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The NYTimes Pontificates on Global Warming

Sunday’s readers were treated to a NYTimes Editorial Board Grand Pontification. The news that atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, the most important global warming gas, have hit 400 parts per million for the first time in millions of years increases the pressure on President Obama to deliver on his pledges to limit this country’s greenhouse …

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An Essay for the Coursera Class: Behavioral Economics

In the Coursera class Behavioral Economics taught by  Duke Professor Dan Ariely, all the students had to write a mid-term  essay in which they described the ideas of Behavioral Economics  and how the methods of the discipline  could be used to solve an economic problem. Despite the fact, that most of the methods in the …

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Coursera and Group vs Individual Decisionmaking

I have been taking Coursera’s  Irrational Behaviour taught by Duke Professor Dan Ariely. The course concentrates on individual decision making and how decision methods depart from traditional rational  and economic utility models. There are compelling experimental and neuroscience proofs that a)individuals use different model or methods of decision making depending on circumstances[ the Kahneman and Tversky fast …

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Banks as Flak Catchers for Major Corporations

Tom Wolfe’s book Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers is about  PR and Spokespersons  who seemingly can turn any criticism to the advantage of their client. But “flak catcher” had a second nuanced meaning – those who bore the brunt of public scorn diverting attention away from client and upon themselves. As well, attention …

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Where is the David Einhorn for America

David Einhorn, the tiny $7Billion Hedge Fund manager, has tweaked the nose of computing’s Goliath, Apple. Since a week Thursday, David  has shocked the US business world with his direct, loud, and “uncivil’ attack on Apple’s huge cash hoard of nearly $130Billion. And Apple’s cash hoard islikely getting bigger on a  growth rate of 10%per quarter for the …

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Grading the Economist’s Superfast Broadband Webinar

The Economists’s Intelligence Unit sponsored today a free webinar on Superfast Broadband with telecom equipment provider Huawei. The instant grade for the webinar is Mushy and not because of the delivery. On 3Mbs Rogers Cable in Canada, the reception was on the whole quite good – maybe 4-6 dropouts, but to my surprise no loss …

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How + Why Samsung Leads Innovation in Electronic Devices

Samsung leads the Smartphone Market in the US taking over from Apple. But Samsung has leading or near leading positions in the appliances, TV, compact camera, and other electronic device markets. They, not GE nor Phillips nor Sony are currently  the first innovators in bring the Moores Law powered electronic chip revolution to  consumer products. …

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Daily Facts: Trust in US Financial Institutions

Each quarter the Kellogg School of Northwestern University and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business do a survey of  more than 1,000 American households examining the trust in US Financial institutions. The latest results for June 2012 are labelled Too Big To Trust. The Stock Market has the lowest confidence level at 15% …

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Fundamental Problem in US Health Care:The Course

There is a superb free  course available from Coursera and the  University of Pennsylvania on  Health Policy and the Affordable Care Act. Dr Ezekiel Emanuel who is an Onclogist is a great speaker in this free Coursera program and he starts off by providing a clear chart of  the fundamental problem facing healthcare in the United …

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Free Online College Courses: Deep Impact

The free online courses available from Coursera [Stanford, Princeton, University of California at Berkley, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvannia] have broken the ice on online college courses. Now MIT has had a program for the past 5 years called OpenCourseWare which made course materials from more than 2,000 classes available free online. Typical MIT …

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Apple, Google, Microsoft Now Dominate Computing

The Big 3 in Consumer Computing for the next 3-8 years have declared themselves.  With Microsoft and Google now committing to hardware as well as  software they have joined Apple as  all-in in Consumer Computing. In effect the Apple Model, compete in any and all hardware and software segments while holding the critical  OS keys …

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Creative Cloud – Adobe Solving its Apple and Pricing Problems

Adobe has not yet completely solved the problem of Steve Jobs and Apple. Steve   unjustifiably killed  Adobe’s Flash brand with his  libelous accusations   on the performance of Flash.  See here  for the all the details on how nefarious and self-serving Steve’s rants about Flash were but  how NO-Flash presents problems for Apple. However,  NO …

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