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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, May 17, 2009

Secretaries tell bosses what to think


By John MacIntyre

Percentage of executives who consider their assistant's opinion important on potential new hires, according to a survey developed by OfficeTeam: 61%

Percentage who said it is very important: 21%

BEWARE UNCLE SAM

Percentage of Americans who view big government as the most serious threat to the country in the future, according to a Gallup Poll: 55%

Percentage who see big business as the greatest threat: 32%

BUDGET SAVVY KIDS

Percentage of parents who have made budgeting a topic for the entire family, according to a study by http://www.CoolSavings.com: 33%

Percentage who feel budgeting is not a conversation for kids: 8%

CHEFS' DOUGH

Average salary of an executive chef in 2008, according to http://www.StarChefs.com: $77,611

Average salary in 2009: $74,869

Percentage more that male executive chefs make than female executive chefs: 18%

A BIT ORGANIC

Percentage of all food products in the U.S. that are organic, according to an Organic Trade Association's 2009 survey: 3.5%

MASSIVE MALWARE

Estimated number of infected computers (including corporate, government and consumer computers around the world) in a malware network discovered by Finjan's Malicious Code Research Center: 1.9 million

Number of government-owned domains (.gov) in the U.S., United Kingdom and some other countries where computers were found to be compromised: 77

Number of people in the cybergang that controls the Ukraine-based server in use just since February responsible for the malware: 6

IDLE THOUGHT

"The difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind."

Charles Darwin

Contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre@bwr.eastlink.ca.