Monthly Archives: August 2009

Offshore Tax Havens: A Good Time to Reconsider

The Times reports today that France has obtained a list of 3,000 account holders at Swiss banks.  This is only days after France and Switzerland reached an agreement to exchange information on French citizens who hold Swiss bank accounts.  Just … Continue reading

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Can you do better than Bernanke & Co.?

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco has posted a “Fed Chairman Game” on their website.  It lets you set monetary policy for 16 quarters. The game starts you off with the fed funds rate set at 4.50%, unemployment at … Continue reading

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Energy Aware Internet Routing

Technology Review reports today about a new energy aware internet routing process.  Some folks at MIT, Carnegie Mellon and Akamai looked into energy price fluctuations and data center loads across the country to see if there could be any cost savings to rerouting data … Continue reading

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Using Credit Checks for Employee Screening – Slippery Slope

The Times and NPR have written recently about employers using credit checks as an additional means to screen potential new hires.  I’ve heard about these on rare occasion but it seems that a trend may be developing whereby one’s personal … Continue reading

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