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James Long
Works at Crop Quant, Economist, and magnanimous cocktail party host.
Attended University of Kentucky
Lives in Southampton, Bermuda
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+Jeffrey Horner & +Chris when you all did analysis with UltraSignup finish time data was that manually assembled or is there an easier way to pull the data? Api or csv repo?

I was thinking about this: https://github.com/fonnesbeck/ultra_race_results


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Thanks! Will do. 
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They had me at "old school point and click prop trader." Great article on how one trader in London did... or maybe didn't... cause the flash crash. 

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-04-21/guy-trading-at-home-caused-the-flash-crash
Also he was pretty obvious about spoofing for five years, but got away with it by being rude.
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23 Apr 2015. Your Password is Too Damn Short. I'm a little tired of writing about passwords. But like taxes, email and pinkeye, they're not going away any time soon. Here's what I know to be true, and backed up by plenty of empirical data: No matter what you tell them, users will always choose ...
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Xiamen China. Yet again, I find myself on an island.
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I came close to finding out what Shanghai was all about. F1 raced there this past weekend, which would have been cool to see...
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So, +Duncan Foster I presume you've seen these...
Teenage Engineering's new line of 8-bit music makers will make you a little bit Moroder and a little bit Miyamoto, all at once.
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Wow... Good for them!

And that surround sound is pretty awesome. Reminds me of the store displays that Bose us to do to illustrate why you want surround. 
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"So we have two problems:

We are not genetically equipped to think logically or scientifically; such thinking is a very recent tool of our species that must be learned and, with great effort, “overwritten.” Furthermore, it’s likely that we are programmed to identify and replicate the behavior of others, rather than think independently, and independent thought may actually cause emotional distress.
The signal (truly valuable behaviors worth mimicking)-to-noise (all unworthy behaviors) ratio is so low—virtually zero—today that the folks who have not been able to “overwrite” their genetic tendency for problem solving are doomed to confusion and likely poor decision making."

Yeah, I think that seems about right. 
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I honestly try to be respectful of SAS. But, um. WTF does this mean?

The amount of poop in my kid's diaper does not refer to the volume, but rather how expansive it is.

Yeah, sounds stupid doesn't it?
 
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Upon looking at this in the morning I see that SAS had little to do with the comment I found perplexing. However SAS pulled it out of Jake's presentation and used it in a blog post.

Largely I'm fatigued by software companies basically making stuff up that sounds exciting (at least to them) and then using that to breathlessly pimp software. Possibly I'm just getting old. And you kids need to get off my lawn. Meh. 
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PBR and chicken claws. Y'all coming for dinner, or what? 
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I have no idea who has the license. I naively didn't realize many US beer brands were setting up production in China. In particular brands like PBR which is a bit marginal in the US. 
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My Windows 7 VM running in VMware Fusion on Mac was grinding to a halt and would develop UI lag of up to a second or two if the VM had been running for a couple of days. Without changing the OS at all I removed VM Ware tools and imported the VM into Parallels. It runs great with no lag at all. It feels like a new machine. Confirming my suspicions that virtual machines are simply magical and mysterious. 
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This is impressive.  And scary
"Equation Group" ran the most advanced hacking operation ever uncovered.
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I stumbled on a household income graph for a zip code in West TN and I was struck by how peculiar the shape of the distribution is. Clearly non-Gaussian. Bimodal? Trimodal? Uniform up to 100K then a different uniform above 100K? Distributions like this make modeling things difficult sometimes. 
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This is absolutely what popular visualization software are guilty of. When you calculate mean and standard deviation of this spread assuming normal distribution you are screwed. 
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Here's what's wrong with technology firms in one slide (arrow added by me). Poor collaboration is the ONLY business problem on that list. All the other points are IT issues. 

Source: http://www.slideshare.net/echo4sharepoint/a-business-users-guide-to-getting-the-most-out-of-sharepoint-2013
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Yeah things like 'decision making made on inaccurate data' would be better.
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Risk Economist & Itinerant Data Tinkerer.
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