- Considerations on Cost Disease | Hacker News – The question I'd ask in response to this post is "So where did the money actually go?"
I suspect inequality and wealth transfer explains much more of the observed trends than the author acknowledges at the end. In each of the verticals discussed, there have been strong (albeit sometimes less obvious) trends for consolidation among institutions and organizations. This includes companies, government contractors, and even vendors in ecosystems we tend to think of as decentralized like local schools, where significant consolidation might be occurring over time at the level of food suppliers like Aramark, utility companies, or diesel fuel suppliers for school buses.
These organizations' compensation and capital structures, in turn, likely grew increasingly unequal over time. Stockholders, stakeholders like executives, and intermediaries like insurance companies in those organizations likely extracted more and more capital relative to traditional stakeholders like the college students, physicians, and teachers addressed in the post.
Wealth transfer from traditional stakeholders (college students, physicians, teachers) to organizational stakeholders (execs, stockholders, suppliers in consolidating markets) seems like both a cause and a consequence of the 'cost disease' discussed in the post.
- wal-e/wal-e: Continuous Archiving for Postgres – WAL-E is a program designed to perform continuous archiving of PostgreSQL WAL files and base backups.
- Against Willpower | Hacker News –
- Secret Knowledge—or a Hoax? | by Eamon Duffy | The New York Review of Books –
- BBC – Future – There are 19 types of smile but only six are for happiness –
- Ask HN: What are some great “Free” services provided by IBM, Amazon, etc.? | Hacker News –
- Ask HN: Mailing lists that HN readers ought to know about? | Hacker News –
- The Overton Bubble –
- What’s wrong with 2006 programming? (2010) | Hacker News –
- Practical Deep Learning for Coders | Hacker News –
- PostgreSQL anti-patterns: read-modify-write cycles –
- ASP.NET Core Template Pack – TechNet Articles – United States (English) – TechNet Wiki –
- IR is better than assembly — Idea of the day –
- Thunder CMS –
- Still File – Skrekkøgle –
- Grav – A Modern Flat-File CMS | Grav –
- Snipcart – Shopping Cart Platform for Any Website –
- Why Recursive Data Structures? –
- künstler treu –
- Well-Tempered Clavier: analysis, scores, and digital sound –
- Ask HN: What was the best book you read in 2016? | Hacker News –
These are my links for December 28th through December 29th:
- Life is getting better for humanity | Hacker News –
- Techniques for Microsoft SQL database design and optimization | Hacker News –
- Land Lines | Hacker News –
- $1 Recognizer –
- The darkness at the heart of Malheur (Making sense of Malheur) — High Country News –
- Learning Clojure: An Introduction to the Lambda Calculus –
- The Curse of the Excluded Middle (2014) | Hacker News –