19 December 1999

Letter responding to "Riding the Mo In the Lime Green Glow" -- NY Times

Resurrected another one of my old letters, viz:
To the Editor:
Your article on day trading highlights its ease, risk and addictive
quality. What is the psychological difference between repeatedly
clicking "submit" on a Web form to trade during the day and pulling a
lever in a casino slot machine? True, the odds may be somewhat more
favorable with stock trading, but both offer minute-by-minute
excitement, the lure of quick riches and the risk of great losses.

Citation of Letter:
December 19, 1999, Sunday, Late Edition - Final
SECTION: Section 6; Page 20; Column 5; Magazine Desk
LENGTH: 72 words
HEADLINE: Riding the Mo In the Lime Green Glow
Mark Gerstein
New Haven

Article Commented on:
Riding the Mo In the Lime Green Glow
And other money-mad moments in the life of a day trader.
Published: November 21, 1999
The stock market opens and Dave Goehl immediately makes a $230 profit on 500 shares of eGroup, which he bought yesterday, by accident. Dave is buying and selling securities on the Nasdaq exchange in his shorts and a T-shirt from the convenience of his spare bedroom. "It's the neatest thing in the world," he says. Taped to the wall in front of him is a list of his daily reminders: to trade 12,000 shares a day, to avoid sticking with losers for too long, to choose each transaction carefully. Dave reminds me, constantly, that "trading is 99 percent emotional," and since trading stocks online in real time with lots of his own money is like roasting marshmallows on the Hindenburg, he must keep his wits about him. On the wall above his desk he reads No. 1 of his "Top 10 Habits of a Successful Trader": "Be Disciplined: Discipline! Discipline! Discipline! Discipline! Discipline!" ....

09 December 1999

A Letter ("Life Beyond the Abacus") in response to "I.B.M. Plans...

Resurrected another old letter of mine that was published in the Times. Here it is...

My Letter:
Life Beyond the Abacus
Published: December 9, 1999
SECTION: Section A; Page 26; Column 6; Editorial Desk
To the Editor:
I.B.M.'s new Blue Gene project (''I.B.M. Plans Supercomputer That Works at the Speed of Life,'' Business Day, Dec. 6) highlights the degree to which molecular biology, driven by the genome project, has become an information science in need of a large amount of information processing. It also underscores how many of the major computational applications and challenges in science are increasingly coming from the life sciences rather than from the more traditional quantitative disciplines in the physical sciences.
New Haven, Dec. 7, 1999

Article Commented on:
I.B.M. Plans a Supercomputer That Works at the Speed of Life
Published: December 6, 1999
Two years ago, when an I.B.M. supercomputer known as Deep Blue beat the world chess champion, Gary Kasparov, it seemed a confirmation of the computer age, a triumph of machine over man. Today, the International Business Machines Corporation is announcing a five-year, $100 million program to build a supercomputer whose ambitions dwarf Deep Blue -- a machine whose purpose is to serve man by shedding light on the inner workings of life...

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01 May 1999

A Letter in response to "Daemon Seed" -- Wired

Resurrected an old letter of mine that was published in Wired. Here it is:

I was surprised that David Bennahum did not discuss how easy it is to tamper
with email. On many computer systems, it's possible to change the body, date,
and header details of a filed message such that no one will detect these
alterations. A case in point: What assurance do we have that the colorful email
evidence in the Microsoft case has not been altered?

My Letter
Issue 7.08 | August 1999
Title: Daemon Seedlings

Article Commented on
Daemon Seed
Issue 7.05 | May 1999
Old email never dies.
By David S. Bennahum
It's almost impossible to hide your email from John Jessen. To him, the word
delete is an invitation. Jessen can restore email from magnetic tapes that have
been overwritten several times, resuscitating information off "deleted" files.
He can read email and documents from obsolete computer systems. Jessen can
capture phantoms; he understands the foibles of wordprocessing programs that
leave undo lists and backups of old edits in hidden parts of files and disks....

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