FREAK-est Links

  1. The behavioral economics of online passwords.
  2. Economists estimate all the spam in the world costs society $20 billion for $200 million of revenue. (HT: Eric M. Jones)
  3. Food diplomacy in East Asia.
  4. Mike Mularkey‘s incentive plan to stop touchdown celebrations. (HT: Will Carr)

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  1. Mr Black says:

    Wouldn’t it be a better idea for the Jags coach to publicly state that he is donating $250 for every TD that doesn’t incur a 15 yard penalty? Knowing that they will cost the RMD charity $500 everytime they flag a celebration would have to deter the refs from assessing the penalty. Players get to celebrate, coach doesn’t have to watch the excessive celebration get called, charity gets the donation.

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  2. Jason says:

    Kudos to Freakonomics for not making me login with a password when I want to comment. Most websites require passwords for the tiniest little thing, and this leads to us having hundreds of passwords on sites that are then prone to hacker attacks. I think I would be more secure if I only had passwords for the key things – email, finances, etc.

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  3. James says:

    “One thing people are really good at for example is differentiating faces.”

    Who’s people, though? I’m not good at faces – I almost never recognize someone from a photo – and I imagine the blind would have even more difficulty.

    I’d also suggest devoting some thought to when passwords and other security are really necessary. I have a standard, simple password for all the forums I participate in, because what do I have to lose (or they to gain) if someone posts with my screen name? On the other hand, nobody’s likely to hack my wireless password, ’cause I turned the wireless part of my router off, and hard-wire everything.

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  4. kilroy says:

    But TD dances are fun!

    I’d like to see some individual/company with a fun-loving image pledge $1000 for everytime Mularkey withholds a donation.

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