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: https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJlbWFpbCI6ImZlbGRnYXJkQG5jYmkubmxtLm5paC5nb3YiLCJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoiMTE3Iiwic3Vic2NyaWJlcl9pZCI6IjM4ODkyOTQ3NSIsImxpbmtfaWQiOiIyNzIwMTc0MiIsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpkaWdlc3QiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwOi8vd3d3bmMuY2RjLmdvdi9laWQvYXJ0aWNsZS8yMS81LzE0LTExODRfYXJ0aWNsZSIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAxNTA0MjIuNDQzMzQzMzEifQ.y4oyeNbi_BwsWvqOtT6jNTmangPf1yPHG49FNMfZqtQ It resolves to this: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/21/5/14-1184_article 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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The Heartbleed Hack and Misunderstanding the State of Our Tech Infrastructure

The state is bad. Before we get to the Heartbleed security hack, which was exploited by the NSA, it’s worth revisiting our usual plaint regarding the state of science infrastructure: One of the ridiculous things about many depictions of science … Continue reading

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The Internet of Boring Things (How the Current VC Mindset Makes No Sense to Me)

Recently, I had a conversation with a friend at a biotech startup who told me that you don’t actually want to make a modest, consistent profit because that means your company is ‘mature’ and you then won’t be able to … Continue reading

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Why I Oppose the Comcast-TimeWarner Merger

When it comes to the entertainment industry, it’s always worth listening to former TimeWarner executive Howie Klein. Here’s what he has to say (boldface mine): As Ken pointed out, he’s an East Coast victim of TimeWarner Cable; I’m a West … Continue reading

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