Tag Archives: Technology

California Dreamin’: Minimum Wage to $15

The Minimum Wage is one of the worst offenders of all well-meaning but bad ideas. When I hear people agitate for a higher minimum wage, I assume that they really believe they are helping the most vulnerable workers in the labor market. The truth is the opposite: they are harming the most vulnerable workers in […]

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3-D Print Your Own Braces?

On Fox News, we read: Amos Dudley wears his skills in his smile. The digital design major has been straightening his top teeth for the past 16 weeks using clear braces he made himself. “I’m still wearing the last one,” Dudley told CNNMoney on Tuesday. “The last one” refers to the twelfth and final straightening […]

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Will Robots Replace All Workers?

Mainstream conservatives love to hold up immigration as a major source of job loss among working Americans. I am not familiar with the statistics they usually use to support this. But I say this with confidence: it is mostly utter baloney. It’s true that any given immigrant may compete with any given American worker for […]

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Zeroes and Ones.

In case you didn’t already know, let me fill you in on something: We currently live in the greatest age of international liberty ever seen by mankind. Communication is the cheapest and most efficient it has ever been, and it is completely decentralized. The digital revolution has utterly chewed away at models of top-down control […]

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Ron Paul: “RIP, Internet?”

From the Ron Paul Institute, as written by Ron Paul: Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a non-elected federal government agency, voted three-to-two to reclassify broadband Internet as a common carrier service under Title II of the Communications Act. This means that – without the vote of Congress, the peoples’ branch of government – a […]

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Net Neutrality: A Bad Idea.

On WhiteHouse.gov, we read: More than any other invention of our time, the Internet has unlocked possibilities we could just barely imagine a generation ago. And here’s a big reason we’ve seen such incredible growth and innovation: Most Internet providers have treated Internet traffic equally. That’s a principle known as “net neutrality” — and it […]

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The End of Gun Control: 3D Printed Bullets.

On Wired.com, we read: As 3-D printed guns have evolved over the past 18 months from a science-fictional experiment into a subculture, they’ve faced a fundamental limitation: Cheap plastic isn’t the best material to contain an explosive blast. Now an amateur gunsmith has instead found a way to transfer that stress to a component that’s actually […]

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On a Lighter Note… Pop Culture Roulette.

Usually, my articles are of an entirely serious nature. However, I’m not above spreading the mirth when it’s available. Do you enjoy laughing and remembering the weird things about pop culture from when you were a kid? Do you enjoy hearing eclectic perspectives on the current state of pop culture, and predictions on where it’s […]

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They’re Reading Your E-Mail: Court Upholds Snooping.

On ComputerWorld.com, we read: In a decision that could have broad privacy implications, a federal court in New York Thursday ordered Microsoft to comply with a U.S. government demand for a customer’s emails stored on a company server in Dublin, Ireland. The decision upholds an earlier magistrate court decision. Microsoft’s closely watched dispute with the […]

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Space Junk, Politicians, and Wasted Money.

The threat of space junk is growing, according to some American lawmakers, and it has the potential to create a telecommunications disaster not unlike the one seen in the Sandra Bullock and George Clooney film “Gravity”. In the film, disaster strikes when the destruction of a satellite in orbit produces a chain reaction in which […]

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