“My voice is my password” and similar phrases have begun to be used for secure voice authentication for banks and health insurers and other critical services that require security and privacy. It’s likely that several of your own service providers will roll this out in the next couple of years. Progress, right? The problem is […]
I have felt like this before. Check out XKCD for more of this.
It may be time to pull out the old Milo Optimisation Post. It was trivial 5 years ago and it’s still intended as funny rather than serious, but the sad, sad thing is that the lesson still hasn’t been learnt in our airports and probably a range of other entities. The security check point is […]
Should South Africa import Chinese television sets? Your answer to this question depends probably on your education. If you were university educated in South Africa, you are likely to be in the market at various times in your life for a large LED backlit LCD panel with a high refresh rate and more HDMI inputs […]
Any model is a simplification of reality. If it isn’t, then it isn’t a model as rather is the reality. A MODEL ISN’T REALITY Any simplified model I can imagine will also therefore not match reality exactly. The closer the model gets to the real world in more scenarios, the better it is. Not all […]
Hooked up to the Internet wirelessly and to GPS, the system tabulates a charge for each car trip by using a mileage-based formula that also takes account of a car’s fuel efficiency, the time of day and the route.
Stand aside Freakonomics, here is a very real, very current, very practical application of economics, incentives and game theory to a universal city development problem. Provide fewer parking spaces to help manage the car and parking problem in congested downtown areas. Bit by bit, for the past 40 years, the city of Copenhagen has done […]
South Africa’s unemployment is a different creature from that in the US and in the developed world’s papers at the moment. We don’t have a cyclical lack of demand (although demand isn’t as robust as I’d like). We have massive, unmanaged structural unemployment in large sectors of the economy. I say “in large sectors of […]