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economics | Jason E. Shao

At Jasig Dallas

In Dallas at the Jasig Conference, getting ready for the Board meeting where we’ll be looking at licensing, incubation, and some other strategic concerns related to open-source in HigherEd. Already had some great conversations about CAS & credential replay, Peoplesoft integration, and open-source economics & dynamics. P.S. Ian Dolphin clarified over beers last night that ...

Pop!Casts: Adrian Bowyer

Pop!Casts: A machine that builds itself? Adrian Bowyer, leading researcher at the University of Bath, shows us that this seemingly fantastic idea is not far from becoming reality. The self-replicating rapid prototyper, or “RepRap,” could have dramatic effects on people in developing countries. (Via The Pirates Dilemma.) The thought of being able to take any ...

Bush, Kerry, and voting Independent?

There’s been a lot of heated debate over dishonesty and manipulation of facts after the Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates. In many ways I think the items that are attracting outrage are relatively small, and those more deserving of public scrutiny seem to be getting ignored. For instance, given the overall context of a political debate, ...

Kantor on One-time Emails

One-Time-Use E-Mail Addresses – You sign up with a address company (e.g., “NoSpam.com”) that you give your real address to. When you need to provide a valid e-mail address on a site, you click a button and NoSpam would instantly generate an address — maybe “x43gti@akantor.nospam.com.” Ugly? Yeah. But who cares? You could specify how ...

Bjorn Lomborg: Poverty is ‘real pollution’

Poverty is ‘real pollution’ – Dr Lomborg has angered the green lobby by daring to challenge certain “truths” about environmental decline. He has accused the greens of exaggerating problems and of ignoring the facts. [BBC News] I especially like Bjorn’s attempts to put environmentalism in perspective as a movement that needs to USE tools like ...

Economics of Taxation (Excellent)

I had the great pleasure of sitting in on a session of “Prof. Altschuler’s”:http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~altshule and have to say that in that one class she managed to convince me that she is one of the 5 best instructors I have had the privledge of seeing at “Rutgers”:http://www.rutgers.edu . Unfortunately, there do not appear to be any ...