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The Gambler Who Cracked The Horse-Racing Code

What a great story by Businessweek Kit Chellel:

Across the road from Happy Valley, 27 floors up, two Americans sat in a plush office, ignoring a live feed of the action that played mutely on a TV screen. The only sound was the hum of a dozen computers. Bill Benter and an associate named Paul Coladonato had their eyes fixed on a bank of three monitors, which displayed a matrix of bets their algorithm had made on the race—51,381 in all. Benter and Coladonato watched as a software script filtered out the losing bets, one at a time, until there were 36 lines left on the screens. Thirty-five of their bets had correctly called the finishers in two of the races, qualifying for a consolation prize. And one wager had correctly predicted all nine horses. “F—-,” Benter said. “We hit it.”

If iPads were meant for kids

I also am a parent of two kids with iPads and Dave’s post about parental control resonated with me. I agree with everything he said in his post. To be able to make a category of apps disappear during homework hour would be awesome. Having the iPad auto-shutdown at a certain time and not being able to start without entering the parent password would be sublime. Thanks Dave for writing this and I surely hope Apple listens. Go check out his article, he has more ideas to bring forward.

Some Basic Rules for Securing Your IoT Stuff

Brian Krebs advice on securing your IoT stuff should be common sense especially based on what happened when a malware like Mirai or his brother Satori spread within the IoT ecosystem to even within cryptocurrency mining rigs. Everyone should take a workshop on securing their network with a firewall, or better yet having a network that’s not connected to the internet. These device will be more susceptible to hackers, its just a matter of time.

If you are running a variant of linux, check out ufw, the uncomplicated firewall. If you are running Windows check out this guide. If you are running MacOS check the following guide. All common routers have firewalls included already so do spend the time to read the manual and turn it on. I don’t know if I would trust every brand out there to have it on by default.