All posts by Jeff Clark

The PC Is Dead—Again

The PC Is Dead—Again
November 10, 2014 No Comments »

Just when you thought you’d heard the last of the “PC is dead” refrain (which is now almost as legendary as “the mainframe is dead”), GE Capital’s CEO, Eric Reed, said, “The PC as we know it will disappear in ... Read More »

Congressional Upheaval Bad for HPC?

Congressional Upheaval Bad for HPC?
November 6, 2014 No Comments »

Yesterday’s congressional elections shifted power from one party to another, with the likely result being only a minor reprioritization of interest groups feeding at the public trough. According to Patrick Thibodeau at Computerworld, members of the science and high-performance-computing (HPC) ... Read More »

Privacy, Privacy Everywhere

Privacy, Privacy Everywhere
November 5, 2014 No Comments »

Perhaps the greatest takeaway from all the recent events surrounding privacy, government snooping, corporate tracking and so on is that no electronic activity can be completely private (apart from using a device with all connectivity circuits burned to a crisp). ... Read More »

Election Day Technology News Roundup

Election Day Technology News Roundup
November 4, 2014 No Comments »

They’re back: elections. And despite all the moralizing about civic duty, you-can’t-complain-if-you-don’t-vote and other bloviation, the outcome is guaranteed to yield no substantial change in public policy. But the impact of technology on the election (and vice versa) has some ... Read More »

Two Perspectives on STEM Shortage

Two Perspectives on STEM Shortage
November 4, 2014 No Comments »

Although technology companies regularly complain about a shortage of talent (likely read: cheap talent), candidates often express frustration at a hiring process that they find increasingly unnavigable. According to Laurianne McLaughlin at InformationWeek, “[H]iring organizations see an IT talent shortage, ... Read More »

Next on Diversity’s Chopping Block: Amazon

Next on Diversity’s Chopping Block: Amazon
November 3, 2014 No Comments »

The latest company to engage in the quasi-religious practice of confession and penance over the ethnic and gender breakdown of its workforce is Amazon. As Rachel King notes at ZDNet, “It’s becoming commonplace for tech companies to now reveal numbers ... Read More »

Dark Side of H-1B

Dark Side of H-1B
October 31, 2014 No Comments »

According to an investigation of immigrant workers in Silicon Valley conducted by the Center for Investigative Reporting and NBC Bay Area, labor brokers (“body shops”) are engaging in dubious practices. These labor brokers use the H1-B visa system to supply ... Read More »

Can Social Media’s Business Model Survive?

Can Social Media’s Business Model Survive?
October 30, 2014 No Comments »

Social media is one of the hottest segments of the Internet , but doubts about profitability and sustainability continue to swirl (think Pets.com), especially in light of Twitter’s recent third-quarter results. The company reported a net loss of $175 million, ... Read More »

Verizon: Cloud Computing Nears Mainstream

Verizon: Cloud Computing Nears Mainstream
October 30, 2014 No Comments »

A new Verizon report suggests that far from being just a buzzword or hype, cloud computing is “rapidly becoming a mainstream delivery model for enterprise IT,” according to DatacenterDynamics. Survey results from 451 Research, which helped Verizon by providing data ... Read More »