One nation, under guard

Lynne Kiesling This TechDirt article pulls together a lot of the various strands that are worrying about the growth of the U.S. police state — extralegal detention, the militarization of local police at the hands of the DHS, surveillance, increased imprisonment despite an all-time low crime rate, punitive immigration policy, the war on x where … More One nation, under guard

A secret to Chipotle’s good-food-fast innovations

Michael Giberson At Slate, Matthew Yglesias tells the story of a business that is booming: Chipotle’s Mexican Grill, “a company that shows there’s clearly room for growth and innovation in even the most basic sectors of the economy.” The chain has been expanding rapidly, Chipotle’s stock has risen 500 percent over 5 years, and yet: … More A secret to Chipotle’s good-food-fast innovations

Dynamic pricing and technology in different markets

Lynne Kiesling Dynamic pricing has long been a topic of great interest here, in large part because digital technology is increasingly making it feasible to implement dynamic pricing in retail electricity markets in ways that can be acceptable to consumers. But dynamic pricing is fraught with challenges, and not just in retail electricity markets. Dynamic … More Dynamic pricing and technology in different markets

Online privacy is like portfolio diversification

Lynne Kiesling You know the down-home advice on investing — don’t put all of your eggs in one basket? That advice also holds for maintaining your online privacy in the face of Google’s impending “service integration” to use all of the information you provide in all of their services. This Wired article on how to … More Online privacy is like portfolio diversification

Art Berman spots distress in the natural gas industry

Michael Giberson Apparently I’m just a hot-headed, temperamental guy unwilling to sit still and listen to a patient explanation of a contrary point of view. I’ve only read the first paragraph of Art Berman’s new post at the The Oil Drum and already I’m arguing with my computer screen and searching around for data to illustrate my … More Art Berman spots distress in the natural gas industry