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Future Crimes: A journey to the dark side of technology - and how to survive it
Future Crimes: A journey to the dark side of technology - and how to survive it
by Marc Goodman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Take the red pill.., 20 May 2015
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Excellent quick read, and you will never use Facebook or Google the same way. Just as Paul Saffo describes intellectually, the users of FB and Google are the product, and the customers are the advertisers. Goodman takes Saffo's optimistic view of the "Creator Economy", and describes in mind-numbing detail the other end of the equation, namely the "Destructor Economy". He describes how crooks, theives and generally unscrupulous people use technology to steal from people. Right in the preface he quotes the Matrix that you will never seen the tech world in the same way if you take the red pill by reading the book. Marc Goodman does not disappont on leading you down the rabbit hole.


Bitcoin: The Future Of Money?
Bitcoin: The Future Of Money?

5.0 out of 5 stars Overview, 26 April 2015
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A reporter, not evangelical. Easy to read. Dominic has outsider view but understands the revolutionary nature of bitcoin and therefore maybe most compelling version of it


The Great Rebalancing: Trade, Conflict, and the Perilous Road Ahead for the World Economy
The Great Rebalancing: Trade, Conflict, and the Perilous Road Ahead for the World Economy
by Michael Pettis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.56

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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear articulation for the muddled minds on macro-economics, 4 Oct. 2013
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Get out the bad stuff first. It is pedantic, and goes over the same examples numerous times which maybe painful for the unmuddled mind. But keeping the signs straight as lowering trading deficit is equal to raising the trade surplus; this requires repetition for the layman who is the intended audience.

The good stuff. He clearly exposes how currency manipulation, trade tariffs, labor laws, consumptive taxes and Central bank rates all distort the saving/investment rate in each various countries. This is best part of the book, and provides and abstract framework for understanding these distortions. Forget the moralizing of frugal and spendthrift cultures, he makes a very compelling case the government policy is the primary driver of macro trade imbalances.

Contrary to some other criticism of Pettis, he does not claim the trade imbalances cause financial crises, in fact he constantly says how imbalances can persist for long periods of time. However after a financial crisis, the trade imbalance can determine the pain and suffering recovering from the crisis, because the trade imbalance will revert back toward the mean. He has very interesting predictions for German and Japan as surplus nations.

I recommend highly to any independent thinker who wants to grasp the big mscro picture, and avoid the nonsense of most conventional economists.


Black Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Sports Headphone Headset for iPhone 5 4 4S
Black Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Sports Headphone Headset for iPhone 5 4 4S
Offered by Universal Color
Price: £8.79

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works!, 8 Aug. 2013
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lightweight. sound quality is average. but given that even the best BT headphones have problems., get the multiple pairs of cheap ones.


TTsims L5 - 3.5 inch Android 4.0 - Ice Cream Sandwich - Smart Phone with Capacitive screen - MTK6515 1GHz - Dual Sim Wifi Star Camera 2 sim slots Google Play Store - Unlocked - Black
TTsims L5 - 3.5 inch Android 4.0 - Ice Cream Sandwich - Smart Phone with Capacitive screen - MTK6515 1GHz - Dual Sim Wifi Star Camera 2 sim slots Google Play Store - Unlocked - Black

5.0 out of 5 stars works, 8 Aug. 2013
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good value. i got as an extra android phone for my child. perfect. You must get a SD card to put anything on it.


Salter 484 Mechanical Bathroom Scale with Magnifying Lens
Salter 484 Mechanical Bathroom Scale with Magnifying Lens
Price: £6.40

4.0 out of 5 stars cheap, 8 Aug. 2013
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measures correctly, but smaller than I expected. My feet are larger than the size of the scale, and I have size 10 feet.


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