Algorithmic pricing gone critical - Re: PDP-10 programming [was RE: Dumb Terminal games (was Re: Looking for a small fast VAX development machine)]
robert.jarratt at ntlworld.com
Wed Mar 2 13:59:44 CST 2016
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> On Mar 1, 2016 8:19 PM, "Toby Thain" <toby at telegraphics.com.au> wrote:
> > On 2016-03-01 7:36 PM, Sean Conner wrote:
> >> It was thus said that the Great Rich Alderson once stated:
> >>> For most hobbyists, even $100 is too much. I was simply astounded
> >>> at
> >>> chutzpah of the seller--right there on the Amazon list--who was
> >>> asking nearly $1500 for a copy.
> >> I think that comes from an unchecked computer algorithm, not
> >> simple
> >> I think what's happening here is someone (some Amazon third party)
> >> the book for, say, $5. Another third party scans Amazon for such
> >> books,
> >> offers it for say, $6, with the hope that you (the potential buyer)
> >> will only see their their offer for $6 and buy from them, at which
> >> point they will buy it for $5 from the original seller, sell it to
> >> you for $6 and pocket the $1 profit. The problem comes when a third
> >> third-party seller sees the offer for $6 and does the same thing as
> >> the second one, only now they're offering it for $7, will pay $6 for it and
> pocket $1 profit.
> >> Keep repeating that process and you end up with books selling for
> > Or more:
> > http://www.michaeleisen.org/blog/?p=358
> > etc.
> > Remind me why HFT is a great idea...
> >> -spc (Who knows? If you keep searching, you might find the original
> >> seller selling it for $5 ... )
> I would think pdp 10 original books / manuals are hard to find.
I still have my copy of the book by Michael Singer: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Introduction-DECsystem-10-assembler-language-programming/dp/B0007AJF54/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1456948533&sr=8-1&keywords=singer+decsystem. This is the book I used to program a DECSYSTEM20 in assembler, although I must have used other resources to help me along that I no longer recall. The book is available at a much more reasonable price than the Gorin book (which I don't have).
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