Thursday, May 22, 2008

Does The Company You Work For Read Your Emails?

If you work for one of the U.S. largest corporations, it is probably your case! Proofpoint, a company specialized in email security and data loss prevention, investigated this issue and the results really surprise me.

Their findings show that 41% of the largest companies surveyed (those with 20,000 or more employees) employ staff to read or otherwise analyze the contents of outbound email. That is scary!

Next time, think twice before hitting the send button!

Share of U.S. Companies That Have Terminated An Employee
For Violating Email Policies in the Last 12 Months

Source: Proofpoint, 2008.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Ted Kennedy has a brain tumor

U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy has a malignant brain tumor, doctors treating him at Massachusetts General Hospital said today.

According to preliminary results from a biopsy, the tumor is a malignant glioma in his left parietal lobe. Most primary brain tumors originate from gliomas.

Unfortunately, chances to survive to a brain cancer are not very good.

Brain Cancer Survival Rate (%), U.S., 1996-2002

The survival rate for all type of cancer was 66% in 1996-2002 in the U.S.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

President Medvedev

Dimitri Medvedev has become today the 3rd President of the Russian Federation. As for Vladimir Putin, well, he is not going too far. He should be named Prime Minister later this week.

In April, Putin accepted to become the chairman of the party United Russia. This party controls the Duma and supports the new President. Any major change in Russia’s policies over the next four years would therefore be a surprise...

...a big surprise!

Current Distribution of Seats in the Duma
(Total number of seats: 450)
Images of today's ceromony...

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Obama in North Carolina, Clinton in Indiana

Analysts have talked a lot about the importance of winning today's primaries in Indiana and North Carolina for both Democratic candidates, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Although he has not succeeded in winning both states, Obama likes his position after today's elections! He has won the election by a significant margin in North Carolina and will probably finish only a few points behind Senator Clinton in Indiana.

Tonight’s results mean that Obama not only keeps the lead in the Democratic race, but that he has increased his advance. The speech that he gave to his supporters in Raleigh was more or less a speech of a man who thinks that he has won this fight... of a man who is ready for the next battle.

Here is what tonight’s results show. You must admit that these pie charts look as nice as the ones that CNN has been presenting all night... almost!

May 6, 2008 Primaries in North Carolina and Indiana
Results at 10:30 PM, Eastern Time

Precincts: 85% reporting

Monday, May 5, 2008


Is "Free" emerging as The new economic model?

Some people think so. Take Chris Anderson, editor-in chief of Wired magazine, for example. He explains his idea in the interview he has given to The Globe and Mail this Monday. Interesting, isn't it!?!

I can't wait to get my free car!