FREAK-est Links

  1. Public profanity now costs $20 in Middleborough, Mass.
  2. San Francisco tries to disincentivize panhandling with puppies.
  3. Justin Wolfers and Betsey Stevenson chat with Gallup Business Journal.
  4. Is “big data” a new class of economic asset?
  5. L.A. subway system tries to stop fare cheaters.
  6. James Watson suggests that scientists should be taking more risks.
  7. University of Tokyo researchers develop “diet glasses” that make food look like chocolate.

Sam

The Honor System! And they thought that would work?

James

Seems to work in other places. Switzerland, for instance. I think the trick is in two parts. First, having a level of checking & fines that makes it less profitable to cheat, in the long run, and second, having a ridership who're mostly smart enough to figure this out.

Eugene McKenzie

Wow, The U of Tokyo researchers have made real 'Beer Goggles'.