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7Jan/060

What will Apple announce this week?

Well, it's time for MacWorld San Francisco.   I've used the Democracy plugin to create a poll in my sidebar on the right.  Any ideas on what Apple will announce?   Everyone's expecting some kind of dual core laptop, but what else do people think might be announced?   Feel free to add any ideas that you want.

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7Jan/060

The Kelly Criteron in Blackjack, Sports Betting and the Stock Market

I've been reviewing some papers and math regarding the use of the Kelly Criterion in gambling, and found this link to Ed Thorp's paper on the subject. It's in PDF format, but looks very interesting.

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7Jan/060

Optical mouse based scanner

Courtesy of hack-a-day, a student did something which I thought was rather clever, he disassembled an optical mouse, and hooked the tiny image sensor (18x18 pixels) directly to the parallel port of his computer, and wrote a program to read out the results. I can't immediately think of what use this would be, but I think it's a neat thing anyway.

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