Monday, May 02, 2005

Night Links

Jonathan Zasloff and Juan Non-Volokh have an interesting back-and-forth over who disrupted the normal order of things in the Senate by denying judicial nominees their rightful floor vote. Both make good points though I think Zasloff's revised argument is somewhat more persuasive, even though one-to-one comparisons of both eras aren't possible given the different governmental structures.

Over at the New Republic, Reihan Salam blogs on what Democrats can learn from Tony Blair who will probably win by a fair margin despite a lot of public animosity toward him and how our politics might follow the British trend.

Paul Krugman's theory of welfare: "Once a program is defined as welfare, it becomes a target for budget cuts." This, in essense, is the main reason why he opposes Social Security means testing. Question: since this is essentially a variant on the tragedy of the commons theory (the idea that people care less for something they have little personal stake in), might not we apply it to the entire concept of Social Security? Doesn't this mean that people would take better care of their own Social Security account since it is uniquely theirs? There are better arguments against SS change.

TechNewsWorld columnist Rob Enderle echoes my thoughts about operating systems: Linux is best for the server while Apple or Windows are winners on desktops. He doesn't mention laptops where, I think a PC is better simply because I can't replace the Mac's internal one-button mouse without wasting time and money on an entirely new keyboard.

The battle over p2p is heating up. Susan Crawford recounts her experience moderating a panel on the subject.

Bits: Slashdot discusses the future of database technology. ABC News to deliver videos to PlayStation Portable.