Tuesday, May 16, 2017

WannaCry, Pirates of Mainland China?

I couldn't think of a better title, but...
HONG KONG — China is home to the world's largest group of internet users, a thriving online technology scene and rampant software piracy that encapsulates its determination to play by its own set of digital rules.
But as the country scrambles to recover from a global hacking assault that hit its companies, government agencies and universities especially hard, the risks of its dependence on pirated software are becoming clear.
Continued here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/business/china-ransomware-wannacry-hacking.html?_r=0

I bolded some things for no reason. Thank you for your understanding.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

"CS50 Lecture by Mark Zuckerberg" - YouTube

I'm reserving my opinions/judgements/etc and am going to simply post this very, very interesting time-capsule of a video.

As of this posting, Zuckerberg is worth ~63 billion dollars. This video is ~11.5 years old.


Shiller's "Brain Bugs" w/ Bonus Picture

Reading through "Finance and the Good Society" by Robert J. Shiller, though the actual "bugs" first appeared in "Irrational Exuberance." I thought this was worth sharing (from page 181):

  • Anchoring, a tendency to be influenced by extraneous cues when in ambiguous circumstances
  • A tendency to be overly influenced by storytelling, particularly human-interest stories
  • Overconfidence, particularly in ego-involving judgements
  • Nonconsequentialist reasoning, a difficulty in thinking thorugh the array of hypothetical events that could potentially occur in the future
  • Social influence, a tendency to adopt the attitudes of others around us without realizing we are doing so.
Bonus: A list of cognitive biases. There's plenty of graphical representations of these all over the internet; I'm only posting this one in particular because it's the one I happened across most recently. None of this is "new" information, and some are repeats of the above list: