Favorites May 25th 2023
Cameras are extremely effective, and they're fair. Making them illegal in California was stupid, but it's never too late to correct a mistake. All the other options are worse.
This is an excerpt from Potter's excellent "Birth of the Grid" article. One thing I learned was that the DC vs AC war ended when a way to easily convert from one to the other was invented.
The headline of the associated FT article is that solar investment now exceeds oil investment globally. Here's the graph from the IEA report.
If you're worried it would no longer function as flood prevention, Gray points out that there exist many parks that also function as flood prevention.
Asking landowners whether they like their land being taxed is silly. As much as LVT is better than a standard property tax, both are better than income taxes. Arguments that people have a deep personal connection to their land are also bogus.
If we do get a debt limit increase, maybe it can come with some good stuff attached! Other reporting indicates that permitting reform is likely to not fully make it in, unfortunately less funding for the IRS is also under discussion. The real question is whether a deal will happen at all, and the question there is basically one of "the competence and reasonableness of Speaker McCarthy"
Good that Nadella chose to pay Altman for access to GPT4 rather than incapacitating him and tearing it GPT4 out of his chest as Stane does a few scenes later.
• Thread with extremely robust causal evidence that shingles causes dementia. Good news, we have a vaccine for shingles.