White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"
Oh, the hibris of politicians. Once self-sufficient space colonies exist, it is highly unlikely terrestrial governments will have any hold on them. There will be a solar system civilization, but the USG will not be a part of it for long.
Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales
People are very quick to blame the automotive lobby for buying the Michigan government, but there would be nothing to buy if the Michigan politicians weren't already whores.
Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right
He was wrong on IP back in the 1970s and he's wrong on economics now. Piketty didn't actually contribute much to economic understanding with his book, but he did contribute a verbose defense of the same redistributism that has failed over and over again.
Piketty is influenced greatly by Marx and Marxists, leaving out entirely the contributions of classical liberal economists like Bawerk, Menger and Mises who together have provided a deep understanding of the necessary process of capital accumulation, and private property rights. If one is to advance a theory that capital needs to be expropriated and redistributed by state action, one must be able to refute those theories, which Piketty simply fails to acknowledge.
Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism
The Open Source approach has worked so well because people are at complete liberty to build on existing ideas and existing work, *not* because users are supposed to audit the code they're running. Almost no one does that, but a few do, and sometimes they decide to take what does work and throw out what doesn't. In FLOSS this can happen faster and with greater frequency than with IP-encumbered code. Whether you have faith in it or not, it works.
China to Build a Zero-Carbon Green City
It's going to take more PR than this to gloss over the forced abortions, religious persecution, torture, and the slaughter of the homeless.