Gongol.com Archives: December 2005
Brian Gongol

Computers and the Internet (2005.12.02)
Hole in Internet Explorer Makes Google Desktop Unsafe
MS is also still behind on patching other problems, too

Business and Finance (2005.12.02)
Tony Blair's Plans for UK Small Businesses

Computers and the Internet (2005.12.02)
Fight Over Internet Governance Comes from Politics, Not Technological Need

Socialism Doesn't Work (2005.12.02)
Provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley Now Apply to Privately-Held Firms
Spillover in any number of different ways means that privately-held firms now end up having to be just as Sarbanes-Oxley-compliant as the publicly-traded firms the rules were designed for. The greater the regulatory burden, the more likely that good people will become criminals without doing anything ethically wrong.

Science and Technology (2005.12.02)
Research Suggests Cornstarch Can Form Basis for Plastics
Equally effective as petroleum bases, but a whole lot cheaper. And it's not just cornstarch they're looking at; also under consideration are things like seaweed and bacterial sludge.

Science and Technology (2005.12.02)
Biofuels Could Benefit from Mushroom Research
Mushrooms are efficient at converting wood and other plant materials into sugars, which is the same thing we do when converting corn into ethanol. Figuring out what mushrooms do right could help improve the efficiency of biofuel generation.

Science and Technology (2005.12.02)
More Electricity Coming from Coal; Emissions Could Drop to Near-Zero
When coal is burned at super-high temperatures and very high pressures, it can be almost completely clean-burning. Since the US has mountains of coal available in the ground, it could be one of our primary long-run sources of fuel.