[FoRK] Re: Special Circumstances

Lawnun <lawnun at gmail.com> on Mon Apr 7 09:45:09 PDT 2008

I think you meant this link:


Still, the wrong number explanation (offered in the comments) did clarify a
nagging problem I'd been noticing, so thanks for the useful misdirect!


On Mon, Apr 7, 2008 at 12:16 PM, Dave Long <dave.long at bluewin.ch> wrote:

> The mistake of communism isn't in it's goal- who wouldn't want to live
> > in a world where they could have everything they want for nothing.
> > The problem is assuming that centrally managing resources and
> > decisions is a sensible way to get there.
> >
> In general, I agree that centralized resource allocation and decision
> making has a poor track record, but there are certainly domains where OR
> works better than simple utilitaxis.  Apparently minimum-cost perfect
> matching in a bipartite graph isn't your ([great-]*grand-)father's barter:
> Okasaki, "What the heck is a math trade?"
> <http://okasaki.blogspot.com/2008_03_01_archive.html>
> > Note that the "most trades possible?" can be quite a lot. The largest
> > math trade to date involved 2320 items, of which 994 traded. These 994 items
> > were broken into 7 trade loops, including one monstrous loop of 920 items.
> > Just imagine standing in a circle with 919 of your closest friends and
> > everyone handing their game to the person on their right!
> >
> -Dave
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