to my well-being - http://news.ycombinator.com/item...
"> 'costing them money' and 'denying them revenue' are the same thing No they're not. The point I was making is that you necessarily cost them money every time you visit a page, but by blocking the ad, you're also denying them the revenue that would balance out that cost. > But content providers like Ars want to mislead their customers into thinking they are getting something for free I think that even the least savvy of Internet users understand the advertising model. No one is "misled" to believe that running a site like Ars costs nothing. They're not "pretending to be free" any more than a newspaper full of ads is." - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
"I agree completely. I think many ad networks are precisely the reason people end up installing ad blockers. Others filter and target very effectively (The Deck, among others). I think there is a great space in the market right now for non-sleazy, well-targeted and well-designed post-ad-network ad networks, and I think the author's fits the bill nicely. It just seems a little silly to promote your forward-thinking foray into the ad network space under the blanket statement of "I Hate Ad Networks". :) From the site: "We already have strong business relationships with all the top retailers and ShopStyle gets paid for driving them traffic. Why not distribute ShopStyle around our sites?" They act as if this is a brand new idea, when in fact this was the impetus behind ad networks in the first place. Theirs just happens to be a particularly well-implemented one." - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
"Double irony bonus: it's an ad for a glorified ad network." - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
"Gotta love subroutines without explicit variables, causing comments like: ValidateMove() ' in: ypos, xpos, h, moveDirection ret: invalidMove = 1 or -1 or 2 if move is invalid, otherwise 0If I were a little kid, that would look like Greek to me." - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
Advertising is devastating to my well-being - http://news.ycombinator.com/item...
"Exactly. Their statements aren't about ethics, they're about business. When they tried not serving content to ad blockers, "there was a healthy mob of people criticizing us for daring to take any kind of action against those who would deny us revenue." This ignorance of Ars' business model led them to write a post to try and explain to people how they use advertising, and why ad blockers are bad for the future of their site. Anyone who understands this argument should also understand that deliberately harming the business of a site you like is just dumb, especially over something as minor as "I don't like to look at that!" It's interesting to me that Brian's post completely ignores Ars' content-blocking experiment, especially because it was the entire impetus for their post. To me, it seems like a perfectly reasonable policy, I'd be interested to hear if he thinks it's as "garish and hideous" as displaying ads in the first place." - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
Advertising is devastating to my well-being - http://news.ycombinator.com/item...
"Sorry, I don't buy it. Advertisers do not expect to get a purchase for every view, they're just trying to get your attention so they can pitch you their business idea. If they're able to get you to listen, and you think that the advertiser's service adds value to your life, you might pay for it. If not, your lack of a purchase is a statement to the business that, yes, you understand their service, but it's not helpful to you. If everyone does this, the advertiser's business model probably isn't very good, just like a brick-and-mortar store that lots of people walk through without buying anything. This is the way business works, if you can't get a profitable number of people interested enough to spend money, your business fails, OTOH, every time you load an Ars page without loading the ad, you cost them money and deny them revenue. This time, Ars is the business, and you're confirming that their service provides value in your life, but you're refusing to pay the cost that goes along..." - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
Advertising is devastating to my well-being - http://news.ycombinator.com/item...
"> This is a little bit silly. By not watching ads, I am screwing somebody? Yes. As Ars said explicitly in their post, every time you choose to block the rendering of an ad on their page, their ad provider does not count the impression, and they do not get paid anything. So yes, you're directly screwing Ars by costing them money, denying them revenue, and nullifying their business model. > If a web site asks people who hate ads to watch ads, they are screwing the people who pay for the ads. In the first instance, "screwing" means "putting out of business". In the second, it means "mildly inconveniencing". > If I block ads, the site should have a higher conversion rate Again, if you'd read Ars' post, you would know that they are paid on impressions, not conversion rate." - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
Dan Delany
Advertising is devastating to my well-being - http://news.ycombinator.com/item...
"> Ars has no right to demand your attention on their ads, so fuck'em. Ars isn't demanding that you pay attention to the ads, they're asking you to simply render them, so that their ad provider counts the impression and pays them the tenth of a cent that covers the bandwidth you just used to load the page. That doesn't seem like much to ask." - Dan Delany
Dan Delany
Berkeley start-up launches *slick* iPhone app for visual search - http://news.ycombinator.com/item...
"I just did an experiment: I took a picture of a box of "Nueva Cocina" brand red beans and rice, once with the logo obscured, and once with the logo visible. Neither image returned a brand name ("Red Beans and Rice" & "Red Beans and Rice Box"), even though most of my other attempts have. Most puzzling though - I took a third picture, a close up of the logo with only the letters "VA CO" visible in the image. The response: "Viva Cocina". What does this mean? If it was truly an algorithm, it should have been able to associate the logo with "Nueva Cocina" correctly, which it did not. But the fact that the response was remarkably close to correct leads me to think that not only is this crowdsourced, the same person must have gotten two of my images in a row, and just forgot the exact brand name. WTF? A bit creepy." - Dan Delany
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