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links for 2010-09-30

Written by Not Jaffo

September 30, 2010 at 23:32

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links for 2010-09-29

Written by Not Jaffo

September 29, 2010 at 23:01

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Farmville 2.0?

Buddy in my office just came up with a great idea.

Was listening to This Week in Tech #267 and heard that Farmville moves a Petabyte of data a day. They’re buying 1,000 new servers a week.

I mention this to my officemate and he says: Do you think this annoys real farmers? They need to come up with a drone system where you can do flyovers of actual farms. Issue commands to irrigation robots, get data from soil samples, juggle market prices, etc.

Made me wonder if Farmville is sparking interest in real agriculture. Are people being inspired by Farmville, to the point of looking into Agricultural Science programs?

Could I ask that question of a real Ag Science advisor without getting punched in the face?

Written by Not Jaffo

September 29, 2010 at 09:26

Posted in Facebook, Games

links for 2010-09-28

Written by Not Jaffo

September 28, 2010 at 23:02

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links for 2010-09-27

  • The hitch is that customers sign up for the day's deal on a conditional basis — the deal only works if a sufficient number of people apply for it. If that happens, then everybody who signed up has his or her credit card billed and can then print out the Groupon to bring to the merchant in question. On the other hand, if not enough people apply for a particular day's deal, then it is canceled. The people who signed up don't get billed, and they just check the website (or get email notifications) for the next day's amazing deal.
  • The shift away from gold selling comes as European central banks reassess gold amid the financial crisis and Europe’s sovereign debt crisis. In the 1990s and 2000s, central banks swapped their non- yielding bullion for sovereign debt, which gives a steady annual return. But now, central banks and investors are seeking the security of gold.
    (tags: economics gold)

Written by Not Jaffo

September 27, 2010 at 23:31

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links for 2010-09-26

Written by Not Jaffo

September 26, 2010 at 23:01

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links for 2010-09-25

  • When we bought Toxie , in January of this year, she seemed like a great deal. We paid $1,000. That was 99 percent less than she cost dring the housing boom. Every month, when homeowners paid their mortgages, we got a check. We thought we'd make back our investment before she died. But in the end, we collected only $449.
  • Affluent and educated voters show no signs of shaking off the Democratic label. Just like the Silk Stocking liberal Republican WASPs of yore, it’s simply not a sign of sophistication to countenance socially conservative beliefs. But there are limits to how much the folks who drive the economy will accept meddling in the economy when it starts to stifle their innovation and whop them in the wallet. Libertarians shouldn’t be afraid to appeal to this segment’s social liberalism—and take credit for being out front on issues of personal freedom decades before those stances became fashionable—and argue that government meddling in the boardroom can be just harmful as meddling in the bedroom. A dose of “liberaltarianism” here may be just what the doctor ordered.
  • Friday's NYSE SI update now explains the seemingly ceaseless surge in stocks despite constantly deteriorating economic news. The reason: the gross short interest between August 31 and September 15 was completely unchanged! It appears that just as retail investors refuse to allocate capital to stocks regardless of how artificially high the market goes…
  • For those of you that don't know the meaning of the shoeshine boy reference, JFK's father, Joe Kennedy claimed that he knew it was time to get out of stocks in 1929 when he received investing tips from a shoeshine boy. Ever since, the shoeshine boy has been the metaphor for "time to get out"; for the end of the mania phase in which everyone, even the shoeshine boy, wants in.
  • In an exclusive interview with National Journal on Thursday, Shepard Fairey expressed his disappointment with the president — a malaise that seems representative of many Democrats who had great expectations for Obama.
    (tags: politics obama)
  • The Supreme Court of the United States has never ruled in favor of the patentability of software. Their decision in Bilski v. Kappos further demonstrates that they expect the boundaries of patent eligibility to be drawn more narrowly than they commonly were at the case's outset. The primary point of the decision is that the machine-or-transformation test should not be the sole test for drawing those boundaries. The USPTO can, and should, exclude software from patent eligibility on other legal grounds: because software consists only of mathematics, which is not patentable, and the combination of such software with a general-purpose computer is obvious.
    (tags: internet law)
  • Hats off to David Cameron and Nick Clegg. The phrase "left and right setting aside their differences and coming together to get things done" usually forebodes a disastrous expansion of government reach and power. It's almost miraculous to see the two sides embracing—rather than shedding—their limited government tendencies upon assuming power. Anyone know where I can get a "Daniels-Feingold 2012" bumper sticker?

Written by Not Jaffo

September 25, 2010 at 23:01

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