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I will be releasing my own algo trading system open source in Feb, if anyone is interested. I'll do a post on HN once it's released.

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would you share a twitter link so we can be alerted when you release?

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I'm @hitechnomad on twitter. I'll tweet once it's on github. The system I'm open sourcing is my own system for trading on my Interactive Brokers account. It should be able to handle any FIX-based exchange/brokerages. Currently finishing a contract at a bank, and I can't trade on my personal account while I am doing this contract, which is why I am waiting until Feb to post it.

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I use IB too. What language is the framework in ? Java ?

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c++

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Agreed. You could easily argue that in an agrarian society children are an economic benefit (because your wealth is based on working the land), whereas in an urban society having children is an economic burden.

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Me too! I was trying to get a router working, and was pinging slashdot to find out if I was routing to the net. No response from slashdot - hmmmm, must have a network problem at my end. A bit later and I realised the net was up, but slashdot was down. It took me another few hours to realise that the reason slashdot was overwhelmed was because a major world-changing event was happening!

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But what I think is interesting about this story is the effects of a shrinking middle class on a society. Could this be a glimpse into what could happen in Western society if unemployment and the gap between rich and poor continues to grow? Do you think that the number of people perceiving this gap as uncrossable and thus giving up on society will increase over time, or is this a short-term phenomenon (or is the whole thing simply a media beat-up)?

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