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#35168 07/11/01 05:50 AM
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<<The author of the unrelenting sea storm metaphor ought to be beaten about the head and shoulders with one of his own Sycamore trees.>>

He's just a poor man's Prospero schambling deadlines; go, Spartan! Let him live.


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Max, thanks for the stir. I was just about to add this word I came across last night. It is a technical term and was used and explained in context, but can anyone guess what it means (and the context)? Of course there may be practitioners of the relevant profession on board.

backwardation

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Well, Rod, I would have to guess it is a term of (black) architecture.

I would also be guessing that it means designing software to be backwards-compliant, or compatible with the limitations of older hardware/software configurations. Now I suppose you will tell me it's all about legal adoption procedures

edit: Well, people, make your guesses before you LIU as I just have - you will be at least as likely to get it right as I was...!

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I know backwardation is something to do with the stock exchange - maybe it's reneging on trades already made? Don't really know. Another ugly technical term, though!



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Yuck .. silly word and a redickalus thing to do... ILIU so call me "cheater" ...


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It sounds like an illegal move in draughts (checkers) for pieces that have not been "kinged." (The latter is itself a rather dubious verbification of a noun.)


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a rather dubious verbification of a noun

yet the phrase queening it is not uncommon


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Marketing gibberish meets technobabble?

From a domain registration service today:

The ‘.uk.co’ domain has been set-up as a way of creating more space within the already overcrowded ‘.co.uk’ name space. It serves to help reduce the confusion which many people have with ‘.co.uk’…. ‘.uk.co’ has much greater availability than ‘.co.uk’ so there is more chance of you being able to register your preferred name.

So run that by me again – someone is now going to be less confused by having two alternatives for every company known to have a UK moniker, and even less confused by having different companies potentially occupying virtually identical web addresses…?!

bentcopper.co.uk – for all your pipework requirements
bentcopper.uk.co – for all your 'get out of jail free' cards



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Our Caped Krusader gets half a prize.

The book I was reading, "Against the Gods" which is a rambling history of risk management, described it as the market phenomenon which underpriced volatility, thereby allowing speculators to make a profit by providing insurance against volatility for the suppliers. However, google provides tighter definitions.

Backwardation - Market in which [futures] prices of near months are higher than the prices of deferred months, i.e. prices are inverted. Such a price structure normally reflects a shortage of supplies.

See also
contango, normal market

Rod



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yet the phrase queening it is not uncommon
So where do you spend your spare time, ducky?



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