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Small Bits of Chaos

  • Thomas Schelling is, without a doubt, one of the smartest people I’ve ever been privileged to meet. There’s a long interview with him at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. (Via Marginal Revolution.)
  • Ryan Singel has a long excerpt from Joe Lieberman. Normally, I don’t agree with much he has to say, but this is worth reading:

    I would like to quote from a letter the conferees received from Governor Thomas Kean and Congressman Lee Hamilton, a letter that reflected the unanimous view of the Commissioners. Referring to the House provisions on immigration, they said, and I quote: “We believe strongly that this bill is not the right occasion for tackling controversial immigration and law enforcement issues that go well beyond the Commission’s recommendations. We note in this regard that some of these provisions have been advocated in response to Commission recommendations. They are not Commission recommendations.” The Commissioners then added, and I quote again: “We believe we are better off with broad bipartisan agreement on key recommendations of the Commission in support of border security than taking up a number of controversial provisions that are more central to the question of immigration policy than they are to the question of counterterrorism.”

  • ScreenDiscussion discusses the ethics of hiding your screening behind a “no law against it” smokescreen in Take Responsibility in the Privacy Debate. I am sympathetic to the view that liberty means that we can do all sorts of things, but that doesn’t mean that we should.
  • has an article on OS makers: Security is job No. 1, which matches my predictions that as operating systems tend to commodities, and there are fewer features to add, they’ll start to compete on security.
  • If this isn’t a contradiction, Xeni has a long article at Boingboing on “Zabasearch: Your identity, open to all.” It My objection to such things is not that they are available, but that they are seeded with data collected from us by the government. With the passage of REALID, it will be impossible to exist without a National ID card in the US. Today, I use a PO box for all such things. Tomorrow, that will be impossible.