Category Archives: Economics and science

This tag is generally used where insights from the natural sciences are used to guide economic tuition. Risky business, I know. I tend to like stuff from physics or evolution in this regard, but never in the social Darwinist sort of sense. My favourites here come when an old economic idea was motivated by a since-disproven theory in the natural sciences, but the corresponding economic idea was not referred to the waste bin as a result.

Good news for net neutrality in Canada. Following consistent and ongoing efforts by Open Media to ensure that the general public is well represented on this issue, another effort by internet service providers to transform consumers and content creators into … Continue reading

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Another way to describe the end of independent aerospace capacity among most of the wealthiest and most advanced nations

A unified fighter jet platform. Unified. Means we are toothless if you (USA) decide so on a timeframe of 20 years not 1 or 5. Anyways, all I need to know is the sales pitch. It’s really a “get in … Continue reading

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Do Americans give a shit about the world?

As one of the only countries with high persistent of a relevant political force which denies global warming and promotes policies that would further it … what might one read out of this situation aside from the immediate observation that … Continue reading

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The USA could build high speed rail between every city over a million, or buy 10,700 F35s per year, with the savings (!) from changing to universal public health care

Canada health care: 11% of GDP. USA health care: 17% of GDP. Canada average results: higher in almost all categories (data.worldbank.org is an easily accessible source on this for a variety of indicators). USA economy: $17.9 trillion. Potential annual savings … Continue reading

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Extremely concise statement on why it is good for the economy to spend taxpayer dollars on basic sciences research that will often not pay off, and when it does is generally a long time from now

According to MJ Boskin, former economic adviser on George HW Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers: Private markets invest too little in basic science,” he writes, “because private investors are unable to appropriate the returns. More at Project Syndicate At one … Continue reading

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Highly effective ways to promote the diffusion of good ideas

For fear that people who you disagree with will steal your ideas, make sure never to share ideas that you think are better.   (A question to be considered separately from questions of IP rights, patent rights, etc., which underlie … Continue reading

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Wi-Fi compatibility with 20MHz to 20 GHz restriction

At high frequencies, electromagnetic waves do not pass readily through walls (until you get to super high frequencies, such as gamma ray), but are increasingly “ionizing”, which makes them more cancer-causing than lower frequencies, which leads to a need for … Continue reading

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Good reasons to get better advice: Ever heard of an Apple thing against Linux? Me neither

Better not be interested in Linux, or maybe Apple will come after you. But … wait a minute, that’s not very consistent with their court battles to not in any way whatsoever serve as an investigative arm of the state. … Continue reading

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Netflix CEO on entertainment in 20-50 years

Through Quartz, quoting Netflix CEO at the World Mobile Congress: “It’s tough to think about entertainment,” Hastings said, “when I’m not sure if we’re going to be entertaining you or entertaining AIs.”

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Multimedia neurotechnology educational materials pre-incubator development centre

Introduction. Is there a faster growing area of technology today than neurotechnology? One which poses higher opportunities and risks? The field has advanced enormously since the first evidence of electrical activity in the brain, recorded in the late 19th century. … Continue reading

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