MLP: DNS, web business, science fiction, finance...
As of Public
Domain Day (yesterday) Robert Baden-Powell's
Scouting for Boys enters the public
domain. Looking forward to grabbing a copy. Anybody
put one up yet?
For all of you who have moved
your domain to a new registrar,
or if you're running into DNS issues,
or just want to make sure your DNS is
set up correctly (it can be tweaky), here's a DNS
checklist from Rick Moen on the
SVLUG list. (To get started on DNS
basics, see this story, also from Rick: The
Village of Lan: A Networking Fairy Tale)
pricing factoid from Rian van der Merwe: "Facebook
says that they have over 800 million active users,
and that 'more than 50% of our active users log
on to Facebook in any given day.' So let’s, for
argument’s sake, say that about 500 million users
visit Facebook every day. If each of those users
paid Facebook $2 per year, the revenue would cover
the cost of running the site. Just increase that to
$3 per year, or 25c per month, and you suddenly have
$1.5B revenue per year (or roughly $500M profit, based
on Facebook’s rough estimate of their operating
costs). Let’s be clear about this: it’s the cost
of one coffee per year."
are the unacknowledged
legislators of the world, science
fiction writers are the unacknowledged CTOs.
Benjamin Mako Hill: Wide
Scream. (Ideas? Best I can think of is to turn
a 1920x1200 by 90 degrees, and use that for most things and
the laptop screen for stuff that has to be wide.)
Thomas Philippon: Has
the finance industry become less efficient?
(But, I wonder, is it fair to talk about
"efficiency" of what's really just economic sin-eating?
Imagine that you put your retirement savings
into Enron, or pork bellies, or
Las Vegas real estate, or whatever, and you lose
most of it--the guilt over your bad decisions is a
non-financial cost to you. Now imagine that you gave
the money to whatever financial wizards are currently
"the smartest guys in the room" and they lose it.
What could you have done? Intangibly you're better
off and all they take for it is money.)
I've heard that in the German Navy of the
Kaiser's time, the enlisted sailors's
diet was a health hazard until they
established the simple rule that the officers
eat what the sailors do, after they're done. Finland
does something like that for education.
Hillary Rettig's blog, recommended
by RMS, is full of wisdom. New Year's piece: "There’s
also another, even more pernicious form of
procrastination: activities that mimic productive
Syndicated 2012-01-02 17:31:57 from Don Marti