The desktop is dead. The web is dying. Messaging + mobile is an entire ecosystem that sidesteps their channel

• 450 million active users, and reached that number faster than any other company in history.
• 32 developers; one developer supports 14 million active users
• 50 billion messages every day across seven platforms (inbound + outbound)
• 1+ million people sign up every day
• > 8000 cores
• Hundreds of terabytes of RAM
• > 70M Erlang messages per second
• In 2011 WhatsApp achieved 1 million established tcp sessions on a single machine with memory and cpu to spare. In 2012 that was pushed to over 2 million tcp connections. In 2013 WhatsApp tweeted out: On Dec 31st we had a new record day: 7B msgs inbound, 11B msgs outbound = 18 billion total messages processed in one day!

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High Scalability – High Scalability – The WhatsApp Architecture Facebook Bought For $19 Billion

Rick Reed in an upcoming talk in March titled That’s ‘Billion’ with a ‘B’: Scaling to the next …

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That was Robert Mazur's job when he went undercover for the US government in the 1980s and '90s. Posing as a Mob-connected businessman, he helped the Medellin drug cartel launder and invest its suitcases full of cash.

Investors live on hope and it's the criminal's job to take advantage of that hope. 

His clients were "the biggest crooks in the world," says Mazur, author of The Infiltrator: My Secret Life Inside the Dirty Banks Behind Pablo Escobar's Medellin Cartel.

Yet they "always told me that they don't gamble," Mazur says. "They don't take risk, which is why the stock market was of absolutely no interest to them."
Wait, criminals don't like risk? Murder, drug trafficking, fraud and bribery – all okay. But propose buying them shares of Twitter or Tesla, and they freak?

Investing, by definition, means trusting others. You must believe chief financial officers aren't cooking the books and rely on people like Mark Zuckerberg to make smart use of the billions at their disposal. For criminals who thrive on taking advantage of trust that's not an easy sell.

Convicted felon Sam E. Antar says stock-picking – trusting in people and numbers you can't directly verify – sets you up as a mark for the unscrupulous.

Antar was the chief financial officer of Crazy Eddie, Inc., an electronics chain led by Sam's cousin, Eddie Antar. The chain collapsed under the weight of its fraud in 1989. "Investors live on hope and it's the criminal's job to take advantage of that hope," Antar says.

The fact that he got caught is no consolation, Antar says. Regulators and investigative reporters have been losing the resources to uncover fraud. He points out, correctly, that the number of FBI white-collar crime prosecutions has fallen by half since the 1990s.

Antar now speaks on white-collar fraud, often to law enforcement groups, runs a website on the topic and consults for law firms suing on behalf of investors.

"If I wanted to be a scam artist today, I could be very, very successful," he says.

"I'd probably have less risk of being prosecuted and far less risk of going to prison." But as he also points out, criminals are as short-sighted as the rest of us, maybe more so. "Nobody ever plans on failure," he says. "The prisons are full of people who never planned on being there."

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Crime bosses say sharemarkets are for suckers
Murder, drug trafficking, fraud or bribery? No problem. But buying stocks on the sharemarket is way too risky, say former mobsters.

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A shepherd was herding his flock in a remote pasture when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of the dust cloud towards him. The driver, a young man in a Broni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the shepherd… "If I tell you exactly how many sheep you have in your flock, will you give me one?" The shepherd looked at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looked at his peacefully grazing flock and calmly answered "sure".

The yuppie parked his car, whipped out his IBM ThinkPad and connected it to a cell phone, then he surfed to a NASA page on the internet where he called up a GPS satellite navigation system, scanned the area, and then opened up a database and an Excel spreadsheet with complex formulas. He sent an email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, received a response. Finally, he prints out a 130-page report on his miniaturized printer then turns to the shepherd and says, "You have exactly 1586 sheep. "That is correct; take one of the sheep." said the shepherd. He watches the young man select one of the animals and bundle it into his car.

Then the shepherd says: "If I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my animal?", "OK, why not." answered the young man. "Clearly, you are a consultant." said the shepherd. "That's correct." says the yuppie, "but how did you guess that?" "No guessing required." answers the shepherd. "You turned up here although nobody called you. You want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked, and you don't know crap about my business…… Now give me back my dog."

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Bitcoin’s Mt. Gox Shuts Down, Loses $409,200,000 Dollars — Recovery Steps and Taking Your Tax Losses
Mt. Gox’s shutdown is circulating like wildfire.  Its repercussions are being felt throughout the world.  Mt. Gox was the most public and well-known brand that represented Bitcoin’s exchange market.  The company’s shutdown is rumored to be caused by a “hack” or “security breach” that resulted in a loss up to […]

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How beautiful JavaScript way to detect Safari, Chrome, IE, Firefox and Opera

var isOpera = !!window.opera || navigator.userAgent.indexOf(' OPR/') >= 0;
var isFirefox = typeof InstallTrigger !== 'undefined';
var isSafari ='Constructor') > 0;
var isChrome = !! && !isOpera;
var isIE = /@cc_on!@/false|| !!document.documentMode;

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Edit fiddle – JSFiddle
Test your JavaScript, CSS, HTML or CoffeeScript online with JSFiddle code editor.

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Someone apparently went up to the great philosopher Wittgenstein and said "What a lot of morons back in the Middle Ages must have been to have looked, every morning, at the dawn and to have thought what they were seeing was the Sun going around the Earth," when every school kid knows that the Earth goes around the Sun, to which Wittgenstein replied "Yeah, but I wonder what it would have looked like if the Sun had been going around the Earth?"

The point is that it "would have looked exactly the same: you see what your knowledge tells you you're seeing."

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Ludwig Wittgenstein – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“He was of the opinion… that his ideas were generally misunderstood and distorted even by those who professed to be his disciples. He doubted he would be better understood in the future. He once said he felt as though he were writing for people who would think in a different way, …

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