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I'm not a molecular geneticist. If you spot the inevitable mistakes, please mail me (bert hubert) at I'm not trying to force my view unto the DNA - each observation here is quite 'uncramped'. Quick links: The source code, Position Independent Code, Conditional compilation, Epigenetics, Dead code, bloat, comments ('junk dna'), fork() and fork bombs ('tumors'), Mirroring, failover, Cluttered APIs, dependency hell, Viruses, worms, Central Dogma, Binary patching aka 'Gene therapy', Bug Regression, Reed-Solomon codes: 'Forward Error Correction', Holy Code, Framing errors: start and stop bits, Massive multiprocessing: each cell is a universe, Self hosting & bootstrapping, The Makefile, Further reading. Updates 24th of February 2013: Added a bit on epigenetics, updated the font, small updates here and there. The source code Is here. Quanta Magazine - Illuminating Science.

Decline of the Empire. I love this kind of stuff.

Decline of the Empire

I've got time on my hands, so I was perusing the latest wealth/income inequality data. There's been a flurry of activity on this front, especially after the publication of Thomas Piketty's Capital In The Twenty-first Century. Long story short, denizens of Flatland, especially economists, love to measure shit. Based on recent work by Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, both of UC-Berkeley, those happy House of Debt guys Atif Mian and Amir Sufi (University of Chicago) wrote a post called Measuring Wealth Inequality. Before I ridicule them, let's be clear what we're talking about. We've always been fucked! Although this graph indicates in no uncertain terms that the vast majority of Americans have always been fucked, it turns out that since 1980, Americans are even more fucked than they were before The Gipper got elected president. We're even more fucked, especially since about 1980 (from Saez and Zucman) Check out the lucky few Wow! Wow! And here's the problem.

Prospect. In the State of the Union address, Obama revealed that he will be implementing a myRA plan, which is basically an Individual Retirement Account administered by the government.


Savers will put the money in after-tax (like a Roth IRA), the accounts will be small (capped at $15,000), and the returns will be modest but guaranteed. David Callahan had some preliminary coverage of the myRA idea and retirement security in general yesterday. The Economic Policy Institute also wrote on the plan, largely panning it as being inadequate. Indeed, it is hard to see how such a small account is meant to accomplish much or what this is supposed to do for low-income people who simply do not have any real money to put aside.

But before people start rattling off alternative account proposals that are much better, it behooves us to collectively recall just how much money the federal government is already devoting to subsidizing private retirement accounts. Advertisement Who captures these subsidies? Comments. Fast Company. MIT Technology Review.