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is-this-how-it-starts

According to the WSJ Tech Alert I just got on my soon-to-be-a-brick Blackberry, Google shares dropped 19% after income 'surged' 82% to $372.2 million.

one-laptop-per-child-soldier

I haven't seen many criticisms of the $100 laptop project. It's hard to criticize something that is being done for altruistic reasons. I have always thought that it was not what was needed. Clean water, mosquito netting, text books, schools, things like that seemed more important to me, but since I'm not doing anything (except giving platelets), who am I to talk?

password-equivalence

There's a nice discussion about password systems over at Educated Guess work. Since WiKID is a type of public key-based authentication system, I'm always interested when someone points out their superiority ;).

is-there-a-cheap-stock-issue-for-google-after-the

I'm no lawyer not a securities expert, but I have sold some companies and one issue we had to deal with when selling to a public company was "cheap stock". The concern is that a company might distribute stock cheaply to insiders before going public, then sell it at a premium. (I guess the regulation protects the existing shareholders?) It is also an issue for employees who get options before an IPO. Options that are granted with the strike price equal to the value of the underlying are not taxed because there is no gain. But if the next day the stock triples because of an IPO, was the valuation correct? Are taxes owed? This regulation makes more sense to me, because Uncle Sam likes his taxes.

drive-neutral-the-economics-of-carbon-neutrality

My wife and I have 3 kids and thus we have a big car. We bought the Suburban 5 years ago and the guilt has been building up. I'm a big believer in driving cars forever, so what do do?

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