Thursday, October 16, 2008

morning metric miscellany

BusinessWeek ranks Pittsburgh in list of the best cities to ride out a recession. Strange use of city metrics not regional ones as best I can tell to some degree. fwiw.

and just some more obsession on metrics: read the NYT freakonomics on The Mailman Index of Economic Indicators which discusses things like the trend in unsolicited credit card offers.

and something for Schultz to work on.. via the Map Room is info about the San Francisco Solar Map. Is it even worth doing something similar here? SF is not exactly the sunniest city either.

and this may not fit into metrics... but I see no notice of this little snippit that according to Wired a major Cybercrime Supersite 'DarkMarket' Was actually an FBI Sting operation based in Pittsburgh that closed recently. More interesting, the existance of the program was unearched when documents from the:
German national police obtained by the Südwestrundfunk, Southwest Germany public radio, blow the lid off the long running sting by revealing its role in nabbing a German credit card forger active on DarkMarket. The FBI agent is identified in the documents as J. Keith Mularski, a senior cybercrime agent based at the National Cyber Forensics Training Alliance in Pittsburgh, who ran the site under the hacker handle Master Splynter.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate studies that use city metrics instead of metro metrics. Looking at the "number of workers" puts Pittsburgh in the league of Lubbock Texas according to their study. Still, I think there's a lot of reason to be bullish about Metro Pittsburgh's economy in the face of the national economic calamity.

Thursday, October 16, 2008 1:34:00 PM  
Blogger Schultz said...

We don't have much wind generating capacity here in the Pittsburgh area but if Germany can become the world's top producer of solar electricity then there is surely a market here, especially if a local company like Plextronics can commercialize their thin solar cells. While only 5% in efficiency they could cover every roof in downtown Pittsburgh. Speaking of roofs, Highmark announced the completion of downtown's first green roof. While solar may be too expensive to put on every downtown roof I think the benefits of installing green roofs make them a worthwhile endeavor for every building owner.

Thursday, October 16, 2008 8:40:00 PM  

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