Four short links: 10 August 2010

Rational Smoking, Latency Poor, NLP Cites, Security Podcast

  1. Smoking and Ill Health: Does Lay Epidemiology Explain the Failure of Smoking Cessation Programs Among Deprived Populations?Here we pose the question of whether the poorer life chances of those who continue to smoke in effect constitute a rational disincentive to their avoidance or cessation of smoking. (via bengoldacre on Twitter)
  2. Scaling the New Bar for Latency in Financial NetworksSince the first trade to the market gets the best price, the delivery of a buy or sell order must be as fast as possible. Just a little more than a year ago, firms were concentrating on removing milliseconds from their network; today, a mere 250 nanoseconds make a difference. (via economicsnz on Twitter)
  3. Cataloging Bibliographic Data with Natural Language and RDF (OKFN) — In the grand tradition of W3C IRC bots, I’ve started some speculative work on a robot that tries to understand natural language descriptions of works and their authors and generates RDF. It is written in Python and uses ORDF, the NLTK and FuXi.
  4. Eurotrash Security — European infosec podcast. Latest episode features Ivan Ristic on SSL. (via ivanristic on Twitter)
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  • Pedro Andrade

    Hi,
    Just to let you know there’s a link error on the 4.
    (h)http://www.eurotrashsecurity.eu/index.php/Episodes

    And thank you for your all time research !

  • Nat Torkington

    @Pedro: Thanks! I’ve corrected it. And you’re welcome–feel free to suggest any links you think are relevant. I’m nathan@torkington.com in email and @gnat on Twitter.

  • Alex Tolley

    Re: Scaling the New Bar for Latency in Financial Networks

    We might want to ask why this is so important? The answer is that “algorithmic trading” is really more about “front running” orders to scalp the order flow transactions.

    This offers no value to the price discovery of the market, nor, improved liquidity to reduce transaction costs.

    We’d bee better off removing this loophole to allow privileged players to “bacon slice” the market to extract profits.