Click Windows/Start (the big one on your desktop with the Microsoft banner on it).
Open the registry (say, by typing “regedit” in the Search Programs and Files box)
Click on HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT on the left
In older versions of Windows, at this point you’d just look for the file extension you wanted to change (or even more easily, you’d just modify the file type in Windows Explorer). Not any more.
Now, when you establish a default program for a file type, it adds an additional registry entry further down in that list of file types. As a matter of fact, if you scroll down that list of file types, once you get past the .zzz entry, it starts over at A with another list.
Scroll down to Applications, and double-click to open it
Look for your default program on this list, and double-click to open it.
Right-click “Shell”, then click “New”, then click “Key”.
Name this key after the action you want to take (in my case, “Edit with PDF-XChange Viewer).
Now right-click this new key, and again click “New” and then “Key”.
Name this subkey “Command”.
In the pane on the right, right-click “Default”, and click “Modify”
Enter your full path to the executable you want to run (put it inside double quotes to save yourself headaches). Put a space after it, and then “%1” (you must type those double quotes). It looks like this:
I’ve been pushing the conclusions of the betting markets, as shown at Intrade, for predicting the outcome of the election.
There’s been a big change. Bettors are now calling Ohio to go for Romney:
This is what is required for a narrow Romney victory. Currently Intrade’s bettors are predicting a 275-263 Romney win in the electoral college.
N.B. Ohio shows up as bright red because I highlighted it to show the details at the bottom right. It’s actually the palest pink when you click on it.
BTW: Marginal Revolution reports that someone tried to manipulate the market on Intrade after last week’s debate. They go on to note, because there is money to be made, someone who tries to push the price one way or the other is offering up an arbitrage profit to serious traders, and may end up strengthening the conclusions of the market.
What the Gates Foundation did was steer a lot of money towards small schools because a bigger fraction of them performed far above average.
The fallacy is that because the schools’ student bodies are smaller, the variance of their scores will be larger. This almost guarantees that many of them will be far above the mean.
You can tell if this issue has come up by seeing if there are also many of them that are far below the mean, and Tyler has a plot of that. Of course, the education nomenklatura love to point out the huge number of clinkers among small schools to justify agglomerating into bigger fiefdoms.
*Back in the stone age, I enjoyed another one of Howard Wainer’s books so much for classroom examples that I photocopied the whole thing so that I could more quickly run off a page or two for students when the need arose.
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