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Two Superb, Free Online University Courses

Free online university courses have really hit their stride this quarter. Courses from Michigan, MIT, Stanford, University of California at Berkley are available now. Free course material has been available from a variety of sources. Near and dear to this blog  and web developer are the w3schools set of tutorials on all key coding in web development …

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Steve Jobs as Manager

Steve Jobs as manager is being featured in an article by Jobs biographer, Walter Isaacson, in the the Harvard Business Review. Clearly, the piece by Isaacson is an apologia. Even the NYTimes has picked up the story because there are a wide range of attitudes towards Jobs management style. As a onetime Mac User I …

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China’s Massive Internet Security Turmoil:Updated

Update:Penn-Olsen, a Chinese Tech watching website is reporting that Chinese Hackers say release of massive amounts of data was just a joke. The data released on the internet last week was already widely available in hacking circles, according to Wan Tao, the founder of a popular hacking online community. Wan told the Dongfang Daily that …

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Operating Systems as Natural Monopolies: Think Apple iOS

A computer operating system is very close to a natural monopoly. Controlling the dysfunctional effects of such monpolies has proven very difficult. A simple monopoly occurs when one supplier provides 60% or more of the product in a marketplace. Monopolies do not have to be dysfunctional. However, in profit maximizing markets there is a strong …

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Top US Business Doing Their Fair Share of Damage to the Economy

Call them like the GOP sees them – the Job Creators, the Fortune 300 largest businesses in the US. As the NYTimes describes here, the top US Businesses are not paying their fair share of government taxes and support. And given that Corporations are People and certainly do benefit mightily from government programs they are remiss …

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As Murdoch’s News Empire Crumbles: Rule of Law Implications

News Corp International is the name of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire that stretches from his native Australia [owning many of the largest Australian newspapers] thru Europe with many interests based in England [including Harpers Collin Book Publishing, Sky Italia and other Sky TV networks, several newpapers including the Sunday Times and the just now defunct …

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Supply Chain Black Swans

If anything should have been learned from the Financial Meltdown of 2007-2009,it is a childhood lesson that your Mom repeated count less times –  playing with fire and other things techie you don’t completely understand…. oops make that derivatives and other complex seccurities while under the influence of extremely high leverage can be  very detrimental …

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