Monday, 7 February 2011

Law and Economics of Contingent Protection in International Trade (Columbia Studies in WTO Law and Policy)



Law and Economics of Contingent Protection in International Trade (Columbia Studies in WTO Law and Policy)
Kyle W. Bagwell,George A. Bermann,Petros C. Mavroidis | 2009-12-28 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 432 | International
The book discusses the regulatory framework of contingent protection in the World Trade Organization - antidumping, countervailing duties, and safeguards - as well as an economic analysis of these instruments. The book's various chapters illuminate the basic functioning of all three.

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Linear Programming with MATLAB (MPS-SIAM Series on Optimization)



Linear Programming with MATLAB (MPS-SIAM Series on Optimization)
| 2008-01-31 00:00:00 | | 0 | MATLAB


This textbook provides a self-contained introduction to linear programming using MATLAB® software to elucidate the development of algorithms and theory. Early chapters cover linear algebra basics, the simplex method, duality, the solving of large linear problems, sensitivity analysis, and parametric linear programming. In later chapters, the authors discuss quadratic programming, linear complementarity, interior-point methods, and selected applications of linear programming to approximation and classification problems. Exercises are interwoven with the theory presented in each chapter, and two appendices provide additional information on linear algebra, convexity, nonlinear functions, and on available MATLAB commands, respectively. Readers can access MATLAB codes and associated mex files at a Web site maintained by the authors. Only a basic knowledge of linear algebra and calculus is required to understand this textbook, which is geared toward junior and senior-level undergraduate students, first-year graduate students, and researchers unfamiliar with linear programming.

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Multitool Linux: Practical Uses for Open Source Software



Multitool Linux: Practical Uses for Open Source Software
| 1969-12-31 00:00:00 | | 0 | Linux


Resource-packed guide delivers pragmatic solutions for real-world development needs-all using open source software tools. Softcover.

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what exactly is linux good for?
What is linux good for? That is the question that the authors of this book set about explaining. They tell you all of the wonderful things that you can make linux do with a little bit of effort. It could use a new edition but otherwise a very good read.


PS A station wagon packed with hard drives has more bandwidth in most instances than dsl or cable internet.

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Linux (+ open source tools) as a swiss army knife
Technically, Linux is the name for the operating system kernel at the heart of `Linux` distributions such as RedHat and Debian. When most people `use` Linux, they are in fact using the shell, the web server, or any other of the zillions of open source programs that (1) are available for, (2) are distributed with, or (3) can run atop the Linux kernel.

It used to be that there were only a few things you could do with a Linux box (namely run a Unix box as a web server) but the open source community has come a long way in providing (1) applications and (2) hardware support, so that you can now do a lot of things w/ your Linux box that used to only be doable on a Windoze box.

Schwarz et al have put together a smorgasbord of things you can do with your Linux box. These projects range from things you would tend to do on a Unix box (eg IP Masquerade, SSH, system security, even a chapter on writing Apache modules!) to stuff you would expect to need to do on a Windoze box (eg burning CDRs, syncing with Palm devices, and audio/MIDI/image/video processing).

The level of detail in the chapters (as well as the required level of Linux familiarity on the part of the reader) varies considerably -- a hazard of multiple authors and the breadth of the topics covered -- but each chapter starts off with a `Difficult-o-Meter` which more or less accurately states the level of Linux proficiency required.

That said, there are some real gems to be found in this book. There are some pretty hefty howto-like treatments in this book of topics such as system security, `undernets` (collaborative web sites), and setting up a web/IMAP/mail server.

There's a chapter on `Tools You Should Know`, which lists the tools a typical Unix hacker should know: regular expressions, vi, dd, sed, diff, etc. Like some other parts of the book, this chapter doesn't give you a lot of information on these individual tools, but it brings them to your attention, so you at least know what to look for.

This book by itself won't turn a newbie into a Linux ninja after one reading, but it is a good overview of many different things that can be done with open source tools on a Linux box. I would highly encourage the prospective reader to take a look at the Table of Contents of this book. If you see a topic you're interested in, then this is a worthwhile book to buy. (I suspect that most folks running Linux at home at a beginner to intermediate level will find several bits of interest in this book.)

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WOW!! Linux, here I come!
I've been curious about Linux for some time now. But, the only books that I could find, are all on installing, administering, configuring. Every one rehashing what the other said. None of them sold me on diving in.

When I discovered this book, I was apprehensive, but I went for it and purchased it. All I have to say is WOW! I never realised how flexible Linux is, or how much you could do.

I was thouroughly impressed on the variety of this book. I've finally been inspired to dive right in to Linux.

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A must-have for Linux users
Are you a new Linux user, and want to learn more?

Are you an experienced Linux user, but are wondering what other interesting things you can do?

This book will teach you fun things. This book will teach you useful things. This book takes you on a tour you can't help but enjoy. At the end of the day, you'll find yourself not only entertained, but more knowledgeable about what you can do with Linux. It's probably more than you think!

This book helped me discover new interests and new possibilities, all in easy to read and entertaining prose. With that in mind, I'm giving this book the highest rating possible.


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Ernest Hemingway - Gesammelte Werke 5 - Inseln im Strom



Ernest Hemingway - Gesammelte Werke 5 - Inseln im Strom
| 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Others
Ernest Hemingway - Gesammelte Werke 5 - Inseln im Strom
Publisher: Rowohlt | 1982 | ISBN: 3499310058 | PDF | 388 pages | 1.02 MB
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The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global



The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global
Fawaz A. Gerges | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 400 | Non-fiction
According to Gerges, the West must understand this: "...the war against transnationalist jihadis cannot be won on the battlefield in either Afghanistan or Iraq; this is not a conventional war in which two armies confront each other and emerge victorious or vanquished. One of the arguments advanced in the book is that the most effective means to put Al Qaeda out of business is to complete its encirclement and siege internally; there is overwhelming evidence pointing in that direction: bin Laden and his associates have lost the war for Muslim minds."

This is a very complex, detailed work based on firsthand field research, interviews, primary documents, and letters. Not, however, your leisure-time reading.
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Employing Commercial Satellite Communications: Wideband Investment Options for DOD



Employing Commercial Satellite Communications: Wideband Investment Options for DOD
Timothy Bonds | 2000-05-25 00:00:00 | RAND Corporation | 145 | Economics
Department of Defense decisions on the amount of communications it will own or lease will in turn affect U.S. Air Force investments in new communications satellites. The study team evaluated the effectiveness of commercial wideband satellites across several characteristics defined by the United States Space Command. the cost of buying or leasing commercial systems is then compared with the cost of buying military systems with commercial characteristics. The team found that there is a large projected gap between the military demad for communications and the capability expected from present, planned, and programmed systems.
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RAND, as usual, produced a first-rate study here. In this text, they looked into commercial SATCOM for Department of Defense use, what roles it should fill, and cost comparison between DoD-owned satellite versus commercial satellites. Many graphs adorn the text, adding useful information to make conclusions clearer and vivid. Anyone interested in commercial satellites and the role they should play for the DoD should buy this book. No hyperbole or propaganda here, RAND's text is useful text and solid conclusions that layperson and communicator alike can understand.

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Commercial Agreements and Social Dynamics in Medieval Genoa



Commercial Agreements and Social Dynamics in Medieval Genoa
Quentin van Van Doosselaere | 2009-04-27 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 278 | International
Commercial Agreements and Social Dynamics in Medieval Genoa is an empirical study of medieval long-distance trade agreements and the surrounding social dynamics that transformed the feudal organization of men-of-arms into the world of Renaissance merchants. Making use of 20,000 notarial records, the book traces the commercial partnerships of thousands of people in Genoa from 1150 to 1435 and reports social activity, on a scale that is unprecedented for such an early period of history anywhere. In combining a detailed historical reading with network modeling to analyze the change in the long-distance trade relationships, Quentin Van Doosselaere challenges the prevailing western centric view of development by demonstrating that the history of the three main medieval economic frameworks that brought about the European capitalism - equity, credit, and insurance - was not driven by strategic merchants' economic optimizations but rather by a change in partners' selections that reflected the dynamic of the social structure as a whole.
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This is a splendid scholarly achievement, putting Genoa back on the map, at a time when we have seen numerous outstanding studies of Florence and Venice. The book traces the rise of Genoa's maritime trade activity from its beginnings shortly after the first Crusade through the next three centuries. The author makes use of an impressive database of 19,000 notarized contracts and a host of other credit instruments to explain how oligarchies employ financial tools to their own ends to gain and retain power. The pathbreaking methodology helps us to grasp later developments in all-important citadels of international trade. To stretch this argument and by way of example, the work can be used as a template to understand "London 1800" or "New York City 2000" reconfigurations of social-network structures.

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Euclid's Elements in Greek: Books 1-9 (with an accompanying English translation)



Euclid's Elements in Greek: Books 1-9 (with an accompanying English translation)
Euclid (Author), Richard Fitzpatrick (Translator) | 2005-01-01 00:00:00 | Lulu.com | 693 | Mathematics
Euclid's Elements is the most famous mathematical work of classical antiquity, and has had a profound influence on the development of modern Mathematics and Physics. This volume contains the definitive Ancient Greek text of J.L. Heiberg (1883), together with an English translation. For ease of use, the Greek text and the corresponding English text are on facing pages. Moreover, the figures are drawn with both Greek and English symbols. Finally, a helpful Greek/English lexicon explaining Ancient Greek mathematical jargon is appended.
Books 1-4 cover the fundamentals of straight-line and circular geometry, the fundamentals of geometric algebra, and rectilinear figures inscribed in and circumscribed about circles.
Books 5-9 cover the fundamentals of proportion, similar figures, and number theory.
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