All posts by Jeff Clark

Technology Companies and Tax Avoidance

Technology Companies and Tax Avoidance
April 7, 2015 No Comments »

Large technology companies (i.e., those that can afford high-powered legal and financial counsel) like Apple have come under scrutiny around the world for so-called tax avoidance. Most recently, Apple, Google and Microsoft became the subjects of an inquiry by the ... Read More »

Bitcoin Foundation Struggling

Bitcoin Foundation Struggling
April 7, 2015 No Comments »

Financial troubles plague the Bitcoin Foundation, which seeks to promote the eponymous cryptocurrency. According to Tim Hornyak at Network World, the organization “is ‘effectively bankrupt’ and has shed most of its staff, a member of the foundation’s board of directors ... Read More »

Discrimination by Websites Against the Disabled?

Discrimination by Websites Against the Disabled?
April 6, 2015 No Comments »

The law of unintended consequences is the bane of many good intentions (which also serve as pavement for a certain road). Techdirt notes that recent court rulings have conflicted over the matter of whether websites must comply with the Americans ... Read More »

Oregon Illustrates Danger of Data Center Tax Breaks

Oregon Illustrates Danger of Data Center Tax Breaks
April 2, 2015 No Comments »

Increasingly, states have sought investment from data center operators by offering tax breaks. A prime example is Oregon, which garnered headlines several years ago as a rising data center location, but complications in the state’s tax policy stole much of ... Read More »

Economics of Ransomware

Economics of Ransomware
April 2, 2015 No Comments »

One of the keys to a successful business model is pricing to ensure a clientele. In the case of so-called ransomware, which involves an attacker encrypting the victim’s files pending payment of some “fee,” economics plays a pivotal role. According ... Read More »

Semi Pro: Moore’s Law Ended Years Ago

Semi Pro: Moore’s Law Ended Years Ago
April 1, 2015 No Comments »

According to a whistleblower from a major player in the semiconductor industry, Moore’s Law—the observation that the number of transistors on a chip doubles at regular time intervals—actually ended a number of years ago. The exponential growth in computing power ... Read More »

How Should the Technology World Address Discrimination?

How Should the Technology World Address Discrimination?
March 31, 2015 No Comments »

The recently passed legislation in Indiana has raised the ire of some executives (such as Apple CEO Tim Cook) and others in the technology world who view it as a license for discrimination. But there’s a way to balance equal ... Read More »

Graphene Products on the Way?

Graphene Products on the Way?
March 31, 2015 No Comments »

One of the main challenges surrounding research on graphene (and its close cousin, carbon nanotubes) has been how to convert this so-called wonder material into marketable products. Despite its high strength, high conductivity and other unique properties, attempts to apply ... Read More »

Implementing Real Fairness and Preempting Legal Controversy

Implementing Real Fairness and Preempting Legal Controversy
March 30, 2015 No Comments »

Two recent legal/legislative stories have ruffled feathers in the technology world and created controversy where there need not be any: the Ellen Pao discrimination case and a recently passed religious-freedom law in Indiana. In both instances, the heart of the ... Read More »