Archive for February, 2011

The strongest defense of index fund investing is that active investors don't win. And that's largely true: analyst projections don't have strong predictive value, mutual funds underperform their benchmarks, and even hedge funds' excess profits are largely absorbed by management fees.

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Posted: February 24th, 2011
at 2:08pm by mnp


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Not only will the lack of a 4G Verizon iPhone likely disappoint everyone who passed on the iPhone 4 in hopes of buying one that would run on Verizon’s fastest network, it also keeps Apple in the middle of the pack behind more muscular Google Android phones. Motorola, HTC and LG are all prepping 4G LTE Android phones, which are among the 10 LTE devices coming to Verizon as early as this spring.

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Posted: February 24th, 2011
at 11:09am by mnp


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Although atomic-resolution electron microscopy has been feasible for nearly four decades, neither electron tomography nor any other experimental technique has yet demonstrated atomic resolution in three dimensions. Here we report the 3D reconstruction of a complex crystalline nanoparticle at atomic resolution. To achieve this, we combined aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy, statistical parameter estimation theory, and discrete tomography.

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Posted: February 24th, 2011
at 11:07am by mnp


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Those are not meant to be knocks against Android, but it is what I glean to be the thought process of non-geek consumers. The same consumers that walk into a Verizon store not knowing what they want already. Verizon knows that the only phone these customers are likely to know about is the iPhone and that matters. That explains why the Droid is basically dead as a heavily promoted brand.

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Posted: February 24th, 2011
at 11:06am by mnp


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In the beginning, I tried applying the things I've learned to my situation. That didn't work. The magic moment really happened when I made peace with the fact that I'd just wasted a good deal of time learning things I didn't really need, believing there was a magic word someone would utter that would launch me into action.

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Posted: February 24th, 2011
at 10:22am by mnp


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Where can we go from here? Well, there are a number of possible options, instead of using whole words, why not use letters to make nonsense words?

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Posted: February 24th, 2011
at 10:15am by mnp


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Beer Advocacy for Ninjas

Thirsty?A I’ve found myself kicking around this site lately, figuring about which beers to drink and which beers to try to brew.A This site lets beer drinkers give grades to their favorite, least favorite, and I-tried-this-because-it-had-a-weedleaf-on-the-bottle brands- a great resource for those interested in bears, uh, beers.A Check out beeradvocate.com

Based in Boston, BA was founded in 1996 by the Alstrom Brothers, Jason & Todd, who provide the site as a free resource to …

-Wake the masses to better beer options.
-Give beer consumers a voice.
-Empower them to learn, share, and advocate.
-Rally to support the beer industry.
-Put the Respect back into Beer.

BA remains solely owned and operated by the Bros, who in addition to providing this online resource publish BeerAdvocate magazine (the only monthly beer magazine of its kind), and organize several Beer Fests and events throughout the year.

"Respect Beer." is their motto.

Personally, I really liked the ShipYard Pumpkinhead….A They clearly hated it:

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Posted: February 24th, 2011
at 9:34am by Black Ock

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Rules can’t replace good management. People aren’t data, and you can’t optimize us with a legal algorithm. (In fact, drawing arbitrary lines makes us act worse, not better.) Hire the employees who already perform as you’d want and need them to and the employee handbook won’t be necessary. Expecting the employee handbook to make subpar employees acceptable isn’t just a recipe for failure — it’s the first sign of a failure in management.

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Posted: February 23rd, 2011
at 9:44pm by mnp


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A prototype implantable eye pressure monitor for glaucoma patients is believed to contain the first complete millimeter-scale computing systemAAnd a compact radio that needs no tuning to find the right frequency could be a key enabler to organizing millimeter-scale systems into wireless sensor networks. These networks could one day track pollution, monitor structural integrity, perform surveillance, or make virtually any object smart and trackable.

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Posted: February 23rd, 2011
at 9:33pm by mnp


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