I missed yesterday. Oops. Not for lack of material.
I was struck that documents turned over in the GM ignition defect case establish that GM ordered 500,000 new switches seven weeks before issuing the vehicle recall. “GM Ordered New Switches Seven Weeks Before Recall,” Wall Street Journal, November 10, 2014 A1. So much for who knew what when.
Analyzing Big Data shows that last year, the Sunday before Thanksgiving was the best day (in terms of lowest price) of the Christmas shopping season. “Snagging the Holiday Deals,” Wall Street Journal, November 10, 2014 B1. Now, will retailers do the same this year? Will shoppers react the same way? That’s not information, that’s (educated?) guessing. WSJ will track prices online. Now there’s an information-based service.
It’s almost to the point of the stories becoming dog-bites-man routine. Another day, another breach. “Postal Service Hit by a Vast Data Breach,” Wall Street Journal, November 11, 2014 A4. Only 800,000 people affected.
But for me the biggest story was the push for what has been called net neutrality. “President Pushes Stricter Net Rules,” Wall Street Journal, November 11, 2014 A1. It’s really about more government control of the Internet. Do we really want the people who designed and rolled out HealthCare.gov to control the Internet? Who really owns the Internet? And what will happen to the information flow (other than Netflix)?