1. Geoclue and other annoyances - 2021 June 01

    I'm not a fan of some of some apps that "call home" being both installed by default in certain versions of Ubuntu but also keeping open sockets. Some of these changes have happened quietly in software updates with the result that some software that didn't used to call home now does.


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  2. Politics of unproductive debt - 2021 May 16

    Right now we have a large economic debt crisis brewing and THIS DEBT CRISIS STARTED LONG BEFORE THE COVID PANDEMIC. Specifically unproductive debt is at extreme levels and is now starting to create a rather acute debt crisis. The pandemic exposed how much of a problem this really was before making it much worse. Unfortunately everyone is blaming everything on the pandemic when this is an issue that goes back at least an entire decade to the events of the GFC, if not earlier. A massive shift has been seen in political attitudes towards debt in the last few decades. One thing that is for sure is that the answer to resolving the debt trap is not going to be by creating more debt but that seems to be the consensus political position these days, at least for now... But things weren't always like this.


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  3. PFOF and Bernie Madoff - 2021 May 13

    Recently I found out that Bernie Madoff was one of the pioneers of the practice known as Payment For Order Flow.


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  4. The Eddie Murphy trading rule - 2021 May 13

    Ever wondered why the insider trading rules in the commodities markets are referred to as the "Eddie Murphy rule"?


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  5. std::cout and uint8_t - 2021 March 29

    Dealing with fixed width unsigned integer types with input and output can be a bit of a pain, here's a good example of a pitfall that a friend of mine ran into today.


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  6. JIT logistics and tail risks - 2021 March 28

    The grounding of the Ever Given in the Suez canal reminds me once again of the risks of JIT logistics.


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  7. The fmt library - 2021 March 26

    Recently I found out about the fmt library for C++ and I like what I see (so far at least)


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  8. id est - 2021 March 25

    Today I learned that "i.e." is an abbreviation for id est


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  9. Backup of Quora content - 2021 March 23

    Here's some things I posted on Quora that I think have some value, I'm backing them up here before I delete my account on there.


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  10. Deleting my Quora account - 2021 March 22

    I just realized I have an account on Quora that's still live so I'm going to back up my info and delete it soon, here's why.


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