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British Columbia Big Tree Registry

“The BC BigTree Field Package contains printable information on nominating and measuring trees and also includes a field nomination form that you can take into the field. Download the BC BigTree Field Package before you embark on your tree finding adventures!” “The University of British Columbia - Mandate: To identify, describe, monitor, and conserve the largest trees of eachContinue Reading

UK – Airlines cleared for mobile phone use during flights

BBC News - “The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) says electronic devices such as mobile phones can be left switched on during flights. EASA says that electronic devices do not pose a safety risk. The announcement clears the way for airlines to permit the use of mobile phones, once they have conducted their own safety reviews. Currently airline passengers have toContinue Reading

Journal of Electronic Publishing – Metrics for Measuring Publishing Value

Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP) is a forum for research and discussion about contemporary publishing practices, and the impact of those practices upon users Volume 17, No. 3: Metrics for Measuring Publishing Value: Alternative and Otherwise Title Author(s) Editor’s Note [17.3] Bonn, Maria The Imperative for Open Altmetrics Konkiel, Stacy; Piwowar, Heather; Priem, Jason Measuring OpennessContinue Reading

Personal Ethics & the U.S. Financial Collapse of 2007-08

Trautman, Lawrence J., Personal Ethics & the U.S. Financial Collapse of 2007-08 (September 26, 2014). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2502124 “The seeds for the 2007-09 financial collapse were sewn over many years and nurtured by ill-advised governmental housing policy, the presence of pervasive fraud both large and small and the widespread failure of personal integrity.Continue Reading

SIGTARP – Treasury Significantly Loosened Exe Pay Limits – Excessive Pay for Top 25 Employees at GM and Ally

Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), Report Number 14-001, September 24, 2014.  Treasury Significantly Loosened Executive Pay Limits Resulting in Excessive Pay for Top 25 Employees at GM and Ally (GMAC)  When the Companies Were Not Repaying TARP in Full and Taxpayers Were Suffering Billions of Dollars in Losses. “Overall, SIGTARP foundContinue Reading

Talent, Company Size, and Financial Centres: London and the European Investment Management Industry

Clark, Gordon L., Talent, Company Size, and Financial Centres: London and the European Investment Management Industry (September 24, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2500767 “London dominates the European financial services industry, being the centre-point for advanced financial services, skilled labour, and the complex array of services needed to invest beyond Europe’s borders. As in other global financialContinue Reading

The Production of Investment Returns in Spatially Extensive Financial Markets

Clark, Gordon L. and Monk, Ashby H. B., The Production of Investment Returns in Spatially Extensive Financial Markets (September 16, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2501912 “Investment returns are produced by combining financial assets with human capital, the decision-making protocols of investment institutions, and the electronic infrastructure which supports the flow of information about investment opportunities. AtContinue Reading

Safeguarding State Interests in Health Insurance Exchange Establishment

Monahan, Christine H, Safeguarding State Interests in Health Insurance Exchange Establishment (July 31, 2014). Connecticut Insurance Law Journal, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2500325 “This Article documents that, contrary to popular narratives, states were given and took advantage of numerous opportunities to weigh in on health insurance exchange implementation under the Affordable Care Act. ThisContinue Reading

Consumer Reports test results find iPhone 6 and 6 Plus not as bendy as believed

“Two days ago, the Internet erupted with photos of bent iPhone 6s, and a very-viral video of a guy creasing an iPhone 6 Plus with his bare hands. It seemed like a serious concern, yet everything about the uproar was highly unscientific. We don’t like unscientific, so we promised then that we would use our lab equipment to findContinue Reading

Overview of the U.S. nuclear weapons program

“Nuclear weapons and countering nuclear threats will continue to be a central concern for the United States until we achieve President Obama’s vision of a world without nuclear weapons. The President has identified the dual missions of sustaining a safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrent and countering the threat from nuclear terrorism and nuclear proliferationContinue Reading

Towers Watson annual report on Fortune 500 directors compensation

“Total pay for outside directors at the nation’s largest corporations increased by 6% in 2013, fueled by higher stock-based compensation, according to a new analysis by global professional services company Towers Watson. The study also found that cash compensation remained flat for the first time since 2007, when proxy disclosure rules were enacted requiring companiesContinue Reading

Bourne-Again Shell (Bash) Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

“US-CERT is aware of a Bash vulnerability affecting Unix-based operating systems such as Linux and Mac OS X. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on an affected system. The flaw was originally assigned CVE-2014-6271, but it was later discovered that the patch had an issue in the parser and didContinue Reading