All posts by Jeff Clark

Red Hat Jumps on Stock-Buyback Bandwagon

Red Hat Jumps on Stock-Buyback Bandwagon
March 26, 2015 No Comments »

Joining a host of other companies intent on repurchasing their own stock (Apple, IBM and so on), Red Hat announced a new round of stock buybacks totaling $500 million following a strong fourth fiscal quarter. According to Rachel King at ... Read More »

CEB: Fast Growth in Some STEM Fields

CEB: Fast Growth in Some STEM Fields
March 25, 2015 No Comments »

A CEB report highlights several STEM fields that the advisory firm expects to see strong worldwide growth over the next 15 years. “That’s optimistic news for current and future IT pros who keep their skills sharp and plan ahead,” said ... Read More »

How Not to Defend Patent Trolls

How Not to Defend Patent Trolls
March 24, 2015 No Comments »

Opinion regarding so-called patent trolls seems to be almost unanimously negative, but not everyone thinks these organizations—which are often more euphemistically termed “non-practicing entities,” “non-producing entities” or something similar—are rent-seeking monsters. People of good will certainly can argue that patent ... Read More »

DDoS Hiding Other Attacks

DDoS Hiding Other Attacks
March 24, 2015 No Comments »

In movies and on television, the success of some daring plot often relies on the timeless tactic of diversion. In the world of cyber hacking, diversions also play a central role, according to a new Corero Network Security report. Kelly ... Read More »

GoDaddy IPO: When in Doubt, Go Public

GoDaddy IPO: When in Doubt, Go Public
March 23, 2015 No Comments »

Domain host GoDaddy is planning an IPO that currently values the company at about $2.87 billion, according to Natalie Gagliordi at ZDNet. Adding to the growing doubt over valuations of technology companies, however, the company’s SEC filing indicated GoDaddy hasn’t ... Read More »

Data Center Energy Consumption in Context

Data Center Energy Consumption in Context
March 19, 2015 No Comments »

Because the data center industry is so energy intensive, it is a prime candidate for criticism given the growing awareness of environmental issues, the costs (economic and otherwise) of energy production and so on. The general assumption is that since ... Read More »

Carbon Nanotubes: Still Searching for a Problem to Solve

Carbon Nanotubes: Still Searching for a Problem to Solve
March 18, 2015 No Comments »

Carbon nanotubes, and their more recent cousin graphene, exhibit a number of interesting properties ranging from material strength to electrical conductivity. But these “wonder materials,” for all their theoretical benefits, have yet to see many real-world commercial applications. The research ... Read More »

Future Technology Workers Need Less Education, Not More

Future Technology Workers Need Less Education, Not More
March 17, 2015 No Comments »

If a recent study by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) is any indication, decades of pouring more money into education and railroading young people into higher degrees is a failure. For companies that honestly would like to see better-prepared candidates ... Read More »

Tablets Join PCs in the Ranks of the Mature

Tablets Join PCs in the Ranks of the Mature
March 17, 2015 No Comments »

Cheerleaders for tablets as a replacement for PCs may be scratching their heads at the declining growth in tablet sales. “[T]he conquering iPad is seeing its first-ever decline in annual sales, while Android tablets are moving more into phonelike sizes ... Read More »