Random Question #4

The long-term impact of free trade is huge. Recast after calculating the net present value of the stream of future benefits, a realistic Doha outcome could increase global income by more than $3,000 billion per year, $2,500 billion of which would go to today’s developing countries.

What’s the discount rate? I’m guessing not the spectacularly useful 0% that environmentalists use, right?

Random Question #3

When you double-click on a word, it gets marked and you can copy it. If you keep clicking, you’ll get the whole line or the whole paragraph. When will there be software that gives you the possibility to double-click and it’ll mark an entire name, i.e. “first name + surname” but not the whole line?

Random Question #2

I’ll turn this into a series, I think. Kinda like that “Various Links” series that died after three posts (only it didn’t die but it’ll come back when I’m short on time). Anyway, here’s no. 2:

Why does my MSN Messenger need 1.6 GB of RAM?

Random Question #1

Is there any kind of animal that doesn’t sleep? That doesn’t need sleep? If not, why not? Wouldn’t this immediately be one of the most valuable traits to develop? Do bacteria sleep? Viruses? Were there any earlier specieses that didn’t need any sleep? If there were, why did we lose that trait?

Obviously, there is some kind of value in sleep and it seems to be necessary for evolving beyond a certain point. Then again that opens up the question of why different individuals need different amounts of sleep and I’m not just talking about children and adults but comparable adults?