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Fukushima Forever

(558) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 2:49 PM

Recent disclosures of tons of radioactive water from the damaged Fukushima reactors spilling into the ocean are just the latest evidence of the continuing incompetence of the Japanese utility, TEPCO. The announcement that the Japanese government will step in is also not reassuring since it was the Japanese...

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Internet Fraud as a Market Failure

(2) Comments | Posted December 18, 2008 | 8:36 AM

John Markoff's story about internet fraud (NYT, 12/5/08: "Thieves winning online war"), is important, but he does not identify the basis of the fraud. There is a "market failure" because there is so little demand for secure software. Thus, Microsoft's Windows machines control over 90 percent of the operating systems,...

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Microsoft Attacks Estonia

(13) Comments | Posted May 26, 2007 | 1:37 PM

The possibilities of cyberwarfare are real. There have been successful attacks upon our military establishments from China, and recently many government and private websites in Estonia were disabled over a three week period. No one has identified Microsoft as the vehicle of these attacks, but they should. Its...

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The Likelihood of Nuclear Terror

(21) Comments | Posted May 17, 2007 | 11:14 AM

The threat of nuclear terrorism is having a May upsurge. A simulated attack upon Indianapolis was just conducted. The San Francisco Chronicle revealed an unpublicized, closed conference for government officials, organized by Harvard and Stanford, on how to prepare for such an attack. A high-level group in the...

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