How to Bring Back Manufacturing Jobs

http://www.strategy-business.com/blog/How-to-Bring-Back-Manufacturing-Jobs In many ways this isn’t just about manufacturing, though the numbers are clear there. Elsewhere there is a shortage in “cybersecurity”, which, when you look at it, isn’t so much about ‘security, per se but basic IT systems and network management. It doesn’t take a CISSP or CISA to… Continue reading

What’s Wrong with the Internet?

http://www.strategy-business.com/article/00311 I hate and despise articles like this for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, I hate people making money out of fear-mongering, be it racist in nature (“the immigrants are crowding us out!”), religious in nature (“the heretics, schismatics, infidels, pagans, Christians, Jews, Islams or whatever are crowing… Continue reading

Self serving ..

This http://www.eweek.com/security/fbi-chief-criticizes-apple-google-smartphone-data-encryption.html and this http://www.eweek.com/security/bitcoin-poses-danger-to-british-economy-warns-bank-of-england.html both seem very self serving, protectionist and supporting 19th century models of life against change. The FBI never really recovered from the death of Edgar Hoover, though I’m sure they still have all his files 🙂 Of course when the FBI tried converting to modern… Continue reading

Walmart: An economic cancer on our cities

http://www.salon.com/chromeo/article/walmart_an_economic_cancer_on_our_cities/ Not a new idea. Back in the last century I took a vacation to lake Placid and they had successfully passed a city ordinance banning Wal-mart and a few other ‘big box’ stores. Much has bee written on how the likes of Chapters/Indigo has destroyed the small bookstore. Reality… Continue reading

Sometimes storing electricity makes no (energetic) sense

http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/09/sometimes-storing-electricity-makes-no-energetic-sense/ It depends on how one is storing the energy. In Wales there are “hollow Hills” as a result of coal mining.  Water is pimped there  at night while the country sleeps and then drained to power turbo-electric generators during the day when demand is high.   This balances the demand… Continue reading

On the real cost of wind farms

Please read “ELECTRICITY UTILITY PHILOSOPHY” and ask yourself questions like: Have the “greens” high-jacked the agenda? Have our politicians succumbed to popular opinion rather than hard economic facts? Related articles UK ‘too negative’ towards wind farms Wind turbines: A blight on Britain’s countryside or the future of energy? Ikea just… Continue reading