Daily Archives: 04/26/2011

Mac vs PC People

Mr. Limbaugh of Palm Beach is a Mac user I believe.

Mac users are more politically liberal, more urban, younger and more educated than their PC-using counterparts.

That is according to a new survey by affinity aggregator Hunch. Among the more interesting findings:

• 58% of Mac people are “liberal,” as compared to 38% of PC people

• 67% of Mac people have completed a four-year college degree or higher, as compared to just 54% of PC people

• 52% of Mac people live in a city, while PC people are 18% more likely than Mac people to live in the suburbs and 21 percent live in rural areas

• Mac people throw a lot more parties than PC people

• Mac people are more confident about their verbal abilities but less confident about their math abilities than PC people

• Mac people are more likely to see random people as “similar,” whereas PC people are more likely to see them as “different”.

There is a great infographic on this, from Hunch and Column Five:


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Sources:
I’m A Mac, You’re Sarah Palin
Damon Poeter
PC Mag, April 22, 2011 http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2384001,00.asp


Mac vs PC People
Barry Ritholtz
Mon, 25 Apr 2011 18:30:44 GMT

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What Is My Best Response?

 

Paul Krugman escalates to Chrissie Hynde:

after I had escalated to Arcade Fire: Mountains Beyond Mountains in response to his Arcade Fire: Haiti which was a response to my Grace Potter and the Nocturnals: Paris.

And, meanwhile, in the center ring we have Duncan Black with Delco Nightingale: Yes My Darling Daughter:

What is my game-theoretic best response?

Hey! Go out and buy some of these people’s music, people! I want our modern music industry to flourish…

What Is My Best Response?
J. Bradford DeLong
Wed, 27 Apr 2011 08:02:02 GMT

Speaking Honestly

We usually see this as a good thing in theory, but not always in practice.

When James Clapper said "“over the longer term, that the regime will prevail” regarding Libya rebels versus the government of Gadhafi, he was mostly condemned for doing so.  I think that was a mistake and we may pay for it in the long term.

We have aligned our selves with a small scale rebellion, that may be preferred to the current Libyan government, but one threshold question had to be:  Can these rebels win, without massive outside support?  It is looking more and more like the answer is and was no.

In discouraging, plain talk about reality in Libya we’ve enabled the promotion of this ill advised military action.  So it seems to me.