Monthly Archives: February 2008

China Investment Corporation in context

From Institutional Investor: TICKER CIC Emerges China’s new fund sets high bar on foreign mandates 18 Feb 2008 Kevin Hamlin For China Investment Corp., which made quite a splash with high-profile investments in Blackstone Group and Morgan Stanley, is getting … Continue reading

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Bloomberg on Ethanol

Looks like a good follow-up to trying to figure out the ethanol thing… * * * * * Ethanol Demand in U.S. Adds to Food, Fertilizer Costs (Update3) By Alan Bjerga Feb. 21 (Bloomberg) — U.S. plans to replace 15 … Continue reading

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The intricacies of art investing

A question from Askville: Everyone dreams of being the first to recognize the genius artist before he or she hits it big. Wouldn’t it be great to buy his or her work at a time when it is still affordable? … Continue reading

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What is search engine optimization?

A question from FunAdvice: What exactly is seo or search engine optimisation.Is it just link building or does it go to higher levels of website optimisation? Search engine optimization is a process of making a site’s content easier for search … Continue reading

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Preventing SQL injection in PHP

A question asked privately: What techniques can be used to prevent SQL injection? There are at least two. A newer and more radical one is to prepare SQL statements for execution.  This used to be one of functionalities implemented in … Continue reading

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Dani Rodrik is surprised…

Dani Rodrik writes: In economics we think that happiness increases with lifetime wealth, albeit at a decreasing rate. But recent research on happiness fails to show a steep gradient between incomes and self-reported life satisfaction. But this work has typically … Continue reading

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Validating an IP address in PHP

A question asked privately: How can I validate a user-submitted IP address ? One approach is to offload the validation burden to the ip2long() function: function isValidIPAddress ($ip) { $long = ip2long($ip); if (($long == FALSE) or ($long == -1)) … Continue reading

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The longest aircraft in the world?

A question from FunAdvice: can some one tell me which is the longest aircraft in the world? is it airbus 340-600 (OR) is it boeing 777ER? or is there any other aircraft longer than these two? Depends on how you … Continue reading

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