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When radio and television first came around, governments invested in public broadcasts to various degres. In many western democracies, public networks still form the backbone of the media ecology. They can be slow-moving and have difficulty adapting to new circumstances,...
joat commented on
In point of fact, nothing is to be done because the system is path dependent. What you see is what we're going to get, only more so....
George Carty commented on
Do you think that Hillary's "blue wall" crumbled in part because of an out-migration of Democrat-leaning voters from those states to other states where their votes wouldn't affect the Electoral College outcome, rather than because they voted Trump this time in defiance of globalization?...
RDSouth commented on
Kind of like what Emilio Estavez's character does in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisdom_(film) except using a computer instead of an uzi....
Moz commented on
To avoid crippling fees, you need to maintain a certain minimum balance. When I arrived in Australia about 2000 that was the case. But there was a wave of change and these days fee-free accounts are the norm. To the point where I have accounts with three different banks purely because that's easier than grinding through the process to close the accounts. There's no need for those fees any more, at least with the more internet-enabled banks. An accurate fee would be a few cents a year which would mostly over the reporting costs (in other words the exact cost...
Moz commented on
One thing in Australia is that post offices are often agencies now, a corner of the chemist or part of the newsagency. But they all offer a whole heap of services, to the point where it's common for staff to look up the thing on their computer and say "right, I print this form, you fill it out, I stamp it then scan it into the computer, you pay $10.25, and I give you a receipt". They literally have never seen that form before in 99% of cases. We have had to do this several times to get a mortgage...
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- Common Misconceptions About Publishing—a series of essays about the industry I work in.
- How I Got Here In The End —my non-writing autobiography, or what I did before becoming a full-time writer.
- Unwirer—an experiment in weblog mediated collaborative fiction.
- Shaping the Future—a talk I gave on the social implications of Moore's Law.
- Japan: first impressions — or, what I did on my holidays
- Inside the MIT Media Lab—what it’s like to spend a day wandering around the Media Lab.
- The High Frontier, Redux — space colonization: feasible or futile?
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