Do you find this 20 July Wall Street Journal headline as amusing as I do: "Gates Won't Fund AIDS Researchers Unless They Pool Data."
To be sure, hats way off to Bill & Melinda Gates for their extraordinary efforts to make the world a better place. But you also have to chuckle when you read that (1) sharing and (2) openness and (3) transparency are the unyielding conditions for funds dispersal—based on money derived from Microsoft's-Gates' (1) determination not to share, (2) secretiveness that would make the NSA jealous and (3) opacity taken to new lengths.
Before blogging became all the rage, Tom was posting book reviews and Observations (essentially early blog posts) to this site. You can find the archives below.
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