All posts by Jeff Clark

Australia: Blame Edward Snowden for Data-Retention Law

Australia: Blame Edward Snowden for Data-Retention Law
January 23, 2015 No Comments »

Who says tyrants have no sense of humor? According to Josh Taylor at ZDNet, Australia’s attorney-general department is blaming Edward Snowden for necessitating that the government impose data-retention requirements on the nation’s telecommunications companies. These companies “would be required to ... Read More »

PCs Are Here to Stay—And So Is the Keyboard

PCs Are Here to Stay—And So Is the Keyboard
January 22, 2015 No Comments »

On a number of occasions, I’ve addressed the common refrain that “the PC is dead.” Well, it’s not dead, and the forecasted uptick in shipments combined with cooling growth in the mobile market suggests that, as I predicted, the various ... Read More »

Bigger Blues for IBM

Bigger Blues for IBM
January 22, 2015 No Comments »

Despite being the leading patent-monger in 2014, IBM still closed the calendar year with some painful financials. The company’s stock-buyback program (something ZeroHedge describes as “that last refuge of a company with no growth prospects”) has helped keep its share ... Read More »

Can Patent Trolls Be Stopped Without Systemic Reform?

Can Patent Trolls Be Stopped Without Systemic Reform?
January 20, 2015 No Comments »

Patent trolls are widely despised, but efforts to curb their more egregious behavior without undercutting the rationale of the patent system run into numerous difficulties. Yet with so much time, effort and money invested in patents—the U.S. Patent and Trademark ... Read More »

IHS Data Center Trends Survey Continues

IHS Data Center Trends Survey Continues
January 20, 2015 1 Comment »

There’s still time to participate in IHS’s Trends in the Data Center survey. By answering a few brief questions about their IT strategies, respondents can receive a free copy of the subsequent report. The survey is broad based, taking into ... Read More »

Bill Nye Weighs In on STEM “Shortage”

Bill Nye Weighs In on STEM “Shortage”
January 19, 2015 No Comments »

Bill Nye has joined the chorus for a solution to the supposed STEM problem. In a piece at CNBC, the man well known as the “Science Guy” for his 1990s science show aimed at children said, “Science is the best ... Read More »

IT Degrees Are Still the Career Ticket

IT Degrees Are Still the Career Ticket
January 15, 2015 No Comments »

If Steve Jobs and Bill Gates did it, why can’t everyone else? Fortunately or unfortunately, not everyone is a Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. Achieving a successful career in IT, as in so many other fields, is less about what ... Read More »

H-1B Legislation and American Jingoism

H-1B Legislation and American Jingoism
January 15, 2015 2 Comments »

Nothing brings out the jingo in the average American more than talk of foreign workers (except, perhaps, talk of terrorism). The response to efforts to raise the cap for immigrant workers under the H-1B visa program thus garners lamentation of ... Read More »

New CISPA Battle Looming?

New CISPA Battle Looming?
January 14, 2015 No Comments »

Given the corporatist (i.e., fascist) structure of the economy and the national-security-trumps-all mentality of government officials, it’s not surprising that bills like CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) keep reappearing. According to Zack Whittaker at ZDNet, “The White House ... Read More »