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9/3/2009
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Global CIO Friday Update: Hair On A Wooden Leg

Welcome to Global CIO's new Friday roundup of quirky and always-interesting news for CIOs. Today: radioactive supply-chains, NFL twits, airline pay-toilets, spinning wheels of death, throne-sniffers, Ethel Merman disco, and more.

Welcome to Global CIO's new Friday-morning roundup of quirky, off-beat, mildly related, and always-interesting news from around the worlds of business and technology. Got a tip for Hair On A Wooden Leg? Send your HOWLer to [email protected] with "HOWL" in the subject line.

Supply-Chain Blues: When A $25M Buy Ends Up Costing $3.2B So some U.S. construction companies purchased $25 million worth of wallboard from China, but the wallboard ended up containing radioactive material. That's bad, but what's worse is that the problem was discovered after the wall board was already installed, and some folks are estimating it'll cost $3.2 billion to clean up this mess. Hey, I know everybody's all hot and bothered these days about alternative energy sources, but this seems a bit extreme.

For more info, check out this piece from SeekingAlpha.com.

NFL (NoFunLeague) Bans In-Game Twittering By Media The pro sports league that features lots of guys who slap around their girlfriends and wives—and even one head coach who beats assistant coaches—has decreed that media-types covering the game cannot use Twitter or other social media during the game. I would gladly offer an attempt to explain the rationale, but the league's policy is incomprehensible to me. From Cnet's Don Reisinger's report: "Longstanding policies prohibiting play-by-play descriptions of NFL games in progress apply fully to Twitter and other social media platforms," the National Football League said in its statement. "Internet sites may not post detailed information that approximates play-by-play during a game."

Which Is Worse: Airline 'Boarding Fees' Or Snow Leopard's 'Spinning Wheel Of Death'? Southwest figures that since there's no money to be made in its first-come, first-aboard tradition, it'll apply the profit motive to the boarding process by letting passengers buy priority boarding rights for $10. Clearly, pay-toilets are next—and if Southwest figures you'll pay $10 to board early, how much do you think they'll charge for you to use the only comfort facility within 35,000 feet? Then again, it could be worse—much worse—as you could be one of those poor zombies who's been hypnotized by Snow Leopard's "spinning wheel of death," a malady so terrible, so awful, so frightening that only my stout-heared colleague Paul McDougall was brave enough to write about it.

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Larry Ellison Might Pick 'Spinning Wheel Of Death' Over Deep Probe By European Union Facing a few more months during which HP, IBM and others can continue scarfing up Sun customers, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has been told that the European Union bureaucrats want to doodle and noodle over documents for a few more months before granting their imprimatur on Oracle's acquisition of Sun. What a world—shareholders for both companies approve it and the U.S. approves it and a few billion dollars in revenue are hanging in the balance, but some anti-capitalist throne-sniffers somewhere in Europe will waste a few months under the pretense of restraining rapacious capitalism while Oracle's $7.4 billion investment—and a great deal of potential business-technology innovation—fizlzles away. Read all about it in this Washington Post article, and I hope you get as big a laugh out of the headline as I did: "In Oracle-Sun Deal, Europeans Prove Tougher Than U.S. Regulators."

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