Brad DeLong channels Cosma Shalizi:
Haven’t you just constructed an enormous and pointless intellectual apparatus involving […], in increasing order of implausibility, speaking intelligent aquatic waterfowl, options pricing, Vulcans, teleportation, Bayesianism, and time-travel just in order to be able to say the obvious thing: “The probability of an HRC victory is uncertain: it might be as low as 0.45 or as high as 0.95, and we will be able to sharpen our estimate as election day comes closer”?
Well, I laughed. Maybe you just had to be there. Or read the whole thing. Note that the order of implausible events is nicely snarky.
I’m going to be on WLRN’s “Topical Currents” call-in show today at 1pm, to discuss our book Robot Law, and the topic of robots more generally. I’ll post a link to the podcast version when I have it.
It’s more dangerous than we suspected.
(“Ivy League economist ethnically profiled, interrogated for doing math on American Airlines flight” … although he’s actually … wait for it … Italian.)
Spotted via Kevin Drum, Heroic Passenger Recognizes Quantitative Economics as True Threat to America.
I am wondering if I need a new blog category for “paranoia”?
For the record: under Win 7, IE 11, the Avira antivirus browser plugin causes Google’s calendar site, GCal, to freeze up and do other strange things. Using just Avira real-time protection, the main anti-virus program, does not cause the problem, just the browser add-on. The odd thing was that Gmail worked fine, but Gcal locked up, or got caught in a scripting error.
The fix is simple: disable the Avira add-on.
And, before you ask, no I don’t use IE much, but I do use it to access a 2nd gcal calendar that belongs to an organization without signing out of Google on my main browser or commingling the two identities in any way.
A guy is selling a T TSD 3600 Pair Clipper Chip Version New in Box Unused on E-Bay.
I have a birthday coming up, but the asking price is $250, which is just a bit too expensive. And I imagine the price will go up. Plus it sounds like they’d be hard to use, too.
Spotted via Scheier.
(Why do I care? The Metaphor is the Key: Cryptography, the Clipper Chip and the Constitution, 143 U. Penn. L. Rev. 709 (1995) and It Came From Planet Clipper, 1996 U. Chi. L. Forum 15.)