U.S. stock markets were struck Wednesday by the latest in a series of technical problems that have undermined investor confidence, as high order volume triggered unusual price swings in about 150 stocks.
Knight Capital Group Inc., one of the market’s largest brokerages, said it was probing software problems and told clients to send their orders to other firms as a wave of orders shook the market and prompted exchanges to halt trading in some securities.
With some securities seen changing hands at 20 times their normal rate, the problems drew scrutiny from regulators already examining whether some other high-profile stock-market …(wsj)
WordPress 3.4 is here and out the door. We’ve dubbed this release “Green” in honor of guitarist Grant Green whose soulful simplicity has kept many of us company during this release. This release includes significant improvements to theme customization, custom headers, Twitter embeds, and image captions — here’s a short clip with the highlights.
Dat het bij het CBR jarenlang een chaos was wisten we al. Het bedrijf werd lang geleid door mensen die vooral bezig waren met het verhogen van hun eigen salaris. Nu blijkt dat die mensen ook een financiële puinhoop achterlieten bij het interne pensioenfonds. Omdat er voortdurend werd geschoven met miljoenen, wist niemand op een gegeven moment nog hoeveel er in kas zat. Daarover schrijft De Telegraaf.Volgens een commissie van professoren die het onderzoek begeleidde, is er ’een serie onregelmatigheden variërend in ernst’ geconstateerd.
De directie en raad van toezicht lieten de problemen volgens ondervraagde oud-leidinggevenden jarenlang voortbestaan door een erg losse bestuurscultuur. Het was tot een jaar of zeven terug bijvoorbeeld normaal dat er notulen werden opgemaakt van vergaderingen die nooit plaats hadden gevonden.
Het toezicht stond onder leiding van mevrouw Dian van Leeuwen-Schut.Inderdaad, van de VVD (meer
Music video by Miles Kane performing Come Closer from the album ‘Colour of the Trap‘ 2011.
Miles Kane (born 17 March 1986) is an English musician originally from Meols on the Wirral, best known as the co-frontman of The Last Shadow Puppets and former frontman of The Rascals. He was formerly the vocalist and lead guitarist for The Rascals, but announced the band’s break-up in August 2009.
Lon Seidman knew he wasn’t going to get rich from his three-hour video discussion of the Curiosity rover landing on Mars. The local media entrepreneur did a live Google+ Hangout about the event and posted the resulting video to YouTube, expecting it would earn him a few bucks and attract some new readers to his site, CT Tech Junkie. During the discussion, Seidman played a number of NASA videos about the Curiosity mission. He knew he was on safe ground because works of the federal government are automatically in the public domain.
So he was surprised to find that no fewer than five other media organizations (mostly television stations, including some from overseas) had “claimed” the content of his video through YouTube’s Content ID system.(more)
When is the public domain for once real public domain?
Data doesn’t invade people’s lives. Lack of control over how it’s used does.
What’s really driving so-called big data isn’t the volume of information. It turns out big data doesn’t have to be all that big. Rather, it’s about a reconsideration of the fundamental economics of analyzing data.
For decades, there’s been a fundamental tension between three attributes of databases. You can have the data fast; you can have it big; or you can have it varied. The catch is, you can’t have all three at once.
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Albert-László Barabási explains that if we would solve diseases in the way we repair cars, we are missing basic blocks of knownledge. He shows a currently b built network map of diseases to find this out. He sees a big opportunity for the medical world to solve diseases if they would take more steps in this area. Other things he wrote about.
Slender is een psychologisch survival/ horror videospel dat het internet stormenderhand verovert. Slender blijkt vreselijk eng, spannend en nogal een stressvolle aangelegenheid, als je reacties leest als: ‘Ik piste in mijn broek van angst’ en ‘Ik heb het na 5 minuten uitgezet, ik durf niet verder…’.
In het spel moet je, lopend door een donker bos een zaklamp, acht verschillende pagina’s verzamelen, terwijl je door iets of iemand –Slender Man -wordt achtervolgd.
Zoals elk jaar is er weer een puzzel om de locatie van ons familieweekend mee te bepalen! Het is mij als ex-Zeeman dan ook een genoegen om de kapstampuzzel van 2012 te mogen presenteren.
Ik kreeg als opdracht mee om de geolocatie van het familieweekend om te zetten in een criptische puzzel. De uitdaging is dus om aan de hand van de criptische vragen de exacte geolocatie van de voordeur van het verblijf te raden.
If you are insured by Progressive, and they owe you money, they will defend your killer in court in order to not pay you your policy.
The trial was a real shitshow for my parents, and I did not love it either. As it happens, the jury did find that the other driver was negligent, which, if justice or decency are priorities for Progressive, will result in them finally honoring Katie’s policy. At this point, I hope you’ll forgive me if I wait for it to actually happen.(more)
The home of golf’s Masters championship, which has faced increasing criticism because of its all-male membership, invited former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to become the first women in green jackets when the club opens for a new season in October.Both women accepted (more)
Augusta National, which opened in December 1932 and did not have a black member until 1990, The club has a long tradition of not revealing its members. It also traditionally offered memberships to the chief executive of IBM, a sponsor of the Masters. After Virginia Rometty became IBM’s CEO in January, Augusta leaders found themselves in an awkward spot. In April, when Payne was peppered with media questions about the issue, he refused to answer, saying he would not publicly discuss membership issues. The club is believed to have a membership of about 300. So women now make up .6 percent of the total.
In more than six years of spying on Muslim neighborhoods, eavesdropping on conversations and cataloguing mosques, the New York Police Department’s secret Demographics Unit never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation, the department acknowledged in court testimony unsealed late Monday.
The NYPD is the largest police department in the nation and Mayor Michael Bloomberg has held up its counterterrorism tactics as a model for the rest of the country. After The Associated Press began reporting on those tactics last year, supporters argued that the Demographics Unit was central to keeping the city safe. Galati testified that it was an important tool, but conceded it had not generated any leads.
Galati testified as part of a lawsuit that began in 1971 over NYPD spying on students, civil rights groups and suspected Communist sympathizers during the 1950s and 1960s. The lawsuit, known as the Handschu case, resulted in federal guidelines that prohibit the NYPD from collecting information about political speech unless it is related to potential terrorism.
Civil rights lawyers believe the Demographics Unit violated those rules. Documents obtained by the AP show the unit conducted operations outside its jurisdiction, including in New Jersey. The FBI there said those operations damaged its partnerships with Muslims and jeopardized national security.