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Bad keystroke leads to $251 million stock buy

Fubon said that the trader was unfamiliar with new computer systems and will be fired. –Bad keystroke leads to $251 million stock buy (News.com) What kind of an interface lets a worker spend $251 million with a single keystroke? The real problem here isn’t the worker — it’s a whole inhuman mindset that expects human beings to live with terribly designed software. But firing the worker is a much easier way…

Gone, but not forgotten by the media

My 7-year-old son envisions random evildoers coming into our house and abducting him — and we don’t let him watch TV news. But how can anyone miss the danger teases that blast through prime time like buckshot? And while we debase ourselves by playing voyeur to the pain of families immersed in tragedy, we ignore far more ominous problems that don’t as readily lend themselves to televised emoting. How many…

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How Poll Sampling Works

Let’s say you picked a specific number of people in the United States at random. What then is the chance that the people you picked do not accurately represent the U.S. population as a whole? For example, what is the chance that the percentage of those people you picked who said their favorite color was blue does not match the percentage of people in the entire U.S. who like blue…