I stumbled across this interesting one-pager today. How Many Blonds Mess Up a Nash Equilibrium? It's related to the John Nash character in the film, "A Beautiful Mind". I find it interesting to think about how a Nash Equilibrium applies to the context of open-source vs. commercial software. IBM and others seem to have adopted the strategy that contributing to open-source, and possibly helping their competitors, is in the their own best self-interest. Also, the USA is seems to be reaching some sort of flexible Nash Equilibrium with regard to competitive vs. cooperative strategies, i.e. capitalism vs. socialism. While most Americans are strongly pro-capitalism, they are also very accepting and even insistent on having access to socialist programs like Social Security and Medicare. I wonder if some day, most of my fellow Americans will realize that it is in their own best selfish interest to make sure that medical care is available to all.
kktec<br />SCJP, SCWCD, SCJD<br />"What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning." - Werner Heisenberg
Ken Krebs: I wonder if some day, most of my fellow Americans will realize that it is in their own best selfish interest to make sure that medical care is available to all.
Probably not until we regain control of our borders. We already offer too many incentives for poor foreigners to sneak in and take a piece of us. [ January 30, 2004: Message edited by: Frank Silbermann ]
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Excellent point, Frank. Of course, security is another good reason to tighten US borders. Unfortunately, Bush's immigration plan doesn't seem to address this problem (anybody, please correct me if I am wrong). His plan seems to be designed to provide employers with a steady supply of cheap labor legally and doesn't really address the other illegal immigration issues.