Archive for February, 2011

The whole point of pure math is that there are problems to solve, and you’re working to solve them. On the way you might generate all sorts of stuff that has no real relevance to the real world at all. The interesting thing is that stuff from pure math ends up being useful anyway, even when they were studied just because they were interesting at the time.

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Posted: February 25th, 2011
at 7:55pm by mnp


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If you want to appreciate the luxury of modern life, forget about how awesome our airplanes and cell phones are. Instead, just focus on all the luxuries that are available and affordable to you in unlimited quantities.

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Posted: February 25th, 2011
at 7:53pm by mnp


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Assuming the laws of the universe aren't immediately made known to us requires that we find another way at them. Induction provides that way, and we can now move forward with a method for observing, generalizing, and predicting, even in the face of the unknown.

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Posted: February 25th, 2011
at 7:51pm by mnp


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You want to ensure your company and its data are secure, but you also don't want policies and protections that prevent employees from being able to easily do their jobs. How do you find the right balance? What are the most important issues to consider?

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Posted: February 25th, 2011
at 7:50pm by mnp


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Kakonomics is the strange a yet widespread a preference for mediocre exchanges insofar as nobody complains about. Kakonomic worlds are worlds in which people not only live with each other’s laxness, but expect it: I trust you not to keep your promises in full because I want to be free not to keep mineAand not to feel bad about it.

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Posted: February 25th, 2011
at 4:33pm by mnp


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Applying this to 2025, yes, there will be megacorps that automatically scour their part of the Internet for lewdness, profanity, or controversial opinions - people want that, and, more importantly, advertisers really want that. ABut equally, there will be vast stretches of the net that is the unregulated mess we know and love - enough people want that. Will there be age restrictions and a loss of privacy in the walled garden part of the Internet? ASure, but the age restrictions will work about as well as those on buying alcohol, and nobody will worry about the loss of privacy, just like they don't worry about it for credit cards.

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Posted: February 25th, 2011
at 4:31pm by mnp


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Universities are essentially operating on the same model they were over a 100 years ago. I often wonder if these institutions are even able to change at this point, or would it make more sense to tear them down and start over from scratch.

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Posted: February 25th, 2011
at 2:15pm by mnp


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There’s an unsustainable college tuition textbook bubble that makes the recent "housing bubble" almost unnoticeable by comparison.

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Posted: February 25th, 2011
at 2:12pm by mnp


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That license allows truly free distribution, including commercial use, as long as the free license remains in place. ABut my experience is that most people see the words "Creative Commons" and simply assume the license is Non-Commercial - because the majority of Creative Commons licenses they've seen elsewhere have been Non-Commercial. AThis is a real problem.

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Posted: February 25th, 2011
at 2:11pm by mnp


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