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Pet duck’s escape turns into federal case in Marin San Francisco Chronicle
Theranos Trouble: A First Person Account Monday Note. Important.
Some tech investors sure seem to be getting defensive lately … Business Insider
Getting Over Uber Medium
The shabby economy Coppola Comment
Amazon sues more than 1,000 people over ‘fake reviews’ Telegraph. “The legal action says: ‘Amazon is bringing this action to protect its customers from this misconduct, by stopping defendants and uprooting the ecosystem in which they participate.'” The appropriation of “ecosystem” by tech continues….
Car Owners Have Crucial Role in Volkswagen Diesel Repair NYT. “For owners, the prospect of having a car’s emissions cleaned up, only to have the car perform worse — whatever the pollution — is not sitting well.” Which is, presumably, the reason VW installed the “defeat device” to begin with.
Will 787 program ever show an overall profit? Analysts grow more skeptical Seattle Times (allan). Note the source.
[Boeing investor-relations spokesman Chaz Bickers] said Boeing thinks it can reach the projected profits through lower production costs and higher jet prices in the years ahead.
The cost reductions will come from the expected improvement in manufacturing operations as more planes are built, both “within our factories and our supply chain,” Bickers said. Adam Pilarski, a leading industry analyst with aviation consultancy Avitas and former chief economist at Douglas Aircraft, said 787 manufacturing costs from here on may not come down as rapidly as Boeing needs.
He said that because Boeing has two 787 assembly sites on opposite coasts, in Everett and in North Charleston, S.C., the operational skills and productivity improvements that come from building the jets are split between the two.
“You are getting less learning than if you had it all on one assembly line,” he said.
Everett has a union. The new line Boeing set up in South Carolina, unsurprisingly, does not. So Boeing management is putting their whole business at risk to bust the union. A sporty game indeed! Note further that seeing how dodgy Boeing’s profit projections are took a deep dive into the footnotes of Boeing’s financial reports — just the sort of disclosures corporations would like to change the rules to eliminate.
Big Data Analytics: A Missed Opportunity for the DATA Act. “[T]he Department of the Treasury won’t be setting up an antifraud analytics platform.” Gee, that’s odd.
The New China Syndrome Harpers. “American business meets its new master.” Must read.
Johor has every right to secede from Malaysia, says crown prince Malaysian Insider. Johor adjacent to Singapore, with coastline on both the Strait of Malacca and the South China Sea.
Why Should the U.S. Accept Syrian Refugees? Because It Helped Displace Them. Foreign Policy in Focus (ReSilc)
Syria – The New South Aleppo Campaign Moon of Alabama
Obama won’t admit the real targets of Russian airstrikes Middle East Eye
Low oil prices affecting remittances from Middle East Philippine Star
Imperial Collapse Watch
US Central Command Has 1,500 Analysts. What Are They All Doing? Tom Engelhardt, Bill Moyers
US Army Plans for More Equipment Caches in Europe Defense News
Greece adopts more painful reforms Business Spectator
Why the Euro Divides Europe NLR (emptyfull).
No, He Can’t
Obama’s foreign policy could burden Biden if he runs in 2016 Reuters. “As a sitting vice president, Biden wouldn’t have the luxury of distancing himself from Obama’s policies, even if he were so inclined.”
“Larry David as Bernie Sanders is the greatest thing I have ever seen”: Twitter loses its mind over genius “SNL” debate parody Salon. Not my Twitter list, and I do try to watch the Beltway.
Bill McKibben Arrested at an Exxon Station in Vermont Down with Tyranny
The latest study about antioxidants is terrifying. Scientists think they may boost cancer cells to spread faster. WaPo. “Terrifying” in a headline? Since when did WaPo turn into BuzzFeed? Yves: “If this study had anything less than 200 mice (100 being experimented on and 100 controls) and was double blind, it’s garbage for that reason too.”
Technical change as collective action problem Stumbling and Mumbling
Fixing the core memory in a vintage IBM 1401 mainframe Ken Shirriff’s blog
The Staggering Impact of IT Systems Gone Wrong IEEE Spectrum. Great article, useful and fun timeline (but confusing UI feature: Click on a “scandal bubble” to see a story’s headline and data; hovering doesn’t do anything; and there’s no complete aggregation). Back to the concrete material basis of financial systems…
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