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Brenda Says Hello

Introduction Thank you for taking the trouble to look me up. You will know right away if I am who you think I am: certainly not the same person you knew maybe 30 years ago.  If my ideas are of any use to you I hope you will spread them to others. This profile was …

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The Real Obama Flaw: Wall Street Now Too Big To Jail

WhatNowCartoons The GOP has been attacking President Obama for all the Wrong Reasons: Benghazi Libyan embassy fight when the GOP had previously cut the State Departments defense funding. Or No New Taxes when there is general consensus that  tax revenues have dried up and tax reform is way overdue. Or the constant return to Obama’s birth …

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Another View: Moores Law Slowing

Three weeks ago this blog presented Moores Law is Alive and Well.  But reader reaction was mixed because the post emphasized growth in  computing power rather than number of transistors per chip. But really Moores Law has two meanings in electronics. The strict original circuit design  definition was that the number of transistors on a 2D integrated circuit chip would double …

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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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Lost: The Ability To Decide Well

Paul Krugman’s post about The Ignorance Caucus is most relevant. Krugman’s essential argument is that the Republican party routinely spurns compelling evidence and now actively opposes gathering evidence when it might call into question its own policies and/or lobbyist supporters. This Deliberate Denial Disorder underlines the great fear that 1/2 of the US political dialogue …

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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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Best Charts of 2012 : The Power of Good Graphics

Is this the best Chart used in US Media for 2012? What is growing in popularity on news sites like cnn.com, The Christian Science Monitor,  theDailyBeast,  HuffingtonPost, NYTimes,  The New Republic, and Time Magazine is the frequent use of charts [or infographics] to clearly  describe a  situation or better illustrate some analysis. If a picture is worth …

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Confabulation

Strangely, the DailyBeast gave ink to Michael Medved and his spouting of the GOP propaganda meme that all politicians are liars but President Obama is the worst one. This is a vital Big Lie for the Republicans. Hence concentrating on scandals like the Benghazi scandal and the Obama apology tour – are all birds of …

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Debate Question for Romney: Really, Why Are Tax Cuts Necessary?

Given that US Banks have more money that they know what to do with [Wall Street Journal];    US Business Businesses are sitting on $5trillion hoard  in cash[TheAtlantic] yet corporate taxes are not just declining but at their lowest levels in 60 years[Takethe5th]; and the very wealthy top 20% of Americans  now command a growing wealth and …

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Daily Facts: How the US Has Voted for Past 100 Years

Source: Salon.com What is fascinating to watch is how the Deep South changes and the Left Coast. South Dakota appears to be true Republican redfor the longest span while Also watch Indiana and Ohio change allegiances like a chameleon with indigestion.

GOP’s Disdain for Workers

There is a great contrast today in the NYTimes Opinion Section. n one hand David Brooks speaks of the need for the audacious, Ayn Randian Job Creators championed by the Republican Party. In contrast, Paul Krugman argues that Republican policies are designed for the almost exclusive benefit of the wealthy with lower taxes on corporate …

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Coursera University Courses II

Update: Breaking on July 17. 2012 the NYTimes finally recognizes the profound impact Coursera and other free online university offerings are having on undergraduate education. Read it here or follow Takethe5th.com and get the story 3 months earlier and with live experience nuances. This blog has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Coursera University Courses …

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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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3 OS Vendors Are All-in On Consumer Computing Sweepstakes

With the announcement of Microsoft’s Surface, now all the major OS vendors have moved all-in in betting to take the Consumer Computing Crown. Microsoft Surface is more than a tablet – Surface Pro is a laptop PC No more side bets through proxy hardware or software vendors, Apple, Google and Microsoft are now building everything  required for …

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