General Musing

blaze your trail

Posts Tagged ‘evil

Just Finished Reading: “The Lucifer Effect” #books

with one comment

I’ve been reading Philip Zimbardo’s book The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil, a book which contains a details description of the Stanford Prison Experiment, and an explanation of the dangers which exist in a system where there are roles which create an expectation of certain behaviours there is a likelihood that these behaviours will be expressed. It leads me to believe that there are Nash Equilibria here, looking at the SPE it is clear that it coordination game in which the Guard and the Prisoner should adopt the same or corresponding strategies to achieve the highest pay-off.

I was amused to not see a reference to Game Theory in Zimbardo’s book, as the Prisoners Dilemma is the most “fundamental problem in game theory that demonstrates why two people might not cooperate even if it is in both their best interests to do so.”[1] The Prisoners Dilemma is a game with cooperation being a strictly dominated strategy – dominated by abuse in the SPE game – this doesn’t entirely translate to the SPE. The Guard does better than the Prisoner in most strategies both, although cooperation strictly dominates all other strategies.

The influence of role on the game is clear from the experiment, and many other examples, this means that role-based actions will influence strategy, this could be called a role-based strategy. The role-based strategy does not necessarily correspond with an optimal strategy, the fable of the the scorpion and the frog is an instance of choosing a strictly dominated role-based strategy.

Good read, food for thought.

Advertisements

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

June 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm

A catalog of this year’s risky articles #2010

leave a comment »

Programming Hands

Risk is something which can be difficult to evaluate for the average person, there is a lot of work which goes in to learning not to do the two things that people usually do when they are confronted with risk:

  1. Ignore
  2. Overreact

It looks like every man and his dog needs to have a Facebook page, even banks…

It has been almost 1.5 weeks since Google’s FeedBurner removed the Frie…

Some days ago I tweeted to Prosper, a personal loan marketplace, whether they…

I don’t really think most people get “it” when it comes to …

Just noticed that Google Translate translates the name of the Dutch social ne…

I find a 400 plus page manual of office policies and job descriptions for eac…

In the last two days I’ve not been posting so much, and focussing on up…

I started playing with Google Scribe and wanted to see if patterns emerged so…

I have my Google account set up with English as the preferred language, my br…

For the last 2 years LinkedIn has been running a bad poor IT management depar…

When I just started I too had trouble with getting all the items I required t…

On August 11th 2007 I exceeded my GMail quota, I blogged about it here. At th…

Brian Szymanski send a reply to me concerning another bank implementing SMS b…

I don’t understand why url expansion after url shortening is such an is…

I just read an article Web Coupons Know Lots About You, and They Tell in the …

This morning/night China’s networks were sending rerouting messages to …

The lack of trained and experienced computer security people working in small…

Last week I saw an episode of a popular Dutch Ombudsman program Kassa, they r…

After seeing a program about a lifecoach trying to find the time to get his p…

Image source Radio Nederland Wereldomroep

GMail Quota and Statistics (follow-up) #google #gmail #dashboard

leave a comment »

On August 11th 2007 I exceeded my quota, I blogged about it here. At that time they, , told me that I had:

Over 2887.350465 megabytes (and counting) of free storage so you’ll never need to delete another message.

On that day I was surprises when people trying to mail me suddenly started getting:

Remote host said: 552 5.2.2 User over quota m24si4251221waf [RCPT_TO]

It naturally annoyed me that I was not warned that I was outgrowing my mailbox.

Today I’m absolutely and unequivocally over the quota once allocated to me:

You are currently using 5610MB (75%) of your 7459MB.

And it doubt that I shall reaching that limit any time soon, although I am still unwilling to subscribe to high volume the current count reads:

Over 7460.019087 megabytes (and counting) of free storage.[*]

I’m also glad to see that they removed the obvious lie:

[…] so you’ll never need to delete another message.

Now is proud to announce that I have 143000 conversations[*], with 31000 conversations[*] in my inbox with 5675 unread and 6061 total mails.

  1. frontpage (only visible when logged out)
  2. This is obviously an average, or so I assume.

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

May 30, 2010 at 4:50 am

Posted in mail, risk

Tagged with , , , , , , ,

%d bloggers like this: