Thursday, January 18, 2018

Links 1/16/17

Carillion Collapse Will Leave Taxpayers With Big Bills, Produce Knock-On Failures; Shows Danger of “Public/Private Partnerships”

A first look at the implications of the failure of Carallion, a top UK infrastructure firm and provider of outsourced services to governments

Why Urban Farming Is Key in the Fight Against Hunger and Climate Change

How urban farming can help alleviate food stress and buffer climate pressures.

Hawaii Nuke Scare Due to Lousy User Interface

Bad software played a leading role in the Hawaii nuclear panic of last weekend.

2:00PM Water Cooler 1/15/2018

Today’s Water Cooler: Open thread, and also robot cars and cats

What Is The Democratic Party? (and WILDING et al. v. DNC SERVICES CORPORATION et al. Gets a New Lease on Life)

What is the Democratic Party as a legal entity, and institutionally and functionally?

Links 1/15/18

Labour Scarcity and Labour Coercion: Serfdom in Bohemia

Institutions are widely viewed as a fundamental cause of economic performance. But what are the causes of institutions?

CES Shows That the Future Will Not Work

The top consumer tech show in the US was chock full of products that visibly did not work, and no one seemed bothered.

Why Pretty Much Everything You Know About Depression Is Wrong

A new book takes issue with the widespread medicalization of depression.

Social Media, the “Dopamine Loop,” and the Role of the Software Engineer

Thoughts on the social media and the “dopamine loop”, and the role of the software engineer in creating it.

Links 1/14/18

J.P. Morgan Health Conference All About The Deals Amid Uncertainty For Millions

There’s so much money floating around here this week, you can almost see it wafting through the air.

Links 1/13/18

Careers and Families of High-Skilled Women in the Age of High Inequality

Who’d have thunk it? Cheap servants mean high income career women have more kids.