Saturday, December 18, 2010

Stock Market Game is Rigged: Attack of the 'Bots

I can't link or quote - because it's not online yet, but the very latest issue of wired magazine has 2 (or at least 2) very interesting bits of information relevant to investing individuals.

Buy the 'artificial intelligence' issue and look for the article 'Bull vs. Bear vs. Bots'. It won't help you understand why markets behave they do - it will make you come to terms with the fact that you CANT understand it because it was programmed that way.

Another bit found - in the 'Jargon Watch' mini-section (page 38), look for 'Quote Stuffing'.

Makes you realize that 'trading' is a fixed game - and the house always wins. Or is at least programmed to - can you beat the machine?


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Someone really hates perforce

Sure - I'm not 'in-love' with the tool. But I learned to live with it. Our geeky Linux guys LOVE the console and emacs combo. For me? Not so much. I did install the standalone version at home and use it for my free-ware within a visual studio environment. I even managed to use it with a Unity3D project at work. So the devil isn't so bad... except for this dude:

Dear Perforce: f*** you.

... which was forward to me at work.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Bonds pummeled today

Safe-haven no more?

Financial Times:US Treasuries hit by biggest sell-off in two years
US Treasuries suffered their biggest two-day sell-off since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, following a torrid month that has seen borrowing costs for western governments soar.

Germany, Japan and the US have all seen their benchmark market interest rates rise by more than a quarter in the past month while the UK’s has risen by nearly a fifth.

Continue reading at link...

Or is it something bigger? Another Lehman type crash?

No cheer.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Chrome OS Netbooks are coming

Will you really detach from the offline? Opt to never have your pictures at high res on your hard drive? I made fun of the iPad... until I bought one. So what do I know?


Google lays out Chrome strategy
Google Inc. on Tuesday announced a pilot program for users and businesses interested in sampling the company’s new Chrome operating system, marking a significant milestone in its efforts to wrest control of computing platforms away from rival Microsoft Corp.

Google (GOOG 587.15, +0.01, +0.00%) said at a public event held in San Francisco that it’s not yet ready to release completed versions of its Chrome operating system this year, as had once been anticipated.