Saturday, May 16, 2009

Stuff I Have Found Interesting Today

Obama picks a Republican Governor to be ambassador to China. I'm impressed.

The Dunbar Number as a Limit to Group Sizes 

An exploration of group sizes. The graph at the end is fascinating if it is satisfaction is highest at 7 and then again around 50, with a dip in between.

Greed's Saving Graces 
Will on efficient markets versus regulation. The article is best summed up in this quote "Greed is worse than a moral defect; it is a cause of foolish pricing. That is why markets know it when they see it. And when markets are allowed to operate, greed generates its own punishment." The key is information flow.

Google patent on floating data centers

Instead of SkyNet it will be OceanNet that is the ruin of civilization :-)

A simple overview of a Kanban process. Has a lot in common with other process improvement techniques, but the focus is on pull rather than push. 

The LoC Misintegration

Some interesting points about the nature of programming languages. Introduces the term
"referential transparency" and dismisses Java as impractical. All in 10 paragraphs!

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