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The Turducken Problem: Shadow Banking From the Top-Down or Bottom-Up?
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 03:21 AM EST
So if it quacks like a bank, suffers runs like a bank, and is saved like a bank, it needs to be regulated like a bank.

The difficulty is how to narrowly tailor bank-like regulations (from capital requirements to liquidity regulations) to address the specific forms of risk posed by each kind of shadow market. As I put it, you donít regulate a turkey the same as a duck or a chicken. This turducken problem led some of my co-panelists to believe a bottom-up approach to regulation (one that focuses on market failures of individual instruments) makes more sense than a top-down approach (starting with the conceptual problems of shadow banking and then figuring out how to tailor policy approaches to particular contexts).

I continue to think a top-down approach helps focus on what are the big picture market failures and systemic risks that we should care about Ė bank runs and liquidity crises; high leverage; and correlated risk-taking and herd behavior by financial institutions.

Erik Gerding, The Conclomerate

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Microsoft has released Skype 4.1 for Linux
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 10:12 AM EST
Microsoft has released Skype 4.1 for Linux

What is going on?!

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Apparently the benefits of patents for Pharma have been overstated
Authored by: artp on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 11:23 AM EST

I keep hearing that we need to keep patents for the pharmaceutical industry because we really need them to innovate, and we need to reward the long development cycles and validation cycles for them so that we have enough drugs - and the right kind.

Apparently, the memo didn't get out to the Pharma industry. The New York Times has an article entitled "Drug Shortages Persist in U.S., Harming Care" [Sorry about the potential paywall if you aren't registered with them] showing that there is a drug shortage in the US. Never mind the rest of the world. We are talking about a drug shortage in the most advanced country in the world. Obviously, there is something fundamentally wrong with this situation. It's worse than Hostess going bankrupt and selling off their Twinkies and Ho-Hos. What is the world coming to?

There is nothing different about the Pharma industry. They are just as greedy, just as bureaucratic, just as stiff and resistant to change as any other US industry. Nothing that we give them, bribe them with, or tempt them with will ever change that. It's time to tell the whole US money structure to sink or swim. Portions of US industry are already swimming, so we know that it is possible. Those portions appear to be lighter on MBAs and lawyers than the ones that aren't swimming. Perhaps it is time to drop the rock, and get on with life. This one isn't working.

There is no need for patents anywhere in US industry. If we were able to do it once, why can't we have faith that we will be able to do it again? And if we can't, that someone else will be able to do what we couldn't? Let's get rid of patents completely, and reclaim our culture by reducing copyright to something less than the original 28 years, while expanding fair use provisions so that we can also have remixes, fan fiction, parodies and critical commentary. I should be able to whistle those iconic tunes from my youth without being sent a bill that would bankrupt a small country. I helped make them popular, they would have shriveled on the vine without fans, yet fans can't use them in public without a performance tax.

Perhaps (I'm not holding my breath) the recent Republican study on the reform of copyright will grow legs and get somewhere.

Userfriendly on WGA server outage:
When you're chained to an oar you don't think you should go down when the galley sinks ?

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Nexus 10 - Working apk for Flipboard at XDA-developers
Authored by: SilverWave on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 12:19 PM EST
Flipboard v1.9.10 now available.

More Nexus 10 details here: My Google Nexus 10

RMS: The 4 Freedoms
0 run the program for any purpose
1 study the source code and change it
2 make copies and distribute them
3 publish modified versions

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What's going on here?
Authored by: sciamiko on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 12:37 PM EST
From Mike Masnick at Techdirt :
Late on Friday, the Republican Study Committee, which is the caucus for the House Republicans, released an amazing document debunking various myths about copyright law and suggesting key reforms.

If you're used to Congress not understanding copyright, prepare to be surprised. It's clear, thorough and detailed about just how problematic copyright has become and why it needs to change. To give you a sense of where the document heads, note the final line:

Current copyright law does not merely distort some markets -- rather it destroys entire markets.
There is a lot in this document, and we can't go through it all, but I highly recommend reading through it.
The republicans suggesting the public should benefit?


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US WCIT ambassador: Some things aren't negotiable
Authored by: JamesK on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 03:19 PM EST
The U.S. won't agree to limit free speech online or to new international regulations for the Internet, Kramer says

The following program contains immature subject matter.
Viewer discretion is advised.

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Canadian government requesting removal of defamatory content, blog posts: Google report
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, November 18 2012 @ 12:41 PM EST
Googleís latest Transparency Report shows that the Canadian government is increasingly requesting that Google remove content from its websites, primarily for reasons of defamation.

The Canadian government requested the removal of 405 pieces of content between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2012. Of these, 325 were because the content was deemed defamatory. The Google service most targeted by these removal requests was Blogger, followed by YouTube.

The number of requests that Canada makes has been increasing. Read it on Global News: Global Regina | Canadian government requesting removal of defamatory content, blog posts: Google report

Leslie Young, Global News

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Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, November 18 2012 @ 02:48 PM EST
Zeus in the Mobile

Yes, I know, f-secure are in the patent medicine business,
but they do seem to make some attempt to understand the illness.

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Flat view cuts at 300 posts
Authored by: kuroshima on Monday, November 19 2012 @ 12:45 PM EST
There's something that has been nagging me for a while. Once
the discussion gets long enough (100+ replies), I often
switch to flat view to check the new messages since the last
time I read the comments. However, it seems that Geeklog
limits the replies to 300, meaning that I need to change to
newest first, and browse them as if people were top-posting.

Is it me, or does that bother you too?

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