Category Archives: Internet

The Difference Between Middlemen and A Real New Economy

One thing about the new economy is that many of these supposedly new jobs are pretty much the same old ones: When I look at the jobs most of the people who left [Amazon] had, these don’t appear to be … Continue reading

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Why The Twitter Icon Uproar Is Sort of Important

Last week, Twitter changed its “Favorite” gold star icon to a “Like” heart icon–and when you like something, the heart does a sparkly starburst thing. People were upset with the change, which inevitably led to self-righteous exclamations of “Don’t you … Continue reading

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I Still Do Not Understand The Economics of ‘Free’ Internet Ads

A couple of years ago, I wondered if the rise of ad blockers and tools that nuke various internet trackers would undermine the ad-based internet model: But while this [ad blocking] brings the Mad Biologist joy, it’s an economic disaster. … Continue reading

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How Does One Even Make an URL Like This?

I receive emails with journal tables of contents, including Emerging Infectious Disease. Here’s the url of an article provided in the article: It resolves to this: Not clear to me why the first version is needed, or how … Continue reading

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The Best ‘Explainer’ of Net Neutrality

We don’t need no stinkin’ Vox. Because we have John Oliver (it’s worth watching):

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This Is Either Really Good or Really Awful Web Ad Placement

This is the ‘content’: This is the sidebar ad: I think someone’s ad bot is either a genius or very broken.

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The Math Behind Venture Capital, and the Need for Home Runs

Recently, I discussed how venture capital in the tech sectors is weird: every investor is swinging for the fences. Rachel Chalmers describes the financial incentives (boldface mine): Besides being custodians of the fund and therefore honor-bound to seek the best … Continue reading

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