28 Feb 2012

Anything but water

  1. Years ago, I heard that most of California's redwoods were cut down after WWII. Here's the picture (from this booklet [PDF])

  2. One of my all-time favorite papers: "can race be erased?" Yes. The key is to concentrate on humans' propensity to divide people into "in-group" and "out-group" teams.

  3. Read this essay on the Knowledge Problem, i.e., "the complexity knowledge problem (coordination in the face of diffuse private knowledge) and the contextual knowledge problem (some knowledge relevant to such coordination does not exist outside of the market context)"

  4. Serious WTF: "REASONABLE PROFIT.—The term ‘reasonable profit’ means the amount determined by the Reasonable Profits Board to be a reasonable profit on the sale..." and the US government plans to take it from oil companies. Stupid.

  5. Lulz from the Economist: "the lawyers also learn from the computers (presumably such things as empathy and the difference between right and wrong)." The article discusses the software used to detect fraud.
H/Ts to SF and DJ