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BusinessWeek points out the struggles at Palm, how their operating system is 5 years old, the last Treo was released in 2003 and they've canceled the Foleo. They announced a new Treo for Europe, which looks interesting.


To add to the Top 9 Reasons to Embrace Two-Factor Authentication We now have Number 10:


Once again, the people in charge of selling soap have come out with a study "proving" that men need to wash their hands more frequently. In Atlanta, they chose the men's room at Turner Field to gather their "data". This location is an excellent choice to validate the predetermined outcome of their "study". The men's room sink counters at Turner Field are cesspools of what is hopefully water that's been sitting there since the Braves' last pennant win. In these washrooms, I go by the Straight Dope's summation of the study by Charles Gerba:

As Professor Gerba's research would later determine, however, the bathroom was hardly the most dangerous part of the house, microbe-wise. The real pesthole: the kitchen sponge or dishcloth, where fecal coliform bacteria from raw meat and such could fester in a damp, nurturing (for a germ) environment. Next came the kitchen sink, the bathroom sink, and the kitchen faucet handle. The toilet seat was the least contaminated of 15 household locales studied. "If an alien came from space and studied the bacterial counts," the professor says, "he probably would conclude he should wash his hands in your toilet and crap in your sink."
I have taught my son not to wash his hands there, not that we go anymore -and that's not because it's too expensive or that they are losing, rather it is the constant barrage of incredibly loud commercials, the horrible music and the fear that some creep is watching me in the bathroom, with a clipboard.


Here is a list of my favorite posts from 2006. Yes, these are my favorites posts by me and yes, it means I'm phoning it in for the rest of the year. Thanks for reading. I intend to kick off the year with the usual thought-provoking, yet not well-thought out


There has been some excellent research done on the impact of information security breaches on the market cap of affected firms (which directly impacts their cost of capital): "The economic cost of publicly announced information security breaches: empirical evidence from the stock market Katherine Campbell, Lawrence A. Gordon, Martin P. Loeb and Lei Zhou Accounting and Information Assurance, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, 2003" (

This UMD study found that a firm suffering a breach of 'confidential information' saw a 5% drop in stock price while firms suffering a non-confidential breach saw no impact.

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