Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Anti-Capitalist Mentality

Mises, I think, wrote a book with the title “The Anti-Capitalist Mentality.” Yeah, here it is: including a downloadable PDF. You’d think they’d at least charge a quarter for it. To save you the trouble of reading it, Mises’ answer … Continue reading

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Some Notes on Seasonal Markets

The latest Case-Shiller home price index numbers are out and the commentary around them reminds me of sailing this weekend when one of my crew pointed out that the windmills on Wolfe Island were spinning at 7 or 8 seconds … Continue reading

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Reality is Non-Analytic

An analytic function is one where if you know everything about it at a point, you know everything about it everywhere, where “everything about it” means its value and the the value of all its derivatives. Putting aside the not-very-interesting … Continue reading

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Moving Quietly Onward

To each there falls a different way of life: some bold, some foolish, some content to stay within the bounds of these the fields we know where sturdy roots may set deep in the Earth while others more like me … Continue reading

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Quantum One-Time Pad

The encryption scheme I wrote about yesterday is probably best described as a “quantum one-time pad”, although unfortunately that’s a term already taken by Bennett’s quantum key exchange protocol. But given that Alice randomly chooses the linear basis for each … Continue reading

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Semi-classical Encryption

There’s been a bit in the news lately about Kish’s classical encryption scheme, which is really quite clever. The idea is that in any circuit with resistance there is thermal noise–called Johnson noise–that depends on the total resistance of the … Continue reading

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