November 2011

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Meltdown redux

David Cay Johnston: "Clear back in 1998, four months before the Long-Term Capital Management collapse, Brooksley Born, then chairwoman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, wrote a paper predicting that disaster would flow from the unregulated sale of derivatives. Congress responded by making sure derivatives were not regulated."

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Monday, 7 November 2011

Without Computer Security, Sources’ Secrets Aren’t Safe With Journalists

Christopher Soghoian: "... American journalists should assume that their communications are being monitored by their government — and possibly other governments as well."

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Sorry, Mark. Facebook needed Silicon Valley

Om Malik: "But Silicon Valley, at least for the next couple of years, has an advantage — and it is not VC money, which people mistakenly identify as Silicon Valley’s edge, or nearness to Stanford."

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Carbon dioxide emissions associated with UK consumption increase

Carbon dioxide emissions associated with UK consumption increase: "Trade data also indicates an increasing dominance of emissions embedded in UK imports from newly emerging economies such as China, India and Russia."

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Thursday, 3 November 2011

U.S. Government Glossed Over Cancer Concerns As It Rolled Out Airport X-Ray Scanners

ProPublica: "Because of a regulatory Catch-22, the airport X-ray scanners have escaped the oversight required for X-ray machines used in doctors’ offices and hospitals. The reason is that the scanners do not have a medical purpose, so the FDA cannot subject them to the rigorous evaluation it applies to medical devices."

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