Web/Tech

"New Weapon for Blockchain Startups: Nobel Prize-Winning Brains"

Note to the haters--you know who you are--the "Brains" referred to are four professional economists.

Also there's this:

. . . led by Pat Bajari, Amazon has hired more than 150 Ph.D. economists in the past five years, making them the largest employer of tech economists.  In fact, Amazon now has several times more full time economists than the largest academic economics department, and continues to grow at a rapid pace.

(That's Tyler Cowen, quoting a recent paper by Susan Athey and Michael Luca.)


"Verizon's ultra-fast 5G Home internet service will begin rolling out October 1st, and will offer download speeds 10 times faster than the US average"

Maybe. I've seen promises like this before. But . . . maybe this time will be different.

Verizon says that customers of the new service, Verizon 5G Home, "should expect typical network speeds around 300 Mbps and, depending on location, peak speeds of nearly 1 Gbps, with no data caps." In short, Verizon 5G Ha 1 GB file in 28 seconds.ome customers should typically expect extremely fast internet speeds.

1 Gbps translates to 1,000 Mbps, which would let you download a 1 GB file in eight seconds, which is incredibly fast. Even the 300 Mbps speeds that customers should typically expect is fast, allowing customers to download 


"Thoughts from a road trip about life, nature, government, and technology"

A fine rant. Sample:

The reason the government wants to move to cars powered by flammable, polluting lithium-ion batteries is because the government claims that clear, non-pollutant CO2 is destroying the planet and causing dire climate change based on inaccurate manipulated computer models.

Then I thought, wouldn't it be nice to travel in a driverless electric car so there would be no worries?  After all, our GPS worked well, except:

  • It didn't recognize that speed limits changed in construction zones.
  • The GPS didn't work in gas stations, restaurants, tolling booths, toll plazas, mountain tunnels, driveways, garages, or over the Hudson River Bridge.
  • It was lost for eight miles in Windsor, Ontario trying to get back to the U.S.

Otherwise, it was great.