Over at American Spectator, Shawn Macomber writes about being arrested in New York this week, and suggests a reality TV show is in order: It could be called POWDERKEG! Each week, I’ll be arrested without my rights being read to me and held for 14 hours while police refuse to tell me what charges I’m…Read More "Four More Pretzels?"
Responding to my earlier comments about science being easier at a distance, both Nude Cybot and Justin Mason have offered up substantial and useful comments on the subjects of biological taxonomies. (Justin’s have moved to email.) “Classification in Biology, or phylogenetics, is fraught with issues that we typically do not face when creating our own…Read More Taxonomies are hard
If you ever saw Julia Child or Jacques Pepin take apart a chicken, you’ll remember how easy they made it look. It’s a level of skill that we can all aspire to. Watching Ed Hasbrouck take apart the latest incarnation of free wheelchairs for paraplegic children is like watching Julia Child take apart a chicken.…Read More Free Wheelchairs for Paraplegic Children
In Wikipedia vs. Britannica Smackdown, Ed Felten takes my challenge. In the meanwhile, I’d done some hypothesizing, here. So how’d I do? Hypothesis 1 is spot on. #2 is more challenging to assess: The errors in Britannica are smaller, and I think I’ll judge myself wrong. #3 I think is accurate, if only because of…Read More Wikipedia vs Britannica tested
A few days ago, I challenged Ed Felten to do some more comparison work. In the spirit of Milgram, I didn’t propose a theory. (This was mostly because I was trying to make a good joke about assigning the professor homework, but couldn’t come up with one.) However, on consideration, I think that I should…Read More Wikipedia vs Britannica
As part of a larger project on security configuration issues, I’m doing a lot of learning about taxonomies and typographies right now. (A taxonomy is a hierarchical typography.) I am often jealous of the world of biology, where there are underlying realities that can be used for categorization purposes. (A taxonomy needs a decision tree.…Read More Science is easier from the outside
this post by Todd Zywicki clearly illustrates the difference between law professors and economics professors.Read More Volokh commentary
In Educated Guesswork, Eric Rescorla writes about one way tickets and the search criteria. The CAPPS program was created by Northwest airlines, who set the criteria for inclusion. They included one way tickets to enforce their bizarre pricing schemes. This is the same reason they started asking for ID: to cut down on the resale…Read More Airline Security
Over at Freedom To Tinker, Ed Felten writes about the Wikipedia quality debate. He takes a sampling of six entries where he’s competent to judge their quality, and assesses them. Two were excellent, one was slightly inaccurate, two were more in depth, but perhaps less accessible than a standard encyclopedia, and one (on the US…Read More Wikipedia
Over at TaoSecurity, Richard writes: Remember that one of the best ways to prevent intrusions is to help put criminals behind bars by collecting evidence and supporting the prosecution of offenders. The only way to ensure a specific Internet-based threat never bothers your organization is to separate him from his keyboard! Firstly, I’m very glad…Read More Lock 'em up!