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IBM and the Holocaust by Edwin Black
Korherr openly denigrated Hofmann’s ideas as unnecessary and duplicative.80 Shortly after the Wannsee Conference, Korherr wrote to a colleague, “I would like to mention that the understandable lack of statistical expertise at the Race and Settlement Office, coupled with their urgent wish for a large statistics office with a Hollerith system and for an SS population card file, made [recent] negotiations extraordinarily difficult. For the statistician, the best proof of an amateur is when someone wants to begin—and end—his statistical work with a card file . . . Since Reichsführer [Himmler] appointed me the sole liaison for Reich statistics . . . I see Gruppenführer Hofmann’s behavior as deliberately . . . undermining my position.”81 Korherr snidely added, “The person in charge at the Reich Statistical Office was astonished at Gruppenführer Hofmann’s plans and asked: then why did Reichsführer [Himmler] hire me and Dr.
Although a network of Jewish and non-sectarian anti-Nazi leagues and bodies struggled to organize comprehensive lists of companies doing business with Germany, from importers of German toys and shoes to sellers of German porcelain and pharmaceuticals, yet IBM and Watson were not identified. Neither the company nor its president even appeared in any of thousands of hectic phone book entries or handwritten index card files of the leading national and regional boycott bodies. Anti-Nazi agitators just didn’t understand the dynamics of corporate multinationalism.64 Moreover, IBM was not importing German merchandise, it was exporting machinery. In fact, even exports dwindled as soon as the new plant in Berlin was erected, leaving less of a paper trail. So a measure of invisibility was assured in 1933. But to a certain extent all the worries about granting Hitler the technologic tools he needed were all subordinated to one irrepressible, ideological imperative.
In 1934, IBM undertook the Austrian census, and two years later, Watson approved a card printing plant for the country.18 In early 1938, in the weeks leading up to the March Anschluss, Adolf Eichmann was dispatched to Vienna as a specialist on Jewish affairs to organize forced Jewish emigration. Once in Vienna, he found an enormous punch card operation working around the clock. The Hollerith program superseded every other aspect of German preparations.19 “For weeks in advance [of the Anschluss],” remembered Eichmann, “every able-bodied man they could find was put to work in three shifts: writing file cards for an enormous circular card file, several yards in diameter, which a man sitting on a piano stool could operate and find any card he wanted thanks to a system of punch holes. All information important for Austria was entered on these cards. The data was taken from annual reports, handbooks, the newspapers of all the political parties, membership files; in short, everything imaginable. . . . Each card carried name, address, party membership, whether Jew, Freemason or practicing Catholic or Protestant; whether politically active, whether this or whether that.
Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It by Gabriel Wyner
card file, crowdsourcing, en.wikipedia.org, index card, Kevin Kelly, Kickstarter, meta analysis, meta-analysis, pattern recognition, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ronald Reagan, Skype, spaced repetition, Steve Jobs, Steven Pinker, Yogi Berra
Every time you access your computerized SRS, it will automatically teach you twenty to thirty new cards and quiz you on the hundred or so cards you’re about to forget. Your job is to tell your SRS whether or not you remember a particular card, and your SRS’s job is to build a daily, customized to-do list based upon your input. This list is designed to help you memorize as efficiently as possible, so that you can spend your time learning instead of micromanaging. A paper SRS accomplishes the same feat using a flash card file box, a carefully designed schedule, and a few simple instructions. It’s basically a simple board game. The game contains seven levels, which correspond to seven labeled sections in your file box (i.e., level 1, level 2, etc.). Every card starts on level 1, and advances to the next level whenever you remember it. If you forget, the card falls all the way back to level 1. Whenever a card gets past level 7, it has won its place in your long-term memory.
In roughly thirty minutes per day, you can learn thirty new cards and maintain all of your old cards. Scale up or down as needed to fit your schedule and tolerance for LCD screens. If you prefer working with your hands, you can create an SRS with physical flash cards. Named after an Austrian science journalist writing in the 1970s, the Leitner box is just a particularly clever way to use a flash card file box, some dividers, and a calendar. In the original version, your box is divided into four sections. You review section 1 every day, section 2 every two days, section 3 every three days, and so on. When you successfully remember a card—gato = [cute picture of a cat]—it moves into the next section. If you forget, it moves back into section 1. This acts like a gauntlet for words; any flash cards that can get all the way to the last section have won their way into your long-term memory.
They’ve taught you how to make a basic flash card, how to insert audio files and images into your cards, and how to review those cards once you’re ready to learn. You’ve also downloaded and installed my demo deck, so your main job involves finding information and recordings, putting them in the right boxes, and clicking the Add Flash Cards button. If you’ve chosen a Leitner box, you’ve read Appendix 3, gone out to your local office supply store, and purchased your materials. You have an index card file-box full of dividers, a stack of blank index cards, some pencils, and a calendar in front of you (today is day 1!). You also remember my earlier caveat: Since paper flash cards can’t talk, you’re going to take extra care to learn a phonetic alphabet and to listen to recordings of example words when you write your flash cards. THE FIRST GALLERY: DO-IT-YOURSELF PRONUNCIATION TRAINERS Cards for Chapter 3 In this section, I’m going to show you how to build a pronunciation trainer for your new language.
The Difference Engine by William Gibson, Bruce Sterling
" "I do suppose that intelligence might find its way to improper hands," the boy allowed. "Of course, 'twould be worth a fellow's job, if he were caught at it." "Do you like your work, Mr. Tobias?" "Pay's not much. Gas-light ruins your eyes. But it has advantages." He shrugged again, and pushed his way through another door, into a clattering anteroom, three of its walls lined with shelves and card-files, the fourth with fretted glass. Behind the glass loomed a vast hall of towering Engines -- so many that at first Mallory thought the walls must surely be lined with mirrors, like a fancy ballroom. It was like some carnival deception, meant to trick the eye -- the giant identical Engines, clock-like constructions of intricately interlocking brass, big as rail-cars set on end, each on its foot-thick padded blocks.
Many's the poor innocent bastard ruined like that . . . " The tick and sizzle of the monster clockwork muffled his words. Two men, well-dressed and quiet, were engrossed in their work in the library. They bent together over a large square album of color-plates. "Pray have a seat," Tobias said. Mallory seated himself at a library table, in a maple swivel-chair mounted on rubber wheels, while Tobias selected a card-file. He sat opposite Mallory and leafed through the cards, pausing to dab a gloved finger in a small container of beeswax. He retrieved a pair of cards. "Were these your requests, sir?" "I filled out paper questionnaires. But you've put all that in Engine-form, eh?" "Well, QC took the requests," Tobias said, squinting. "But we had to route it to Criminal Anthropometry. This card's seen use -- they've done a deal of the sorting-work already."
While he found the latter infinitely more compelling than the former, it was Q C he needed today, most particularly in the person of Andrew Wakefield, the departmental Under-Secretary. The clerks of Q C were individually walled into neatly cramped cells of rolled-steel, asbestos, and veneer. Wakefield presided over them from a grander version of the same scheme, his sparse sandy head framed by the brass-fitted drawers of a multitude of card-files. He glanced up as Oliphant approached, prominent front teeth displayed against his lower lip. "Mr. Oliphant, sir," he said. "A pleasure as ever. Pardon me." He shuffled a number of punch-cards into a sturdy blue envelope lined with tissue-paper, and meticulously wound the little scarlet string about the two halves of the patent-clasp. He set the envelope aside, in an asbestos-lined hutch containing several other envelopes of identical hue.
3D printing, card file, corporate governance, crowdsourcing, Elon Musk, immigration reform, labour mobility, open economy, pattern recognition, Ray Kurzweil, Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, software as a service, Y2K
Unfortunately, these are executive fiats and do not hold the force of law. The next president, or even Obama himself, could reverse these orders without requiring approval from any other government body. Furthermore, it remains unclear whether H-4 spouses will only be allowed to work after the sixth year of the H-1B, and if the H-1B is entitled to extensions beyond the sixth year based on a green card filing. “This would be too limited. H-4 spouses should be allowed to work much earlier—from day one,” says immigration attorney Cyrus B. Mehta. To be clear, I credit Obama and other legislators on both sides of the aisle for discussing and pushing forward legislation to improve the lot of skilled immigrants and allow more of them to stay here and contribute to America. However, to date no permanent changes have made it through the US Congress, and this inability to do so illustrates a simple fact: immigration policy reform is not really a priority for the US government.
Culture Shock! Costa Rica 30th Anniversary Edition by Claire Wallerstein
Newspapers and advertising hoardings carry messages from role models such as football trainers urging young people to read, but apparently to little avail. Bookshop owner Darren Mora said, “People don’t get into the habit of reading because books are too expensive for many people. In any case, most bookshops only stock text books and literary classics.” Libraries are not exactly user-friendly either. You can’t just browse among the books, but have to ﬁddle through oldfashioned card ﬁles, ﬁll in a form for each book and ask the librarian—who will probably demand your cédula (identity card) or passport—to bring the books to you. You may not remove the books from the library and can only use them for a few hours. “How are you going to read a novel in an environment like that?” asked Mora. “My nephew, who’s in university, has never read a non-academic book in his life, and I know there are many others like him.”
Website: www.flysansa.com Nature Air Tel: (506) 2299-6000 Email: email@example.com Website: www.natureair.com CHARTER AIRLINES AND HELICOPTERS TACSA (from Tobías Bolaños Airport) Tel: (506) 2232-1438 / 2232-1317 Aviones Taxi Aereo (from Juan Santamaria Airport) Tel: (506) 2431-0160 / 2431-0293 Paradise Air Tel: (506) 2231-0938 / 2231-8972 / 2231-8973 Helicópteros del Norte Tel: (506) 2231-7210 Helicópteros Internacionales Tel: (506) 2231-6867; fax: (506) 2231-5885 Heli-Tours Tropical Tel: (506) 2220-3940 For more information on charter ﬂights, look up www.airchartercentralamerica.com 290 FURTHER READING Many old books and theses about local culture are out of print and only available in libraries, which are always worth a visit. However, remember that in Tico libraries (except some university libraries) you cannot just browse among the shelves—you must look for what you want in the card files, fill out a form and give it to the librarian, who will find the publication. You cannot take books out of the library. GENERAL Amcham’s Guide to Investing and Doing Business in Costa Rica. San José, Costa Rica: AmCham. Detailed run-down of the business and investment climate. The New Key to Costa Rica. Beatrice Blake and Anne Becher. Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press, 2000 (15th edition). Great guide to the country, particularly for the eco-minded, with a ‘sustainability rating’ for resorts and businesses supporting the country’s environmental, economic and cultural balance.
A Burglar's Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh
In a short essay called “Every Move Will Be Recorded,” historian Grégoire Chamayou recounts a hypothetical system of urban surveillance devised by an eighteenth-century police officer named Jacques François Guillauté. In a book about police reform written for King Louis XV of France, Guillauté proposed thoroughly and rigorously updating the Parisian address system. This would require a behemoth piece of machinery that operated a bit like an oversize index-card file—or what Chamayou describes as a “huge archiving machine linked to a map in a central room”—and some arithmetical cartography. “Paris was to be divided into distinct districts,” Chamayou writes, “each receiving a letter, and each being subdivided into smaller sub-districts. In each sub-district each street had accordingly to receive a specific name. On each street, each house had to receive a number, engraved on the front of the house—which was not the case at the time.
The Evolution of Useful Things by Henry Petroski
The best features these most popular paper clips possess individually are combined in the spread-legged Universal (also known as the Imperial) Clip, whose “unique design … allows for easy application with tremendous gripping power.” As we all know, putting even the best-looking of paper clips on cards can be tricky and, once achieved, makes a pile of them awfully bulky. Thus the Nifty Clip was “designed for holding thicker grades of papers such as card or index stock [and is] flattened to conserve card file space.” The Peerless (Owl) Clip, whose “rounded eyes prevent catching and tearing,” not only “holds more than Gems” but with “greater tension than Gems.” Ring Clips, essentially copies of the old Rinklips, are “used when holding only a few sheets,” come in five sizes, and possess the advantages of having “less thickness than Gems” and using “less space in files.” The last clip offered on the page is the Glide-on Clip, which provides a “tighter grip than Gems when holding small amounts of paper.”
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, Apple II, back-to-the-land, Bill Duvall, Bill Gates: Altair 8800, Buckminster Fuller, California gold rush, card file, computer age, computer vision, conceptual framework, cuban missile crisis, Douglas Engelbart, Dynabook, El Camino Real, general-purpose programming language, Golden Gate Park, Hacker Ethic, hypertext link, informal economy, information retrieval, invention of the printing press, Jeff Rulifson, John Nash: game theory, John von Neumann, Kevin Kelly, knowledge worker, Mahatma Gandhi, Menlo Park, Mother of all demos, Norbert Wiener, packet switching, Paul Terrell, popular electronics, QWERTY keyboard, RAND corporation, RFC: Request For Comment, Richard Stallman, Robert X Cringely, Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, South of Market, San Francisco, speech recognition, Steve Crocker, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, Ted Nelson, Thorstein Veblen, Turing test, union organizing, Vannevar Bush, Whole Earth Catalog, William Shockley: the traitorous eight
Shortly before he traveled to Philadelphia with Hew Crane to present his ideas on scaling in January 1960, Engelbart began organizing a series of informal seminars at SRI on the idea of augmenting the human intellect. Although they did not have computers with which to explore their ideas, members of the group had been fiddling with proto-PC applications. At the time, the most efficient simple sorting techniques were card-file systems. Data were entered by hand on cards, the outside edges of which were ringed with punched holes. Cutting notches to match various attributes made it possible to retrieve information by sliding a knitting needle through a stack of cards and shaking. The cards with the notched holes would fall out of the deck; it was thus possible to perform simple statistical operations this way. On occasion, the group would invite outsiders to make presentations, and in February of 1961 Engelbart announced in a memo: “Mr.
The Cohousing Handbook: Building a Place for Community by Chris Scotthanson, Kelly Scotthanson
The secretary shall see that all members receive notice by phone, by first-class mail or in person of the time and place of meetings at least five days before regularly scheduled meetings. 2. No meeting may be convened without two thirds of the member households represented in person but the meeting may continue despite the withdrawal of enough members to leave less than a quorum. At the start of the meeting, a dated 5” x 8” index card shall be signed by all the members present and used to divide the card file into a section for each meeting. APPENDIX: SAMPLE DOCUMENTS 3. All members may participate in decision-making and voting on proposals. 4. Only one person has the right to speak at any one time during a meeting. Anyone else wishing to speak shall so indicate nonverbally and the recorder shall list them in the order they will be called. 5. Only one proposal may be discussed at any one time, and no other business shall be conducted until that proposal is either decided upon or postponed until a later meeting. 6.
Albert Einstein, card file, Cepheid variable, crowdsourcing, dark matter, Dava Sobel, Edmond Halley, Edward Charles Pickering, Ernest Rutherford, Harlow Shapley and Heber Curtis, Harvard Computers: women astronomers, index card, invention of the telescope, Isaac Newton, John Harrison: Longitude, luminiferous ether, Magellanic Cloud, pattern recognition, QWERTY keyboard, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Solar eclipse in 1919, V2 rocket
This resource, begun in 1897 by a former assistant, already consisted of fifteen thousand cards listing every published reference to the approximately five hundred known variables, culled from bulletins, journals, and reports of observers all over the world. Miss Cannon could read both French and German, the other two languages of science. She fattened the decks of cards in the existing bibliography and created new card files as new variables came to light. In mid-April, when Mrs. Fleming fully recovered her strength, and no longer needed to take a carriage to the observatory, she reviewed her time-capsule diary with a pang of contrition. “I find that on March 12 I have written at considerable length regarding my salary. I do not intend this to reflect on the Director’s judgment, but feel that it is due to his lack of knowledge regarding the salaries received by women in responsible positions elsewhere.
Our Own Devices: How Technology Remakes Humanity by Edward Tenner
Bonfire of the Vanities, card file, Douglas Engelbart, Frederick Winslow Taylor, future of work, indoor plumbing, informal economy, invention of the telephone, invisible hand, Jacquard loom, Joseph-Marie Jacquard, Network effects, optical character recognition, QWERTY keyboard, Stewart Brand, women in the workforce
As usual, outsiders brought innovation. A French engineer named Henri Liber established a company called Flambo in 1919 to market a secretarial chair with a backrest adjustable up and down along a U-shaped metal track. Meanwhile, postwar Germany turned its drive for standardization and public health to seating. In the later 1920s, the office supply manufacturer Fortschritt of Freiburg im Breisgau, best known for state-of-the-art card file systems, marketed a Fortschritt-Stuhl (“Progress Chair”) with a spring-loaded back support system—unlike the rigid Tan-Sad and Flambo—and a lever under the seat for adjusting the height of the chair without rising, fifty years before this feature became common. An advertisement noted proudly that the Prussian Ministry of Welfare (Volkswohlfahrtsministerium) had awarded the chair a winning ninety-point score in an evaluation of seating that must have been one of the first conducted by any government.
air freight, Apple II, Bill Gates: Altair 8800, card file, Chance favours the prepared mind, cuban missile crisis, dumpster diving, Hush-A-Phone, index card, Jason Scott: textfiles.com, Menlo Park, popular electronics, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman, Saturday Night Live, Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, the scientific method, urban renewal, wikimedia commons
The government had been tangling with Beckley since the late 1950s and wanted to take him down. Badly. “Beckley lived in a plush Miami Beach apartment house, five or six stories up, well insulated. There was no way to get in and do anything,” Sharp says. “We were pretty well restricted to phone record checks.” But the phone records were a treasure trove. Over a period of months Sharp amassed a 3x5 index card file—some twenty thousand cards’ worth—of every long-distance number Beckley called. “We didn’t know the term then,” Sharp says, “but what we really needed was a computer database.” Painstakingly, Sharp and his colleagues built a detailed map of Beckley and his associates. By combining this with other intelligence they formed a solid picture of his bookmaking operation. The threat posed by telephone toll records wasn’t news to the bookies, and they had developed several techniques to combat it.
Autotools by John Calcote
There is another way to ensure that files created using your own make rules get cleaned up during execution of the clean target. You can define the CLEANFILES variable to contain a whitespace-separated list of files (or wild-card specifications) to be removed. I used a clean-local target in this case, because the CLEANFILES variable has one caveat: It won't remove directories, only files. Each of the rm commands that removes a wild-card file specification refers to at least one directory. I'll show you a proper use of CLEANFILES shortly. Regardless of how well your unit tests clean up after themselves, you still might wish to write clean rules that attempt to clean up intermediary test files. That way, your makefiles will clean up droppings from interrupted tests and debug runs. Remember that the user may be building in the source directory.
Years of the City by Frederik Pohl
The first upturn in his amative fortunes was when he came home almost on time one night and found the apartment full of cooking smells. Heidi was in good spirits. She made them both drinks while the microwave finished their baked bluefish and, responding to the look on his face, laughed. “You haven’t noticed anything special about this week?” she asked. He pursed his lips while he ran through his mental card file. Not Christmas and not Valentine’s Day. Not their anniversary— “Your birthday!” he exclaimed. “But that’s not until Sunday.” She grinned and shook her head. “That’s not what I mean, although there’s something I’d like from you. You really haven’t noticed?” “Noticed what?” “I haven’t thrown up for a week!” And, indeed, she had never looked better. Or, it seemed, felt better. All through dinner she talked, just like old times, long, complicated stories about the string of LNG barges that had been misidentified at first as garbage scows, and what might have happened if they’d been allowed to try to make the passage under the bridge in the thirty-knot wind, about her co-workers, about how well Lucy was doing at the skinner, about when she could feel the baby kick.
Computer: A History of the Information Machine by Martin Campbell-Kelly, William Aspray, Nathan L. Ensmenger, Jeffrey R. Yost
Ada Lovelace, air freight, Alan Turing: On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem, Apple's 1984 Super Bowl advert, barriers to entry, Bill Gates: Altair 8800, borderless world, Buckminster Fuller, Build a better mousetrap, Byte Shop, card file, cashless society, cloud computing, combinatorial explosion, computer age, deskilling, don't be evil, Douglas Engelbart, Dynabook, fault tolerance, Fellow of the Royal Society, financial independence, Frederick Winslow Taylor, game design, garden city movement, Grace Hopper, informal economy, interchangeable parts, invention of the wheel, Jacquard loom, Jacquard loom, Jeff Bezos, jimmy wales, John von Neumann, linked data, Mark Zuckerberg, Marshall McLuhan, Menlo Park, natural language processing, Network effects, New Journalism, Norbert Wiener, Occupy movement, optical character recognition, packet switching, PageRank, pattern recognition, pirate software, popular electronics, prediction markets, pre–internet, QWERTY keyboard, RAND corporation, Robert X Cringely, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Steve Jobs, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, Ted Nelson, the market place, Turing machine, Vannevar Bush, Von Neumann architecture, Whole Earth Catalog, William Shockley: the traitorous eight, women in the workforce, young professional
At any one moment, each reservations clerk would be responding to one or more of three general types of inquiry from a customer or travel agent: requests for information about flight availability, requests to reserve or cancel seats on a particular flight, and requests to purchase a ticket. To deal with any of these requests, the reservations clerks would have to refer to a series of well-lit boards displaying the availability of seats on each flight scheduled to depart over the next few days. For flights further ahead in time, the agent would have to walk across the room to consult a voluminous card file. If the inquiry resulted in a reservation, a cancellation, or a ticket sale, the details of the transaction would be recorded on a card and placed in an out-tray. Every few minutes these cards would be collected and taken to the designated availability-board operator, who would then adjust the inventory of seats available for each flight. Once a ticket was sold and the availability board had been updated, the sales information found its way to the back office, where another forty or so clerks maintained passenger information and issued tickets.
From Airline Reservations to Sonic the Hedgehog: A History of the Software Industry by Martin Campbell-Kelly
Apple II, Apple's 1984 Super Bowl advert, barriers to entry, Bill Gates: Altair 8800, business process, card file, computer age, computer vision, continuous integration, deskilling, Grace Hopper, inventory management, John von Neumann, linear programming, Menlo Park, Network effects, popular electronics, RAND corporation, Robert X Cringely, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, software patent, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, Thomas Kuhn: the structure of scientific revolutions
One man sitting in the back of the room is using field glasses to examine a change that has just been made on the display board. Clerks and messengers carrying cards and sheets of paper hurry from files to automatic machines. The chatter of teletype and sound of card sorting equipment fills the air. As the departure date for a flight nears, inventory control reconciles the seat inventory with the card file of passenger name records. Unconfirmed passengers are contacted before a final passenger list is sent to the departure gate at the airport. Immediately prior to take off, no-shows are removed from the inventory file and a message sent to downline stations canceling their space.40 Of all the carriers, American Airlines had the most innovative reservation operations. By 1952 it had already gone through two phases of mechanization.
Albert Einstein, Andrei Shleifer, asset allocation, asset-backed security, bank run, Benoit Mandelbrot, Black-Scholes formula, Bretton Woods, Brownian motion, capital asset pricing model, card file, Cass Sunstein, collateralized debt obligation, complexity theory, corporate governance, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, David Ricardo: comparative advantage, discovery of the americas, diversification, diversified portfolio, Edward Glaeser, endowment effect, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, experimental economics, financial innovation, Financial Instability Hypothesis, floating exchange rates, George Akerlof, Henri Poincaré, Hyman Minsky, implied volatility, impulse control, index arbitrage, index card, index fund, invisible hand, Isaac Newton, John Nash: game theory, John von Neumann, joint-stock company, Joseph Schumpeter, libertarian paternalism, linear programming, Long Term Capital Management, Louis Bachelier, mandelbrot fractal, market bubble, market design, New Journalism, Nikolai Kondratiev, Paul Lévy, pension reform, performance metric, Ponzi scheme, prediction markets, pushing on a string, quantitative trading / quantitative ﬁnance, Ralph Nader, RAND corporation, random walk, Richard Thaler, risk/return, road to serfdom, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, shareholder value, Sharpe ratio, short selling, side project, Silicon Valley, South Sea Bubble, statistical model, The Chicago School, The Myth of the Rational Market, The Predators' Ball, the scientific method, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, The Wisdom of Crowds, Thomas Kuhn: the structure of scientific revolutions, Thomas L Friedman, Thorstein Veblen, Tobin tax, transaction costs, tulip mania, value at risk, Vanguard fund, volatility smile, Yogi Berra
During a visit to Michigan, a local reporter asked him if the title of the 1923 hit song “Yes, We Have No Bananas” was correct English. In typically earnest fashion, Fisher responded, “Yes, it would be correct, if the statement was preceded by the question ‘Have you no bananas?’”27 By the second half of the 1920s, Fisher had also become a big financial success. Years before, he had devised a card-filing system to help him keep track of his many endeavors. Fisher’s “Index Visible” filing cards, cut so that the first line of each was visible at a glance (similar to the Rolodex, which came along decades later), were a significant advance in information storage and retrieval. In 1913 he launched a company to manufacture and market his filing system, and in 1925 he sold it to office equipment maker Kardex Rand, which merged with typewriter titan Remington to create one of the hot technology stocks of the 1920s, Remington Rand.
asset-backed security, bank run, barriers to entry, Bretton Woods, card file, central bank independence, computer age, corporate governance, credit crunch, declining real wages, deindustrialization, diversified portfolio, financial independence, financial innovation, Gini coefficient, Home mortgage interest deduction, housing crisis, income inequality, invisible hand, late fees, London Interbank Offered Rate, market fundamentalism, means of production, mortgage debt, mortgage tax deduction, p-value, pattern recognition, profit maximization, profit motive, risk/return, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, statistical model, technology bubble, the built environment, transaction costs, union organizing, white flight, women in the workforce, working poor
Revealing informants would not increase accuracy, Burge insisted but, because of fear of harassment, “sources [would] alter their stories.”174 The intensely personal information revealed through investigators and services like the Welcome Wagon were important because Burge believed that “the care with which a person exercises the premises of his home seemed to be carried over into other habits of his life.”175 Despite his claims to the contrary, the Retail Credit Company manual instructed investigators “to investigate in such a manner that the applicant or insured will not learn of the investigation.”176 The decentralization of the information in card files and 300 branch offices offset, Burge felt, the Orwellian possibilities of the information’s misuse. The very inefficiency of the qualitative, noncomputerized systems made Retail Credit Company’s services not nearly as sinister as detractors like Westin claimed. The older filing systems still allowed for privacy breeches, however, even without being centralized. Credit information could be accessed either by paper requests, or more frequently, it was obtained over the phone.
Clear and Present Danger by Tom Clancy
Ritter walked to his. The secretaries hadn't returned yet. They were in a van. Ritter paced around his office until they arrived, then walked over to see Mrs. Cummings. "Did Ryan call in or anything?" "No, and I didn't see him at all. Do you know where he is?" Nancy asked. "Sorry, I don't." Ritter walked back and on impulse called Ryan's home, where all he got was an answering machine. He checked his card file for Cathy's work number and got past the secretary to her. "This is Bob Ritter. I need to know where Jack is." "I don't know," Dr. Caroline Ryan replied guardedly. "He told me yesterday that he had to go out of town. He didn't say where." A chill went across Ritter's face. "Cathy, I have to know. This is very important - I can't tell you how important. Please trust me. I have to know where he is."
call centre, card file, cuban missile crisis, Ford paid five dollars a day, half of the world's population has never made a phone call, job satisfaction, Ralph Nader, strikebreaker, traveling salesman, urban renewal, War on Poverty, working poor, Yogi Berra, zero day
I would spend most of my time with them. I would make phone calls to—God forgive—advertising agencies, radio stations. If you concentrated on the placeables, you made money. These were the girls who came off the production line of high schools, particularly the Catholic schools. They seemed to be tractable young girls. They went into banks as filing clerks in those days. You called the banks and you had your card file and you sent the girl over to the job. You could be a mass production worker yourself, working these girls into the system. There were no tough corners, nothing abrasive. One of my colleagues made two hundred dollars a week shoveling people into these slots. I wasn’t doing what the other girls at the desks were doing. I found myself haunted at night by the unplaceable girls. The unplaceable girls were me.
The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder
affirmative action, Albert Einstein, anti-communist, Ayatollah Khomeini, barriers to entry, Bonfire of the Vanities, Brownian motion, capital asset pricing model, card file, centralized clearinghouse, collateralized debt obligation, corporate governance, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, desegregation, Donald Trump, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, global village, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, haute cuisine, Honoré de Balzac, If something cannot go on forever, it will stop, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, index fund, indoor plumbing, interest rate swap, invisible hand, Isaac Newton, Jeff Bezos, joint-stock company, joint-stock limited liability company, Long Term Capital Management, Louis Bachelier, margin call, market bubble, Marshall McLuhan, medical malpractice, merger arbitrage, Mikhail Gorbachev, moral hazard, NetJets, new economy, New Journalism, North Sea oil, paper trading, passive investing, pets.com, Plutocrats, plutocrats, Ponzi scheme, Ralph Nader, random walk, Ronald Reagan, Scientific racism, shareholder value, short selling, side project, Silicon Valley, Steve Ballmer, Steve Jobs, supply-chain management, telemarketer, The Predators' Ball, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, too big to fail, transcontinental railway, Upton Sinclair, War on Poverty, Works Progress Administration, Y2K, zero-coupon bond
He also sold calendars to his newspaper customers, and he developed another sideline too. He asked all his customers for their old magazines as scrap paper for the war effort.42 Then he would check the labels on the magazines to figure out when the subscriptions were expiring, using a code book he had gotten from Moore-Cottrell, the publishing powerhouse that had hired him as an agent to sell magazines. He made a card file of subscribers, and before their subscriptions expired, Warren would be knocking at their door, selling them a new magazine.43 Because The Westchester had so much turnover in wartime, Warren’s biggest dread was customers who skipped out and didn’t pay, leaving him stuck with the cost of their papers. After a few people skipped out on him, he started tipping the elevator girls to let him know when people were about to move.
Executive Orders by Tom Clancy
affirmative action, Ayatollah Khomeini, card file, defense in depth, Dissolution of the Soviet Union, experimental subject, financial independence, friendly fire, Monroe Doctrine, out of africa, Own Your Own Home, Plutocrats, plutocrats, rolodex, South China Sea, trade route
Not this guy. Prince Ali took her hand gently. Oh, you must have met Bernie when he went over in 1994. Wilmer had helped establish the eye institute in Riyadh, and Bernie had stayed five months to do some clinical instruction. He performed surgery on a cousin who was injured in a plane crash. He's back flying. And those are your children over there? Yes, Your Highness. This one went into the card file as a good guy. Would you mind if I spoke with them? Please. The Prince nodded and moved off. Caroline Ryan, he thought, making his mental notes. Highly intelligent, highly perceptive. Proud. Will be an asset to her husband if he has the wit to make use of her. What a pity, he thought, that his own culture utilized its women so inefficiently-but he wasn't King yet, might never be, and even if he were to become so, there were limits to the changes he could make under the best of circumstances.