What the computer revolution has done

That computing has become immensely more powerful in recent decades veers on the cliche. I recently got a few reminders of precisely how much distance we have moved.

Cory Doctorow tells us that the computation that goes into one google query is roughly the same as all the computing done for the entire Apollo . . . → Read More: What the computer revolution has done

Women and Patents

Consider this abstract:

We investigate women’s underrepresentation among holders of commercialized patents: only 5.5% of holders of such patents are female. Using the National Survey of College Graduates 2003, we find only 7% of the gap is accounted for by women’s lower probability of holding any science or engineering degree, because women with such . . . → Read More: Women and Patents

The Insanity of IP

Stephan Kinsella details just how much trouble one can get into because of IP laws. Please note that this doesn’t even include file-sharing:

In his paper Infringement Nation: Copyright Reform and the Law/Norm Gap, law professor John Tehranian explains how the normal activities (see pp. 543-48) of a typical Internet user–he takes an “average . . . → Read More: The Insanity of IP

Using Google Search to Measure Unemployment

So, this is cool. As reported in the Freakonomics blog, Google has a feature that allows users to correlate public patterns with search term usage. You supply data, such as initial unemployment claims, and Google will evaluate which search phrases best correlate with the data provided. Justin Wolfers reports,

I fed in the weekly . . . → Read More: Using Google Search to Measure Unemployment

More on Private Protection of IP

Just to clarify from an earlier post, my stance on protecting IP is that is wrong for the government to do so, but I have no issue if a private business wants to protect its intellectual creation. Furthermore, I am not a piracy positivist. I do not believe that people have a “right” to . . . → Read More: More on Private Protection of IP

The Light Begins to Dawn ...

… and personally I think some corporate fortunes are going to fall hard as this “$800 tablet” trend comes to a screeching halt before it really gets started.

I almost certainly wasn’t the first blogger to discover that you can get into a decent Android tablet for less than $200, but I caught on . . . → Read More: The Light Begins to Dawn …

Cell Phone Data Usage

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Forever Foraging for Fiber

Not much recent local activity in the race to win Google’s Fiber contest, if contest is the right word.  Am I missing anything?

A website fiberforall.org has a daily ranking of how someone out there thinks different communities are faring in their persistent post: Who is Winning the Google Fiber Race? [Updated Daily]

How anyone . . . → Read More: Forever Foraging for Fiber

How Should We Respond to a Small Risk of Catastrophe?

I try to remember to pay house insurance premiums. Otherwise, I tend to avoid thinking about small risks of catastrophe. There are plenty of other things to worry about.

This avoidance strategy usually helps me to maintain a positive state of mind until someone manages to ambush me with the thought of how dreadful . . . → Read More: How Should We Respond to a Small Risk of Catastrophe?

Technology in the Classroom

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