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Google Fiber – Taking Advantage of Fiber Optic Networks

Six years ago, Google purchased 111 Eighth Avenue in New York City for nearly $2 billion. This enormous building is home to one of the largest colocation centers. Such telecom carrier hotels serve as data center cores for other companies and firms by storing their equipment and connecting them to services to improve telecommunication services […]

A Price-Fixing Attempt

Link: Article text: A Price-Fixing Attempt A Wall Street Journal Story titled “Branson Starts Aerial War by Embarrassing Crandall” reports that “The battle over American Airlines proposed alliance with British Airways took an ugly turn yesterday, when the phone call that may forever haunt Robert Crandall, American’s chairman and chief executive, surfaced publicly once […]

Game Theory in the Civil War

September 13, 2012 marked the 150th anniversary of one of the bloodiest battles in American history: the Civil War Battle of Antietam. The Baltimore Sun in its article from September 13th summarizes the events of that fateful day and remembers some fatal mistakes made by the Confederate army by dividing the struggle into three parts. In […]

The Hunger ‘Game’ Theory

The recent gore-meets-romance-meets-teenage-thriller-blockbuster ‘The Hunger Games’ has prompted millions of fans to ask the unsettling question: “What would I do?”  In a future dystopian world, the government maintains order by forcing 24 teens from various ‘districts’ to fight to the death in an artificial arena to earn glory and riches.  Survival against the elements and […]

‘But Everybody’s Doing It!’

When you were a you kid you probably said to your parents at one time or another ‘But everybody’s doing it.’  You probably never realized how often you did something because of the people surrounding you.  Everyone reacts and makes decisions to some extent because of what other people think and do. Evan Sellinger discusses […]

The Golden Rule as a Prisoner’s Dillema

An old post, but interesting nonetheless. This article describes the Prisoner’s Dilemma, as well as a couple of other classic game theory problems, in layman’s terms. Then, it explains how a very simplistic computer program, when pitted against other programs intended to handle an iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma, performed the best by far. The simplistic program […]

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September 2012