Archive for April, 2010

Brazil vs. Hungary

April 15, 2010

Brazil and Hungary have similar per capita incomes but very different levels of inequality; Brazil being one of the most unequal countries in the world while Hungary is one of the most equal.

1. Would you rather live in Hungary or Brazil?
2. Would you rather be an 18-21 year old Hungarian or a similar aged Brazilian?

For these question you should ignore geographic and language effects.

1. If you asked me to move to one or the other right now I’d chose Hungary due to cultural and geographical issues. However that’s not allowed and on purely economic issues I’d pick Brazil. My perception is that in an unequal society my current net worth would lead to a higher lifestyle. This might be a rather short sighted choice as my worth might be enough to make me a target but not enough to keep me safe but if pressed I think its the way I’d go.

2. Hungary without any hesitation. I think this one is a personality issue; I generally lean towards a lower risk/lower reward path in financial matter. I’d rather be reincarnated as a random average Hungarian instead of risking the very like result of being a really poor Brazilian.

This is what a Kindle’s hardware should be

April 14, 2010

A color e-book reader using a different type of display. Its a ways off but it looks really slick.

Manual Deskterity

April 14, 2010

I doubt that this is ever going to catch on but Microsoft has come up with another silly twist on pen based computing. I guess I’m not the main audience but the ergonomics of one hand with a pen and one hand reaching in to touch things on the screen is really wrong.