Author Archives: Dan

Debt Brake

All this talk of cut, cap, and balance among Republicans sounds nice, but as a policy matter, the balanced budget amendment seems like a bad idea. There are perfectly legitimate reasons to run deficits much of the time, particularly when … Continue reading

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Google Books settlement thrown out

A federal judge threw out a complicated legal settlement reached between Google, the Authors Guild, and the Association of American Publishers, which set out rules by which Google could digitize and share copyrighted works. The settlement had allowed Google to … Continue reading

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Big Data

Fascinating article on GigaOm today about how Netflix will use its enromous troves of user data to license and promote original content. Netflix keeps data on each of its users viewing and rental habits. It uses that data to suggest … Continue reading

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Two pieces of interesting news from Libya

Two interesting stories from the Libyan war make me even more skeptical of the Obama Administration’s competence in handling the issue. First, the Arab League issued a pretty strongly worded criticism of the UN intervention. Admittedly, the Arab League is … Continue reading

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Worst foul ever and then 1.4 seconds later a new worst foul ever

Today, Butler upset no. 1 seeded Pitt in the NCAA tournament. I watched most of the game when I should have been working on my thesis. But the end of the game included the worst foul that I’ve ever seen. … Continue reading

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You know a military operation has problems when…

It’s led by French forces. Fortunately, after some initial French leadership, the big boys took over in Libya. The WSJ reports that American and British forces targeted Libya’s Soviet-era air defense system with a cruise missile barrage. U.S. and U.K. … Continue reading

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In the too little too late category…

The UN has approved a no-fly zone for Libya. Russia, China, India, Germany and Brazil all abstained on the resolution, avoiding a veto but indicating significant international uncertainty about whether this is the right approach. News articles indicate that French … Continue reading

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