Bringing down the Internet

I'm not sure if we should be proud or ashamed of it. Whatever your personal reaction, Duke University ran an experiment yesterday that brought down a part of the internet. We didn't do it alone of course, we had the RIPE NCC (Reseaux IP Europeens Network Coordination Centre) to help us along in our gaffe. Here is the link to the story.

It's nice to have time to read articles by choice again, my energy level was really flagging this last semester. Ramadan may have something to do with it but we were all suffering from some kind of burnout this semester. I think I only attended a couple of Centra classes live, it obviously didn't help that I couldn't keep track of the schedule and everything became jumbled up with Saturday and Sunday classes. Something tells me next semester will be just as tough as this one was. I hope all my fellow, foreign, students can make it to this final residency, getting a U.S visa is probably just as hard as getting one for North Korea in some parts of the world.

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Concentration schmocentration …..

Deciding on whether or not to do a concentration is tough decision, does it make you more attractive or less attractive to potential employers? What if you can't find a job in the field you picked? What if you aren't good enough in the field you picked? Is a concentration really worth the extra effort? The answer to these questions are probably as varied as the number of people that attempt to answer them.

Personally, I decided to go with a concentration in Finance, I wanted to stay close to decision modeling & statistics since I enjoyed those classes the most and actually liked the concepts presented in finance despite it's obvious presentation issues. My choice of electives reflects my obvious quantitative fixation. I picked corporate finance, financial statement analysis, investments and strategy implementation. I don't think I will do well all of these classes but like Sarah Johnston said, I would rather do something I enjoy than be good at something I don't.

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