Update on “Will faking a consumer cartel help make power markets more efficient?”

Michael Giberson Last September I asked, “Will faking a consumer cartel help make power markets more efficient?“, “Does FERC really want to go down this path?” and “Do they really think that faking a consumer cartel will help make wholesale power markets work more efficiently?” The answer to the first question is “no, it won’t make markets … More Update on “Will faking a consumer cartel help make power markets more efficient?”

Netflix recommendations: Deep or random?

Michael Giberson I know that Netflix’s recommendation engine has some serious computation behind it, and it often offers up interesting and useful suggestions. But occasionally it puzzles me, and I wonder if it is incredibly deep in its analysis or simply somewhat random. Case in point: Suggested: American Experience: Into the Deep Because you enjoyed: It Might … More Netflix recommendations: Deep or random?

Reason on energy: nuclear power and light bulbs

Lynne Kiesling Two good articles on misguided government intervention and energy policy at Reason recommend themselves. Ron Bailey’s written a really excellent, clear, analysis of improved, safer reactor technology, and argues that the best response to the Fukushima accident is not a ban, but rather is innovation: One hopeful possibility is that the Japanese crisis … More Reason on energy: nuclear power and light bulbs