Elsewhere

1. Economic models of computer security.

2. Alain Badiou, France’s hottest thinker.  I read two of his books and was not thrilled.

3. The most rewatched movies, as selected by critics and moviemakers.  Mine would be Bergman’s Persona, which is entering its eighth viewing.  Next would be The Empire Strikes Back.

4. Teaching economics through song lyrics.

5. Dan Klein’s Mere Libertarianism: Blending Hayek and Rothbard.

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My most-watched:

The Princess Bride
What's Up, Doc?
Cable Guy
Swingers

Seen each of those at least 10 times. The first two closer to 20-30 times, probably.

There are others I've seen more than 2 or 3 times, but they don't come immediately to mind.

I read the line about "pass[ing] the cost of fraud along to their customers" as meaning that if someone hacks into the bank and takes $100 out of your account, you are out $100 with no recourse or with major difficulties proving you deserve the money back. I'm not sure Schneier groks enough economics to relate this to the Coase thoerem.

His article is a step in the right direction, but I am still not sure that Schneier and other computer security experts realize that the economically efficient optimum level of security is less than 100%.

"I am still not sure that Schneier and other computer security experts realize that the economically efficient optimum level of security is less than 100%."

Yes he does. Read his Applied Cryptography. And read anything he's had to say on the DHS.

His blog is an excellent daily read: http://www.schneier.com/blog

Most re-watched films:

Aguirre, The Wrath of God
Apocalypse Now
Betrayal (from the Pinter play)
Blade Runner
Breaker Morant
The Browning Version (the Albert Finney one)
Glengarry Glen Ross
Henry the Fifth (the Kenneth Branaugh one)
Nosferatu (the Klaus Kinski one)
Office Space
The Thin Blue Line

Hmmm. My preferences in flim seem to be based primarily on whether the title begins with an A or B. Disheartening, I would have thought my tastes to have been more profound. Speaking of which, I clicked onto the link about Alain Badiou, France's Hottest Thinker. Or, as the writer of the linked article puts it: "Badiou: Badass." May I advise others against doing the same?

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