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by GiusCo
January 10th, 2011, 8:12 am
Forum: Programming and Software Forum
Topic: FIVE years from now: can you predict the Software Landscape in anno 2023?
Replies: 737
Views: 238471

Three years from now: can you predict the Software Landscape in anno 2018?

<t>imho more and more high quality middleware for whatever task will be distributed for free or peanutssome happy old school designers will consolidate over an outnumber of illiterate but procedural codersI also think the smart money will be into the entertainment sector (videogames, interactive con...
by GiusCo
January 10th, 2011, 7:54 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Can everyone do a PhD?
Replies: 37
Views: 27526

Can everyone do a PhD?

<t>Sometimes a PhD is a way to get out of your shell: prejudices, fears, delusions are needed to complete the task but they do not make it worthy automatically because it is a journey without a definite end. By enrolling, you choose to take it as it is, in the good and in the bad. Who cares of HHs? ...
by GiusCo
January 3rd, 2011, 12:51 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Looking For Partnership To Start Financial Engineering Company
Replies: 38
Views: 24865

Looking For Partnership To Start Financial Engineering Company

<t>On the bright side, Amin's works show that even one outsider may make an impact into the financial environment with independent research.This may connect well to the hot "PhD or not PhD" debate, financial vs engineering, MFE vs MBA, diplomas vs experience and so on. In particular: needing no expe...
by GiusCo
December 22nd, 2010, 10:31 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: PhD is a waste of time
Replies: 69
Views: 32360

PhD is a waste of time

There are two conflicting trends:- more and more PhDs producing hot air, because education in some countries is an industry itself (UK anyone?)- research for the sake of it being vilified by turbo capitalism as an unprofitable waste of resources
by GiusCo
December 9th, 2010, 7:20 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Theoretical Physics Ph.D. looking to get into the Quant business
Replies: 214
Views: 54040

Theoretical Physics Ph.D. looking to get into the Quant business

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: DevonFangsWhat a lousy suggestion. Throwing away another couple of years doing somehing else.My 2cent: keep trying, this is only the first interview.i'm not discouraging tavisor... on the contrary: imho "smooth transition" & "stability" he may achieve only becoming ...
by GiusCo
December 9th, 2010, 5:02 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Theoretical Physics Ph.D. looking to get into the Quant business
Replies: 214
Views: 54040

Theoretical Physics Ph.D. looking to get into the Quant business

<t>tavisor, my 2 cents as a fellow rookie:fundamentally you are not selling any hot skill nor aggro-donk feature to help people put you into finance environment.The only way I see for you is creating and developing your niche starting from your background. That is to say: choose a "transitional" pos...
by GiusCo
October 28th, 2010, 1:56 pm
Forum: Programming and Software Forum
Topic: Please we need to start documenting QuantLib!
Replies: 114
Views: 41926

Please we need to start documenting QuantLib!

<t>After digesting a bulk of theoretical quant finance I'm now taking this C++ thing for real and having my learning curve. Joshi's applicative book and some others you quants usually suggest here are -slowly- doing the trick.I have also unpacked the minimum and necessary boost libraries to run Quan...
by GiusCo
October 24th, 2010, 3:44 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: How can I be a trader?
Replies: 28
Views: 30563

How can I be a trader?

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: mrmisterWhat do you people think about poker players being successful traders? It is a 9 player zero sum game with fairly simple rules. How does it scale to a massive set of people working with an even larger set of financial instruments with the action space {Buy, Sell...
by GiusCo
October 23rd, 2010, 4:23 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: How can I be a trader?
Replies: 28
Views: 30563

How can I be a trader?

<t>I had a telephone chat with a recruiter last month and he asked me why I would not be a trader, if offered to.Well, I'm 37... after 15 years in sports betting, 5 in poker, 3 in financial spread betting, I simply couldn't get in any more. The hours in studying others' effort, the combo plans often...
by GiusCo
October 21st, 2010, 7:17 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Reality Check on General Knowledge
Replies: 62
Views: 28467

Reality Check on General Knowledge

<t>I think these days it is really difficult to identify talented people and nurture long enough to make them polished allrounders.I'm not a big fan of the education sector but I see a decisive interest on the market and the political sides in keeping citizens as monkey-ish as possible. You can see ...
by GiusCo
October 19th, 2010, 7:38 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: would you hire einstein to be a quant?
Replies: 70
Views: 28905

would you hire einstein to be a quant?

<r>On a more up to date consideration, I wonder if there is some sort of <URL url="http://www.wilmott.com">www.wilmott.com</URL> equivalent for the BRIC countriesdifferent methods, different ways maybe?hopefully not all slave factories, castes and technocracy (but surely not all math wizards coming ...
by GiusCo
October 19th, 2010, 11:49 am
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: would you hire einstein to be a quant?
Replies: 70
Views: 28905

would you hire einstein to be a quant?

<r>The real question is: would Einstein be doing such a job? Or Feynman?Me for myself would be happy to have something like this for 3-5 years (no more than that)<URL url="http://jobs.efinancialcareers.co.uk/job-4000000000695030.htmbut"><LINK_TEXT text="http://jobs.efinancialcareers.co.uk/job ... 03...
by GiusCo
October 19th, 2010, 11:23 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Selected Poems - International
Replies: 329
Views: 265479

Selected Poems - International

<t>Sorry to spoil the party with some 3rd class poetry but I think this is worth a place in a forum of pseudoscience and bits (and off topics).METHODIf more models accept a phenomenonthey are not independent, so, let?s thinkgoing to the core. But the phenomenon?Well, let?s think about the phenomenon...
by GiusCo
October 10th, 2010, 8:55 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Crossroad: Any input welcome
Replies: 31
Views: 27950

Crossroad: Any input welcome

<t>QuoteOriginally posted by: kiwimanThere is no question of using grades as an absolute measure of any kind. It's very simple: if you have better grades than the next guy in your class you are likely to be better than him and more likely to get the interview.Nope sir, it simply shows that you can e...
by GiusCo
October 10th, 2010, 8:33 pm
Forum: Careers Forum
Topic: Crossroad: Any input welcome
Replies: 31
Views: 27950

Crossroad: Any input welcome

<t>What's interesting here is that a specific ability at a given task (say you're the best poet in your country and the best translator of poetry from language X into your native language) is not an indicator that you can be as good at doing another task (be it a quant job or to sit an exam at schoo...
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