Assorted links

by on August 13, 2010 at 10:13 am in Web/Tech | Permalink

1. Layman's overview of P vs. NP and the new proof, and origami is NP hard.

2. Many prediction tools, from Ian Ayres.

3. Rumored Romer replacements.

4. Photos of "ugly animals," though many I find cute or more intriguing than ugly.

5. German growth beats estimates: "Laurence Boone, chief economist at Barclays Capital France, said the breakdown of the GDP figures was “somewhat surprising” because it was growth boosted by a 0.4 per cent increase in household consumption, which had been expected to be flat given unemployment and impending fiscal retrenchment."  Germany is growing at an annualized rate of over eight percent this quarter.  This divergence, however, does increase the strain on the euro.  Unfortunately, Germany is still quite exposed to potential real economy weaknesses from China and the weak eurozone countries.  There is more detail here.

1 charlie August 13, 2010 at 10:25 am

Why is germany exposed to the weak eurozone countries? The more they suffer, the more the Euro goes down, and the easier Germans find it to sell outside the Eurozone. Look at the luxury car exports to China — out of control.

2 bel August 13, 2010 at 10:48 am
3 William August 13, 2010 at 11:55 am

3. Oh god, please do not give Larry Summers more influence than he already has! He seems to be abusing it enough at is it.

4 Ahmet Cihat Toker August 13, 2010 at 3:32 pm

i cannot access n/np paper. can anyone care to send me, or give me link that works?

5 Candadai Tirumalai August 14, 2010 at 11:12 am

I agree that some of the animals are cute or intriguing rather than
ugly. Beauty does indeed lie in the eye of the beholder.
I knew a couple who had a boa constrictor for a pet, and assumed
they knew what they were doing.

6 indianajim August 15, 2010 at 1:08 am

To replace Romer, I’d like to see and anti-Romer like say Amity Slaes; she uses the prism of history rather than pandering to central planners:

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