Daily Archives: May 16, 2014

An Internet Transit Map

By George Mattathil – To help clarify the issues, I created an Internet Transit Map. The Internet Transit Map is a simplified logical diagram (“reference model”) of the Internet to provide clarity for discussions about regulating the Internet. more> http://t.co/VQXbKnCLm1

It Pays to Be Overconfident, Even When You Have No Idea What You’re Doing

By Matthew Hutson – It’s certainly easy to come up with examples of overconfidence getting us into trouble — the Iraq War, the financial meltdown, that guy who challenged a heavyweight boxing champion to a fight last week — but overconfidence may actually be beneficial.

Two factors that may buoy the status of the obviously overconfident against the weight of censure: greater confidence leads to greater peer-rated social skill and greater peer-rated task ability, regardless of actual ability.

The researchers suspect that confidence increases leadership-like behavior, such as talkativeness and active engagement, and also reduces anxiety, which allows for more fluid interaction, and that these behaviors may make one seem more socially skilled. more> http://tinyurl.com/kdxnb6p

Updates from Autodesk

Autodesk Maya LT 2015 to Launch on Steam

Autodesk – Autodesk announced that Maya LT 2015 is coming to Steam, Valve’s popular entertainment platform.

Maya LT brings its powerful animation and modeling feature set to Steam’s active community of over 65 million gamers, developers and artists to help them create 3D game assets to personalize their games and bring them into popular Steam titles like “Defense of the Ancients 2″ (DoTA 2) or to create assets for use in their own games.

“The Valve community is unique, because it includes a very engaged mix of both gamers and developers working together to mod titles and generate content. We hope Maya LT will further that creative spirit and help a Steam user of any skill level to create high quality 3D game assets,” said Frank Delise, director, games solution, Autodesk. more> http://tinyurl.com/kby775f


Ron Paul’s End the Fed Condenses a Lifetime of Wisdom and Experience


End the Fed, Author: Ron Paul.

By Nathan Lewis – “What the Fed and paper money have done for Congress is lead legislators to believe that there are no limits on what they can spend, on what they can propose, and what they can accomplish.”

Paul says the era of reckoning is upon us now, and indeed the Fed and other central banks are quite busy today either propping up sovereign bond markets that freely-acting investors had abandoned (Europe), or rather forthrightly engaging in printing-press finance (U.S. and especially Japan). more> http://tinyurl.com/mumzoyd


CONGRESS WATCH Declining Business Dynamism in the United States: A Look at States and Metros, Ian Hathaway and Robert E. Litan, Brookings Institution