Monthly Archives: April 2013

Insurers’ Investments in the 90s

Another perspective on the big market turn in the early 00s: consider what happened to the European insurance industry in 2002. European insurers are allowed to invest much more in equities than their U.S. counterparts can. (Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A:NYSE) is an … Continue reading

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The End of Public Racing

That’s the result of this bombing that will affect your lives and mine. Wait for the regulations to come out that say a minimum of 5 police officers and k-9 unit for every mile of race distance, or something similar. … Continue reading

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A Great Sentence

If we all came to see our political opponents not as nonsensical fools but as basically reasonable speakers of another language, we would not elect the demagogues we do now, or watch the same clowns on cable news. From this … Continue reading

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And The Tech Priests Reign

The biggest problem with maintaining such ancient computer systems is that the original technicians who knew how to configure and maintain them have long since retired or passed away, so no one is left with the knowledge required to fix … Continue reading

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Fact Du Jour

As much as 96% of software in China is pirated. More here and here, on the topic of the hopeful eradication of Internet Explorer 6, perhaps the worst program ever created.

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A Theory of Road Rage

Ten years ago I was in Guangzhou, China, and next in line for a bus ticket. As the teller came free some lady comes out of nowhere, brushes past me and glides up to the wicket. Like I wasn’t even … Continue reading

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They Can See Your Dreams

File under “Holy Cow”. Visual image reconstruction allows us to reconstruct images that a person sees, displaying complex perceptual contents as they are represented in the brain…. In this study, we developed a method to reconstruct visual images by combining … Continue reading

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