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An interesting idea.  At first read my only concern is that it might demonstrate some of the pathologies of mark-to-market: that stock price is not an actual measure of value, it will fluctuate frequently in the short run, and that random volatility might make the idea harder to execute in practice.  But I assume this could be smoothed out with some sort of damping function, perhaps somehow factoring in the last six months (say) of prices rather than just the price at the instant.  And it's possible those concerns aren't that important anyway.  Anyway, an interesting idea.
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From the comments: "This is the first I've ever seen anyone argue that a conviction should be overturned because the sentence was excessive."
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Living by mutual respect and norms, not by blunt-force legalese.
Open Source Is Not A Warzone. Not Every Man Is A Dick. We are women of tech. We do Open Source. We are part of Open Source communities. We attend tech conferences, usergroups and hackathons along with our fellow male developers. And we like it. We feel the overwhelming majority of men we have to ...
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I don't get the point of this - is it really a problem to agree not to be an asshole?
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Statistics with a grain of salt, as always.
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Well-deserved.  (As I understand it, pretty much everyone else reported the issue wrongly at the instant, and they were the only ones to correctly report "upheld as a tax".)
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Coincidentally, I too worked with this guy at the United Nations.
Artur Baptista da Silva had become one of the most authoritative voices on Portuguese television, using his experience as an economist and United Nations consultant to explain why so much austerity wa...
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Judicial activism might be susceptible to definition, although I'm mostly skeptical of that possibility.  In practice, however, it pretty much means you particularly disagree with the decision in question.  Which means it basically has no value, because that's easy enough to figure out without a misleading, supposedly-disinterested description.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg believes the Roberts Court is “one of the most activist courts in history,” according to a widely cited interview with the NYT‘s Adam Liptak.   ”Activist” is a slippery label, often indicating nothing more than disagreement with a Court’s decision in a given case.  fortunately Justice Ginsburg provided Liptak with a definition.  Specifically, Ginsburg told Liptak that “if it’s measured in terms of readiness to overturn...
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"In Pakistan's 66-year history, a civilian government has never completed a full term of office and then handed power through elections to a successor administration."  Things that can be taken for granted...
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What is the purpose of insurance, indeed.
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1) Cleaning my gutters doesn't cost more when it isn't paid for through an insurance plan. It is my impression that insurance companies are able to bargain with healthcare providers more effectively than individuals and thus get the care for less total cost.
2) Failing to clean my gutters doesn't increase the probability of my house burning down. Failing to have regular checkups does increase the probability that I will end up with an expensive, noticed-too-late cancer. Now ideally, this shouldn't really be an issue since I should notice that (even with the moral hazard involved) it's still in my interest to pay for regular checkups, and the insurance company should notice that it is in its interest to incentivize me to have regular checkups. On the other hand, this often seems to fail to happen in practice, leading to pretty wasteful results.
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The US possibly saved Hugo Chavez's life in 2002.
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Okay, this isn't actually funny, sort of.  But even still, it is, and it's good to have a First Amendment that says government can't interfere with it.
I'm inclined to say that this is right — though giving someone the finger in person could be seen as constitutionally unprotected “fighting words,” because it is a face-to-face personal insult that cr...
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Backpacker, cyclist, casual ultimate player, Mozilla hacker.
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MIT '08; A.T.↓ '08, JMT↓ '10, C2C→ '11 thru-hiker.
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  • St. Matthew Lutheran School
    1990 - 2000
  • Walled Lake Central High School
    2000 - 2004
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    2004 - 2008
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