Assorted links

by on October 18, 2008 at 1:21 pm in Web/Tech | Permalink

1. Price Fishback on New Deal mortgage aid

2. Using the placebo effect for health care policy

3. Finger-tapping speed peaks at age 39 for men

4. Markets in everything: betting on Turing machines

ogmb October 18, 2008 at 3:12 pm

In high school, when we got our first Casio pocket calculators, we used to play this game where we would punch “1” “+” “+” and then “=” a hundred times as fast as we could to make the display count up to 101. We called it the hundred meter dash. It was a humbling experience that none of us could do it in less than ten seconds (the fastest one, a drummer in a band, did it in about 12 seconds), so we were slower tapping a finger than the fastest athletes racing the hundred meters. Maybe I should’ve kept the calculator and tried it again later…

Stephen October 18, 2008 at 3:27 pm

Turing trade looks like a scam to me. Nowhere do I see any identification of who is behind it. I suspect that anyone who enters their credit card information or whatever to make trades there is asking for trouble.

rluser October 18, 2008 at 3:39 pm

turingtrade only asks for a username and password

Tyler Cowen October 18, 2008 at 4:43 pm

Click on “What is Turing trade?”

Peter de Blanc October 18, 2008 at 7:40 pm

Too bad it’s not a site for betting on whether Turing machines will halt.

Bill Mill October 19, 2008 at 10:05 am

Thank you Mark, Peter and Andy, I came here to say exactly the same thing. I was wondering how the heck one would bet on Turing machines.

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