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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Scalable democracy


How can a representative democracy work, without the risk of corruption, subversion, and tedious partisan behavior we see at present? A couple of observations take us part of the way to a solution, and a final clue takes us the rest of the way. Clues First impressions – at least in my experience, turned out […]

User interface fail – in a research building


Went to a seminar at UCI on advanced user interfaces, in a new/fancy building paid for by a local billionaire. This is what i see – in the building used for seminars – when I go to UCI, usually for a talk related the user interface design. This panel to call the elevator is in […]

Corporate rights


Back in the late 1970′s or early 1980′s I saw an advertisement from an oil company (I think it was Mobile) asking the question – if individuals have rights, should not corporations also have rights? The question stuck with me, as then I had no idea what answer made sense. Many years later the answer […]