Richard

Richard

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10 years 10 months ago

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<p>As a cold snap envelops much of the country, I'm reminded of a big concern I have about the environmental movement precipitated by fears of global warming.</p>
<p>What if people get bored with the issue because nothing happens for decades?</p>
<p>No, I'm not hoping for bad things to happen. What I'm worried about is the one fact that nobody but the oil companies and warming deniers talk about. All the predictions are wrong. We don't know how much human-produced...


10 years 10 months ago

<p>Andy Grove, the former CEO of Intel Corp., who drove the company to unparalleled success, once famously said that all corporations are run by two motivations: Fear and greed.</p>
<p>It hardly sounds like a ringing endorsement for the morality of business. But there is a lot of truth to it. Greed is obvious; all corporations are out to make money. Fear is the counterbalance. A company must always be watching over its shoulder and on the horizon for that competitor that may come from behind or from ahead of the curve, ready to take your business from you.</p>...


10 years 11 months ago

<p>I was reading <a title="The Climate for Change" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/09/opinion/09gore.html?_r=1&amp;scp=3&amp...">Al Gore's op-ed in the New York Times </a>about how to use green technology to save the economy.</p> <p>It sounds great:</p> <p><span style="color: #0000ff;">"Here is the good news:...


10 years 11 months ago

<p>America elects a new president today, and it's time for a reality check.</p>
<p>Thomas L. Friedman, the columnist for the New York Times, ran a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/02/opinion/02friedman.html?_r=1&amp;em&am...">column on Sunday </a>complaining that "I can&rsquo;t remember a presidential campaign that was so disconnected from the actual challenges of governing that will confront the winner the morning after."</p>
<p>The disconnect? Both candidates promise tax cuts that will enable the middle class (Obama) or the wealthy (McCain) to bail us out of the financial mess we're in now.</p>...


10 years 12 months ago

<p>The Google ad deal with Yahoo is in serious trouble.</p>
<p>The Deal reports that <a href="http://www.thedeal.com/dealscape/2008/10/google_yahoo_likely_to_drop_ve.php">the proposal is, effectively, dead</a>.</p>
<p><span class="georgia12"><span style="background-color: #ffff99;">The Justice Department's Assistant Attorney General Tom Barnett met on Oct. 17 with lawyers for the parties for the second time in two weeks.&nbsp;The outcome of the...


11 years 1 month ago

<p>Google is all over the news right now, with the release of its <a href="http://richardbrandt.blogs.com/richard_brandt_on_google/2008/09/what-i-l...">Chrome Web browser</a>, <a href="http://www.crn.com/storage/210600470">a program to digitize newspaper archives</a>, and a <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/industryNews/...


11 years 1 month ago

<p><br /> In my last posting, I talked about Vinod Khosla&rsquo;s criticism of several green technologies -- such as photovoltaic solar, hybrid or electric cars and &ldquo;clean&rdquo; coal -- as unlikely to have any significant impact on global warming. Khosla believes that in order to make a real difference,&nbsp; politicians, and individual consumers, have to begin looking past the popular fads. "The real solution always comes from left field," he says. "I expect the same thing to happen in energy."<br /> <br /> So what does excite him? Try...


11 years 2 months ago

<p>Technology created the problem of high atmospheric carbon and the threat of global warming. Can technology also provide the solution?<br /> <br /> The short answer is yes. But the more subtle answer is: only if we pursue the right technologies.</p>
<p>Everybody seems to be getting in on the green trend. In 2004, GM said <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2004/01/06/pf/autos/detroit_gm_hybrids/">hybrids made no sense</a>.</p>
<p>Now it's <a href="...


11 years 3 months ago

The New York times has an interesting article about the internal turmoil over the Google Day Care program.

It seems that the task of having someone watch your kids at Google costs more than putting them in the Stanford Ph.D. Program. NYT says Google has been subsidizing the program to the cacophonous tune of $37,000 per child per year. (Stanford's tuition tops out at about $34K.) So the company decided to raise prices to parents, from about $17,000 to nearly $29,000 a year, although Google has apparently backed off on that &ldquo;slightly.

That means parents would pay slightly; less than $29K,...