Is not accepting
cash legal?

Posted by on January 11, 2018 at 3:23 pm

It had to happen sooner or later. “No cash accepted” signs are popping up. Not long ago, CBS News Moneywatch reported that … … increasing numbers of restaurants and retailers are now snubbing the lowly dollar bill. Some merchants such as SweetGreen, a salad chain, refuse to open their registers for cash, telling customers they [...]

The net effect
of net neutrality

Posted by on January 3, 2018 at 3:23 pm

Perhaps you heard: A couple of weeks ago the FCC under chairman Ajit Pai voted to repeal the 2015 regulations.  It all started in 2008, when the people at Comcast noticed a curious thing. File-transfer giant BitTorrent was consuming more and more Internet bandwidth. More, it seemed, than Comcast cared for them to consume. Comcast’s [...]

In a hollow in the
snowy ground

Posted by on December 27, 2017 at 3:05 pm

This time of year it’s traditional, and I am inclined, to offer a holiday thought. I admit to a bit of apprehension. Of late, what one says or fails to say has the potential to offend. I hope the spirit of what I wish to get across transcends. I live in the Salt Lake Valley, [...]

Captain Kirk and the
value of not working in
a (figurative) vacuum

Posted by on December 13, 2017 at 3:25 pm

We’ve come a long way since the 23rd century. Back in those days, Captain Kirk’s “communicator” was nothing but a flip phone. Not only that. He used it to place voice calls, of all things. The ship’s computer answered to “Computer” and spoke in a monotone. Only in one episode did it sport a personality. [...]

$11k and counting

Posted by on December 5, 2017 at 2:18 pm

Last week, digital asset broker Coinbase’s vice president and general manager of GDAX Adam White took the podium at the Consensus Invest Conference in New York City to extoll the performance of cryptocurrency. Later that evening, the news was everywhere: Bitcoin had surpassed the $10,000 mark. Of course, that’s old news. As I was preparing [...]