All posts by Jeff Clark

Why Passwords Won’t Die

Why Passwords Won’t Die
August 19, 2014 No Comments »

The crusade against passwords has been raging for years, and as the capabilities of various devices increase, alternatives become more feasible. But the case for eliminating passwords is less clear than it may seem, and a headlong rush into an ... Read More »

What Big Data Can’t Do

What Big Data Can’t Do
August 19, 2014 No Comments »

Big data analytics is often portrayed as a business necessity: if you’re not looking for golden needles in your haystacks of data, your company is doomed. Regardless of whether that sentiment is true, big data can’t live up to all ... Read More »

Sharks Taking a Bite out of the Internet

Sharks Taking a Bite out of the Internet
August 15, 2014 No Comments »

Just when you thought it was safe to transmit data through undersea cables, terror struck. According to DatacenterDynamics, Google’s undersea fiber optic cable has been a target of great white sharks, which have been testing the data highway for suitability ... Read More »

Puzzling Layoffs by Cisco

Puzzling Layoffs by Cisco
August 14, 2014 No Comments »

Following in the footsteps of Microsoft, which recently announced some 18,000 job cuts, Cisco is planning a reorganization that will kick as many as 6,000 employees off the company’s rolls in the next year—about 8% of its staff. Despite a ... Read More »

Internet of Things: Peak Hype

Internet of Things: Peak Hype
August 14, 2014 No Comments »

The Internet of Things (IoT) is often viewed as one of the biggest growth opportunities for computing: just think of all the appliances and other items that could stand to incorporate an Internet-connected processor. And, of course, more data center ... Read More »

Judge Rejects Silicon Valley Wage-Fixing Settlement

Judge Rejects Silicon Valley Wage-Fixing Settlement
August 13, 2014 No Comments »

Lending credence to the idea that the supposed STEM shortage is really just a shortage of cheap labor, a number of Silicon Valley giants were recently caught in no-poaching agreements to suppress wages. Adobe, Apple, Google and Intel had agreed ... Read More »

Is the Case for SSDs/Flash Memory Overblown?

Is the Case for SSDs/Flash Memory Overblown?
August 12, 2014 No Comments »

Solid-state drives (SSDs), which typically use NAND flash memory, offer a number of compelling advantages over their close competitor, hard-disk drives (HDDs). These benefits have led to some SSD proponents calling for all but wholesale conversion to flash memory in ... Read More »

Apple and Microsoft on Collision Course?

Apple and Microsoft on Collision Course?
August 12, 2014 No Comments »

Apple recently filed a patent application for an “intelligent digital assistant in a desktop environment”—in other words, Siri on Mac. According to the abstract, the patent filing covers “methods and systems related to interfaces for interacting with a digital assistant ... Read More »

Artificial Intelligence and Learning Machines?

Artificial Intelligence and Learning Machines?
August 11, 2014 No Comments »

Real artificial intelligence (the spooky self-aware kind) is the stuff of science-fiction franchises like The Terminator, but it always seems to be just around the corner. According to Eric Knorr at InfoWorld, a former engineering director for Google Apps (Christopher ... Read More »