Monthly Archives: October 2011

Will Europe’s redesigned bailout fund be up to the task?

By Howard Schneider and Michael Birnbaum – The dangers became clearer Friday when the rate Italy must pay for borrowing money over the long term spiked above 6 percent, a level considered unsustainable for a government. This increase in borrowing costs means investors are worried that Italy, the euro zone’s third-largest economy, could have trouble paying its bills even after the rescue fund has been given more firepower to help cash-strapped governments.

In the plan produced this week after days of marathon negotiations, it will fall to the EFSF to try to keep such elevated borrowing costs from turning into a full-fledged meltdown — in Italy or anywhere else in the euro region. more>

Euro deal leaves much to do on rescue fund, Greek debt

By Luke Baker and Julien Toyer – Reached after more than eight hours of hard-nosed negotiations between bankers, heads of state and the IMF, the deal also foresees a recapitalization of hard-hit European banks and a leveraging of the bloc’s rescue fund, the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), to give it firepower of 1.0 trillion euros ($1.4 trillion).

But key aspects of the deal, including the mechanics of boosting the EFSF and providing Greek debt relief, could take weeks to pin down, meaning the plan to rebuild confidence after two years of crisis could unravel over the details. more>

Are you ready for networking in the cloud?

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By Jim Metzler – Recently, cloud service providers have begun offering a new class of solutions, which have historically been provided by the IT infrastructure group. In addition to the communications and collaboration, this includes network and application optimization, security, management and virtualized desktops.

We’re calling this new class of solutions Cloud Networking Services (CNS). The introduction of CNS presents the IT infrastructure group with a new challenge. more>

Top 5 Roadblocks to Digital Factory of the Future

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By Alexander Wolfe – PLCs and PACs with higher capabilities for programmability and intercommunications are the cornerstones of factory automation. The other linchpin is easier and more global programming capabilities.

I’ve been trying to codify the top challenges facing engineers in the factory automation sector. The roadblocks on the path to a seamlessly integrated engineering tool chain are many, and they’re often hard to articulate. The roadblocks on the path to a seamlessly integrated engineering tool chain are many, and they’re often hard to articulate. I’d list the following as the five most serious impediments to the digital factory of the future:

  • Cost, cost, cost
  • Understandability
  • Open standards and bus compatibility
  • Safety
  • Enterprisation of the factory




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CONGRESS WATCH Rep. Scott Garrett Makes New Milford Chamber of Commerce First Stop on 5th District Business Tour, Ann Piccirillo, New Milford Patch/US Congress Garrett addresses regulations, economy during visit to Ho-Ho-Kus business, John Clyde, Town Journal/US Congress Garrett chats … Continue reading


CONGRESS WATCH Graves, Mulvaney Applaud House Passage of 3% Withholding Repeal, US Congress Chairman Mulvaney: Repeal the 3 Percent Withholding Tax, US Congress Graves Holds Hearing with SBA Administrator Karen Mills, US Congress Testimony of Karen G. Mills, SBA Administrator … Continue reading


US CONGRESS – House Floor – Week of OCTOBER 31, 2011 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST 1) H.R. 1002 – Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011 (Sponsored Rep. Zoe Lofgren / Judiciary Committee) 2) H.Con.Res 13 – Reaffirming “In God We Trust” … Continue reading


CONGRESS WATCH Senator Rubio Participates in Jacksonville Small Business Roundtable, YouTube [VIDEO 2:08] Sen. Rubio Meets with Tampa Small Business Leaders, YouTube [VIDEO 0:39] Senator Rubio Applauds U.S. House For Exposing Job-Destroying IRS Mandate, US Senate


CONGRESS WATCH Lee TV – October 28, 2011, YouTube [VIDEO 3:05]