The Spider Network

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The Spider Network

The Spider Network

How a Math Genius and a Gang of Scheming Bankers Pulled Off One of the Greatest Scams in History

  • Author: David Enrich
  • Publisher: Custom House
  • ISBN: 9780062452993
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 528
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The Wall Street Journal's award-winning business reporter unveils the bizarre and sinister story of how a math genius named Tom Hayes, a handful of outrageous confederates, and a deeply corrupt banking system ignited one of the greatest financial scandals in history. The paperback edition includes a new chapter discussing further fallout from the scandal. In 2006, an oddball group of bankers, traders and brokers from some of the world’s largest financial institutions made a startling realization: Libor—the London interbank offered rate, which determines interest rates on trillions in loans worldwide—was set daily by a small group of easily manipulated functionaries. Tom Hayes, a brilliant but troubled mathematician, became the lynchpin of shadowy team that used hook and crook to take over the process and set rates that made them a fortune, no matter the cost to others. Among the motley crew was a French trader nicknamed “Gollum”; the broker “Abbo,” who liked to publicly strip naked when drinking; a Kazakh chicken farmer turned something short of financial whiz kid; an executive called “Clumpy” because of his patchwork hair loss; and a broker uncreatively nicknamed “Big Nose.” Eventually known as the “Spider Network,” Hayes’s circle generated untold riches —until it all unraveled in spectacularly vicious, backstabbing fashion. Praised as reading “like a fast-paced John le Carré thriller” (New York Times), “compelling” (Washington Post) and “jaw-dropping” (Financial Times), The Spider Network is not only a rollicking account of the scam, but a provocative examination of a financial system that was warped and shady throughout.

Fastalliances

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Fastalliances

Fastalliances

Power Your E-Business

  • Author: Larraine Segil
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 0471436933
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 320
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Crucial techniques for business and finance managers making e-business alliances Alliances and mergers are coming fast and furious for dot.com and Internet-enabled companies-and in fact are a key strategy for any savvy digital business. In this book, Larraine Segil reveals her proven approach to business development in the Internet world-what Segil has trademarked "fastalliances.com." This is the first book to dissect the unique aspects of e-alliances, from identifying deliverables to providing tools proven to cement swift and decisive relationships in Internet time. Key points are illustrated with both positive and negative examples from companies that include Compaq, Sun, Disney, Go, Kodak, MP3, and Stamps.com. Alliances are a crucial part of any Internet business-both dot.com and brick-and-mortar-and an important topic for business and finance managers whose companies are making use of the Web. The approach, author credentials, and unique message of FastAlliances create a package that has bestseller potential.

Advances in Spatial and Temporal Databases

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Advances in Spatial and Temporal Databases

Advances in Spatial and Temporal Databases

15th International Symposium, SSTD 2017, Arlington, VA, USA, August 21 – 23, 2017, Proceedings

  • Author: Michael Gertz,Matthias Renz,Xiaofang Zhou,Erik Hoel,Wei-Shinn Ku,Agnes Voisard,Chengyang Zhang,Haiquan Chen,Liang Tang,Yan Huang,Chang-Tien Lu,Siva Ravada
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 3319643673
  • Category: Computers
  • Page: 454
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This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 15th International Symposium on Spatial and Temporal Databases, SSTD 2017, held in Arlington, VA, USA, in August 2017.The 19 full papers presented together with 8 demo papers and 5 vision papers were carefully reviewed and selected from 90 submissions. The papers are organized around the current research on concepts, tools, and techniques related to spatial and temporal databases.

Algorithms and Architectures for Parallel Processing

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Algorithms and Architectures for Parallel Processing

Algorithms and Architectures for Parallel Processing

9th International Conference, ICA3PP 2009, Taipei, Taiwan, June 8-11, 2009, Proceedings

  • Author: Arrems Hua,Shih-Liang Chang
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 3642030947
  • Category: Computers
  • Page: 879
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This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Algorithms and Architectures for Parallel Processing, ICA3PP 2009, held in Taipei, Taiwan, in June 2009. The 80 revised full papers were carefully reviewed and selected from 243 submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections on bioinformatics in parallel computing; cluster, grid and fault-tolerant computing; cluster distributed parallel operating systems; dependability issues in computer networks and communications; dependability issues in distributed and parallel systems; distributed scheduling and load balancing, industrial applications; information security internet; multi-core programming software tools; multimedia in parallel computing; parallel distributed databases; parallel algorithms; parallel architectures; parallel IO systems and storage systems; performance of parallel ditributed computing systems; scientific applications; self-healing, self-protecting and fault-tolerant systems; tools and environments for parallel and distributed software development; and Web service.

The Need to Be Liked

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The Need to Be Liked

The Need to Be Liked

  • Author: Roger Covin
  • Publisher: Dr. Roger Covin
  • ISBN: 0986957801
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: 146
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Almost everyone has a fundamental need to be liked by other people. It is a healthy and normal part of life. However, the need to be liked can also be associated with emotional, behavioural and even personality problems. The Need to be Liked is a book that explores the dark side of this human need. The author (Dr. Roger Covin) is a clinical psychologist who weaves together psychological research with his own clinical experiences in order to present a unique and original way of thinking about the need to be liked. Drawing on research and theory from various fields of psychology, Dr. Covin explains how people's experience with painful rejection shapes their way of thinking about themselves and others. Readers will learn how problems with the need to be liked can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns. Dr. Covin describes how the need to be liked expresses itself in numerous ways, ranging from subtle behaviours to aspects of one's overall personality. For example, the need to be liked can affect... ...being overly career-driven ...alcohol and drug use ...promiscuity ...one's excessive focus on appearance ...the decision to remain in an abusive relationship ...rumination about past relationships ...being overly self-critical or perfectionistic ...continually entering into relationships where you find the wrong partner ...sabotaging relationships Finally, Dr. Covin provides useful strategies and suggestions for how to manage problems with needing to be liked and dealing with rejection. The Need to be Liked is a fascinating and timely examination of a topic that affects the vast majority of people. Grounded in current research and theory, and articulated through Dr. Covin's experiences as a therapist, this book is a must read for those who have ever wondered - why do I need to be liked?

Explorations in Urban and Regional Dynamics

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Explorations in Urban and Regional Dynamics

Explorations in Urban and Regional Dynamics

A case study in complexity science

  • Author: Joel Dearden,Alan Wilson
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317698533
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 128
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The task of modelling the evolution of cities – the dynamics – is one of the major challenges of the social sciences. This book presents mathematical and computer models of urban and regional dynamics and shows how advances in computer visualisation provide new insights. Models of non-linear systems in general have three characteristics: multiple equilibria, ‘path dependence’ over time and phase transitions – that is, abrupt change at critical parameter values. These phenomena all exhibit themselves in reality, and it is an ongoing task to match model-based analysis with real phenomena. There are three key features of cities and regions to be represented in models: activities at a location – residence, health, education, work and shopping; flows between locations – spatial interaction; and the structures that carry these activities – buildings, transport and communications networks. Spatial interaction and many elements of activities’ location can be modelled by statistical averaging procedures, which are related to Boltzmann’s methods in statistical mechanics. This is while the evolution of structure can be represented in equations that connect to the Lotka-Volterra equations in ecology. Within this broad framework, alternative approaches can be brought to bear. This book uses entropy-maximising versions of spatial interaction models. The authors explore the dynamics in more detail, using advanced visualisation techniques. These ideas have wide potential uses, and the book illustrates this with applications in history and archaeology.

Mastering FreeBSD and OpenBSD Security

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Mastering FreeBSD and OpenBSD Security

Mastering FreeBSD and OpenBSD Security

Building, Securing, and Maintaining BSD Systems

  • Author: Yanek Korff,Paco Hope,Bruce Potter
  • Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
  • ISBN: 144936957X
  • Category: Computers
  • Page: 466
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FreeBSD and OpenBSD are increasingly gaining traction in educational institutions, non-profits, and corporations worldwide because they provide significant security advantages over Linux. Although a lot can be said for the robustness, clean organization, and stability of the BSD operating systems, security is one of the main reasons system administrators use these two platforms.There are plenty of books to help you get a FreeBSD or OpenBSD system off the ground, and all of them touch on security to some extent, usually dedicating a chapter to the subject. But, as security is commonly named as the key concern for today's system administrators, a single chapter on the subject can't provide the depth of information you need to keep your systems secure.FreeBSD and OpenBSD are rife with security "building blocks" that you can put to use, and Mastering FreeBSD and OpenBSD Security shows you how. Both operating systems have kernel options and filesystem features that go well beyond traditional Unix permissions and controls. This power and flexibility is valuable, but the colossal range of possibilities need to be tackled one step at a time. This book walks you through the installation of a hardened operating system, the installation and configuration of critical services, and ongoing maintenance of your FreeBSD and OpenBSD systems.Using an application-specific approach that builds on your existing knowledge, the book provides sound technical information on FreeBSD and Open-BSD security with plenty of real-world examples to help you configure and deploy a secure system. By imparting a solid technical foundation as well as practical know-how, it enables administrators to push their server's security to the next level. Even administrators in other environments--like Linux and Solaris--can find useful paradigms to emulate.Written by security professionals with two decades of operating system experience, Mastering FreeBSD and OpenBSD Security features broad and deep explanations of how how to secure your most critical systems. Where other books on BSD systems help you achieve functionality, this book will help you more thoroughly secure your deployments.

The Spider's Strategy

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The Spider's Strategy

The Spider's Strategy

Creating Networks to Avert Crisis, Create Change, and Really Get Ahead

  • Author: Amit S. Mukherjee
  • Publisher: FT Press
  • ISBN: 9780132704038
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 256
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To thrive in a world where networks of companies increasingly compete with other networks, managers can no longer focus solely on excellence in planning and execution. In The Spider’s Strategy, top business consultant Amit S. Mukherjee provides the tools you need to sense and respond to unexpected events. He shows why and how managers in your company must apply four powerful “Design Principles” today: Change everyday work practices by embedding “sense and response” within your normal plan-and-execute processes. Promote collaboration across partner companies by establishing practical mechanisms that make “win-win” a basis for action not an empty slogan. Ensure that work really teaches by assuring the culture, processes, and organizational structure to improve your company’s ability to learn. Implement those key technological capabilities that allow the network to function seamlessly. The heart of this book includes proven implementation advice based on conversations with successful innovators at HP, Nokia, and beyond. Mukherjee offers new insight into everything from work practices to culture and corporate organization and shows how to overcome even the most stubborn obstacles to effective collaboration amongst partners.

The Secret War with Iran

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The Secret War with Iran

The Secret War with Iran

The 30-Year Clandestine Struggle Against the World's Most Dangerous Terrorist Power

  • Author: Ronen Bergman
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 141656490X
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 320
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For twenty-six years, Iran has waged an international terrorist war while the intelligence services of the West, led by Mossad and the CIA, have waged a relentless, mostly clandestine counter-jihad in return. Though Iran has become a quietly looming threat, little has been revealed about this intelligence-based war. Now, Ronen Bergman, Israel’s leading reporter and analyst of intelligence affairs, has written a full account of this secret war. He connected the dots of the long history of Iranian backed terrorist attacks, and revealed for the first time many classified operations against the Iranian terrorist network, including details about collaborations between Israel’s Mossad and the CIA and FBI; thrilling Mossad operations, the successful recruitment of top insiders of Iranian intelligence, who have disclosed a wealth of information about Iran’s nuclear program as well as it’s terrorist activities; and the use of ultra-sophisticated surveillance equipment to penetrate and damage Iranian targets. From the Iranian proxy Hizbollah’s planning of terrorists attacks from apartments in New York City, to Iran’s training of an army of work Iraqi insurgents in the techniques of suicide bombing and the making of improvised explosive devises, he showed Iran has steadily waged war against the West.

Globalization

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Globalization

Globalization

The Key Concepts

  • Author: Thomas Hylland Eriksen
  • Publisher: Berg
  • ISBN: 1847886108
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 192
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Globalization is the buzzword of the 21st century. If we live in a globalized world, what does this mean for our economies, our cultures, our work and leisure, even our sense of ourselves? Globalization: The Key Concepts presents an accessible and provocative guide to the way we live now. The causes and the effects of globalization are hotly disputed and the book aims to present the range of arguments in a clear and balanced way. However, arguing that variation is as characteristic of globalization as standardization, the book stresses the necessity for a bottom-up, comparative analysis. Distinguishing between the cultural, political, economic and ecological aspects of globalization, the book highlights the implications of globalization for people's everyday lives. Throughout, the discussion is illustrated with wide-ranging case material. Chapter summaries and a guide to further reading underline the book's concern to clarify this most complex and influential of ideas.