Friday, February 16, 2007

F'ed Up Fridays - XI

How could they grant her bail? Isn't she something of a flight risk? (Submitted by Tanstaafl)

Only half??

Floating university costs with market forces? Makes sense to me—but the university may come to regret it.

I know fantasy football can be fun, but you have to draw the line somewhere.

Loose websites sink... um, what's a modern equivalent that rhymes with "ships"? And what did Google negotiate for in return?

As Glenn Reynolds might say, I blame Ashkroft and Amerika.

So, apparently these people have not seen Minority Report. And they haven't talked to these people, either.

Well, they found a way to dodge taxes by paying rent to themselves—now if they can only find a way to sue themselves, maybe the 9th Circuit will be forced to decide something in their favor. (Submitted by Tanstaafl)

Well then, I went to college with a couple of stoners who can see like a hawk. (Submitted by Tanstaafl)

Um. And you get down, how? You know, if the theoretical building becomes unsafe?

It's about time the sealife started pulling its own weight. (Submitted by "Me")

This is news?

Wouldn't you expect that they'd have just lied about it?

Personally, I'm okay with blacklisting Canada just on principle—but this will work just as well.

And then they will rise up and turn us into their batteries.

I agree with the first sentence in the third paragraph. Amazing.

Unfortunately, I don't think the people who fail to change the default password on their routers are likely to visit CNET, either.

In other words, people are stupid approximately 2/3 of the time. With the exception of the Superbowl, I haven't seen a television ad in months.

Um, duh. That's how capitalism works. Now if only the billing operated on the same principles...

And planes will fall out of the sky. What do you want to bet no one even notices the error? Just in case, maybe I'll head to Natick.

Special thanks to those who submitted this week. As always, feel free to email me your F'ed Up news items.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Down with DRM

As the movement against DRM on digital music continues to gain momentum, there is a decent discussion from a couple of days ago in the comments on Tyler Cowen's Marginal Revolution. One interesting concept in his post: "DRM is a tax on digital consumers, compared to the low de facto restrictions put on CD buyers."
Also, I find it interesting to note that none of the commenters argue that DRM is GOOD for the record companies. The debate centers around just how BAD it really is.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Lies, Damn Lies, and (climate) Statistics

Arnold Kling has this piece on TCS today. My favorite line is, "Climate data looks to me suspiciously like macroeconomic data. The true information content probably is not sufficient to produce a reliable model for forecasting." Having worked, both in school and professionally, with large data sets and economic models, I have always felt that climatologists either exaggerate or misunderstand the predictive value of their models. One of the concepts that was drilled into me in school is that even the best statistical models are only explanative, not predictive. In plain English, that means, they help describe how different variables were related in the past, but they have very limited ability to tell us how complex systems will interact in the future.

However, like Mayor Giuliani, I think that some of the ideas being kicked around to prevent the spectre of global warming are good for other reasons.

That's why I was glad yesterday when I noticed this story on Instapundit. Somehow it seemed like a strangely familiar idea.

Finally, as always, it is nice to see new additions to Professor Mankiw's Pigou Club.