Monthly Archives: May 2010

Convince the Convincers

Audrey Watters recently wrote a piece for ReadWriteWeb, looking at Diaspora, and questioning the general value of including technical details in a product pitch. Her position is immediately comprehensible: a typical user or investor simply isn’t interested in most of … Continue reading

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Glitch Trading?

Tim Maly of Quiet Babylon, has a thoughtful post about the way that the press deals with a financial market in which most trading is automated. Maly criticises the press for attributing unexpected market behaviour to human responses to news. … Continue reading

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Legal Code

In Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, followed by Code v2, Lawrence Lessig suggests that legal code is something like computer code: laws regulate behaviour the same way that software programs a computer. In our society, we’ve developed structures pursuant … Continue reading

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Trans-Human Therapy

From mammoths with haemoglobin that still works when cold, to the HLA B57 gene which combats HIV, preventing AIDS, we seem to be quite good at discovering advantageous genetic adaptations. Some of these adaptations give their bearers (whether individuals or … Continue reading

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Strip Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma

Cogspace has posited a set of rules for strip iterated prisoner’s dilemma. Without too much ado, her rules are as follows: Alice defects, Bob defects: Each player removes two articles of clothing. Alice defects, Bob cooperates: Bob removes three articles … Continue reading

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Double Spacing

The existence of sophisticated typographical tools like LaTeX and Word has rendered page limits effectively obsolete. If I am instructed to write a 20-page essay, you can bet that my result will be exactly 20 pages, whether I write 4000 … Continue reading

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New Space Invaders

Radiant by Hexage is a thoroughly enjoyable retake on Space Invaders. Boasting stunning visuals, enthralling gameplay, and tongue-in-cheek dialogue, Radiant is a great causal game. Radiant borrows heavily from the the 80s classic Space Invaders, pitting the player against hoards … Continue reading

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Economic Security

We can encourage private sector security and change the security/breach economic balance in the favour of more security, by increasing the penalties for breaches, and making it easier to implement good security practices, such as through security development grants, or an NSF-like security development organization. Continue reading

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Disenfranshised

It’s one of those things that you hear about happening to other people, but you never think that it’s going to happen to you. It’s one of those distant, theoretical things that happens in faraway lands, but never at home. … Continue reading

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