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Stuff with the Perl Foundation. A couple of patches in the Perl core. A few CPAN modules. That about sums it up.

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Monday January 05, 2004
01:06 AM

"The Market Paradox" is now online

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My article The Market Paradox is now posted. It will be interesting to see how (if) people respond.

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  • I agree with your main two points, as I understood them:

        1. The economist's theoretical "ideal market" does not reflect reality.
        2. Imbalances in knowledge can cause power imbalances which make markets less
                "efficient."

    I think one can look further into this topic, however.

    1. Those with greater property are generally at an advantage in the
            "marketplace". For example, employers usually can go without a few
  • I clicked on it and saw only your second article. That's OK, I like this topic better. Briefly:

    * All the justices have a far more substantial conflict of interest than whose kids work for whom: they are deciding the fate of who will probably select their next colleague, and their next leader (should Rehnquist retire).

    * There is absolutely no indication that who these removed people would have voted for. There are definitely problems with it, and it needs to be fixed, but to make it a partisan thing is
    • Some of the items you mention were addressed in my notes, but the article was going on too long and I tightened it.

      I'm at work, so I don't have the book handy, but Greg Palast's "The Best Democracy That Money Can Buy" is well worth reading. I suspect that fraud occurred, but it would be tough to prove without an actual inquiry.

      As for the way the voters might have chosen to vote, while you would be correct if you meant that we cannot pinpoint how a particular individual would have voted, I think we can

      • I think we can make some same assumptions about the trend of the voting

        It depends on what the purpose of those assumptions are. For the purpose of discussion, sure. For making assertions about who "would have been elected," absolutely not.

        And again, I know there were problems with the list. But it is something that happens a lot and was only reported because of the closeness of the election. I think the greater problem is the list itself, not who may or may not have gotten votes because of it, becaus
        • Ugh. That should have read "we can make some *safe* assumptions".

          It depends on what the purpose of those assumptions are. For the purpose of discussion, sure. For making assertions about who "would have been elected," absolutely not.

          The purpose is exactly what I stated: we could safely make assumptions about the likely trend of voting. I didn't make any claims about who would have been elected because that would have been silly.

          As for the media coverage, there was plenty: about pregnant and hang

          • The purpose is exactly what I stated: we could safely make assumptions about the likely trend of voting.

            To what end? That's what I don't see. If you are not trying to say Gore would have won, then what is the point? To say that this is evidence the Republicans did it with malice aforethought? That's quite a stretch.

            Still, ask the average American about the voters who were removed from the Florida voter rolls. I think you'll get blank looks.

            Perhaps, but I wouldn't attribute that to lack of media co
            • Our disagreements about issues like this seem pretty entrenched, but this is why I disabled comments on my original journal entry. I find it far too easy to get dragged into a discussion like this, but if I'm going to get into an extended debate with someone, I'd much prefer to do it in my LiveJournal or in the @political forum. On the other hand, if I feel that way, perhaps I shouldn't post the links in the first place :/