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Why Big Money Can’t Buy an Election After All

Monday, October 1, 2012
Category: Politics


Campaign funds under a candidate’s direct control are more valuable than under party control and far more valuable than that being spent on his behalf. That is because independent groups have their own agendas, don’t necessarily know where or how best to utilize their resources due to the prohibition on coordination, and many may simply be incompetent.

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Cutting the British Empire Down to Size History Today

Monday, October 1, 2012
Category: History


All those red-bedaubed world maps that became fashionable in Britain around 1900, for example, give an impression of uniform British power, which is certainly false. A truer picture would have been conveyed by colouring most parts a much lighter pink and some with only the faintest blush (to be fair, cartographers often did this with Egypt and the Indian princely states).

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Deconstructing Recommender Systems - IEEE Spectrum

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Monday, October 1, 2012
Category: Technology


Online shoppers are accustomed to getting these personalized suggestions. Netflix suggests videos to watch. TiVo records programs on its own, just in case we’re interested. And Pandora builds personalized music streams by predicting what we’ll want to listen to.

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One Europe, Many Tribes - Businessweek

Monday, October 1, 2012
Category: Europe


Italy, unified in 1870, is newer than Nevada. Spain was split down the middle by a civil war as recently as the 1930s. And reunited Germany, dating back only to 1990, is younger than two of the Jonas Brothers.

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