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Those are pretty standard in cryptography, the equivalent would be "foo" and "bar".

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A quote from Tanenbaum is mandatory ;)

Cryptographers love tradition. If we were to use "Andy" and "Barbara" as the principals, no one would believe anything in this chapter.

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Ah, that makes sense. I retract my statement.

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You are absolutely right. In matters of love and attraction fortune always favors the bold.

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I love Taleb, I've been following his advice for a few years now and have found that absolutely nothing in my life has changed except having a lot more free time and a lot less stress.

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The consumers can and do. We collectively decided that a .99 cents for a song or $15 for a physical album isn't worth it. Equilibrium will eventually happen, the smart artists are already making money in the new music industry.

The recent HN post about xx comes to mind. http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4504851

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Sure is easy to decide songs aren't worth $0.99 when the alternative is to just take them for free, whether the owner wants you to or not.

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We'd all be doing the same thing with tomatoes and chips if they could be duplicated for the cost of wiggling some electrons back and forth.

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In the words of a good friend of mine: "You wouldn't download a car? Man if I could download a car off the internet for free, you bet your sweet ass I would!"

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Yes and no. The pirating situation isn't that simple. I used to pirate a lot of games, but then Steam came along and I've pretty much not pirated anything since. Pirating was, for me, not just about being free in cost, but also a way to get the games via the internet without having to go into a shop and see if they had it, then possibly wait until they ordered it in. There was also the pain of license keys when they didn't work - it only takes a couple to start making you gun-shy.

Admittedly it's not music and I'm not familiar with the pirating in that arena, but it seems to me that pirating is a more complex beast than most people paint it.

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That link was terrible and had no useful information pertaining to vitamin over usage or its effects.

I did not know it was possible, but here is a much better link those interested.

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/effects-of-taking...

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Econometrics

Econometrics is the science of modeling the economy. But like you said it's pretty much impossible to get calculations correct.

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Seems like these "missing foundations" can easily be remedied by reading a couple of algorithm books.

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You're right. You probably won't need to take any courses to learn all this stuff - this stuff can be easily accessed online. It's definitely crucial for all software developers to have this sort of CS background.

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I think it's still on sale.

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The site was cool but I found it funny how every person on the most wanted list was hispanic or black. But at least only one was because of drugs, the others committed legitimate crimes.

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Very cool! Thanks for the info, that was exactly the type of advice I was looking for. I've only used postgres as a backend for metasploit so my background is limited. I'll definitely do some research and learn more about databases.

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