Just a quick hit, in comments at Steve Randy Waldman’s: Economists who think finance is merely a veil over real production also think real production is basically just like the easy bits of finance, for example, British government bonds – negligible transaction costs, huge liquidity, instant and frictionless trading, authoritative pricing and well-defined pricing models,…Read More 37.2 homogenous capital units and one for the barman
So I was talking about Iraqi GSM networks. Now, d’you know what they’re dancing to up in Kidal, or at least they were before music was illegal, or before the French shot the piano player? No. But somebody did that as recently as 2011, asking people for tracks they had on their mobiles’ SD cards,…Read More the tape recorder, for special music
When I started hearing about a blogger called Brown Moses, who collated Syrian rebel videos and identified unexploded ordnance, and regularly posted remarkably sharp depth pieces on the Leveson inquiry, I assumed this person was some retired six-letter agency type with their SAS badge on the mantelpiece, in the formaldehyde jar, stuck through Jimmy Savile’s…Read More So you think you’re a blogger
Good NYT piece is good – working through the effort to arm Syrian rebels, with Saudi and Qatari money, Croatian surplus warstocks, and Jordanian airlift. Inevitably, the kit is moving aboard Il-76s. This time out, though, the aircraft are Jordanian (and occasionally other) military aircraft that sometimes operate as “Jordan International Air Cargo”, a nationalised…Read More Don’t read this, read them!
Via Trombly x Exum, an interesting paper on mobile telephony and the Iraq war is here. I was impressed by the fact the authors know there are multiple antenna sectors per cell-site, and that they bothered to find out roughly what an emerging market GSM operator’s roll-out process is like. In fact, if you wonder,…Read More GSM Warlord, with actual statistics