Interesting links

I found these interesting: Kaprekar’s constant — not everything has to be useful to be appealing and fun. Apparently the Roman Empire was more equal than the USA, while in Britain income inequality rose faster between 1975 and 2008 than in any other OECD member country. How to get your keys back if you drop them down […]

Interesting links

Some things that have recently struck me in one way or another: Literary references to actuaries aren’t that common Some interesting graphical representations of relative sizes from xkcd: money (recent) and radiation (older). And from elsewhere: how big is a PhD? Old news is the latest thing US/UK culture gap: “Like most US universities, [UC […]

More laptop woes

Laptops can contain confidential information, and are inherently less secure than large machines: it is easier to take physical possession of them. Nationwide building society recently had one stolen that contained customer information; and 3 laptops containing police payroll information were stolen from LogicaCMG, the UK IT services firm. You have to wonder whether it […]