Friday, August 01, 2003
My Life in Email
When I move back to Chicago, I will go back to my old email address
. I got to
thinking about how my career can be described by my email addresses.
As an undergrad at Cornell, I spent several years working for computer
services writing an email system in assembly language for the IBM
370. The system was scrapped shortly after I left for grad school at
Berkeley. After a year at Berkeley, I followed by advisor, Michael
Sipser, to MIT.
I had email addresses at Cornell and Berkeley but I have long since
forgotten them. At MIT I wanted the userid "lance", but the
name was taken by Lance Glasser, then an MIT professor. So my email
When I graduated and went to Chicago, I decided to stick with the
userid "fortnow" for an email of
. This bucked
the trend at the time of having first names for email at Chicago so I
had to have
aliased to .
When the university started system wide email I got
When I did a sabbatical in Amsterdam my email became
. When I moved to the
NEC Research Institute my email because
and when the NEC Research Institute became NEC Laboratories America I
got my current email
In addition to this, the ACM has created permanent email addresses,
permanent as long as you are an ACM member and I did create an address
though I never did
give it out (until now). My brother and I now own the domain
fortnow.com and I have what I do call my permanent address,
. I also am the
default receiver for fortnow.com mail, which means that addresses like
will all go to me.
All of the email addresses in this post still work and forward to
me. But I will stick to using two main email addresses,
related email and
for non-work emails.
even more to my heavy spam load. We'll see if it works or whether I
start getting spam sent to
Wednesday, July 30, 2003
Information Markets for Fighting Terrorism
A few months ago I had a post describing information markets, a system
of buying and selling securities that pay off if a given future event
happens. Based on the price of a security, one can get an estimate of
the probability that that event will occur. Studies have shown that
information markets are better predictors than polls or experts.
Information markets have taken a blow in the past few days. The US
Department of Defense has cancelled a program that would have set up
limited futures markets on securities based on terroristic
activities. They bowed to pressure from senators who consider it
morally wrong to bet on events on future terrorist attacks. I
understand their concerns but computer scientists and economists have
produced what could have been a powerful tool in controlling
terrorism and it is quite a shame to see it discarded so easily.
David Pennock sent me some links on a more positive point of view from
Wired and a fun
on the Tradesports Poindexter future.
Update (8/1): A well-written New York Times column
A Good Idea with Bad Press and a nicely argued
opinion piece by David Pennock.
Monday, July 28, 2003
I know this is not a sports weblog and I don't even like bicycling but
anytime an American named Lance wins a major championship I can't let
it go unnoticed.